The 'Hidden Gem' of Liuwa Plains National Park

“Liuwa is a wonderfully relaxing destination for travellers that have already ticked off the Big Five and seek a unique landscape with fantastic photographic opportunities.” Simon, Nov ’15

Liuwa has undergone a tremendous re-birth under the stewardship of African Parks and while their bi-annual WILDEBEEST “MIGRATION” is probably still its most renowned feature, the ENDLESS SKIES, LARGE PACKS OF HYENAS, INCREDIBLE FLORAL BLOOMS and the Lions of Liuwa – all make a visit to Liuwa richly rewarding. The wildebeest are normally more accessible in May/June and again in November/December depending on seasonal rainfall so these are the prime windows to visit. However, as the park recovers, there are still more than enough attractions to make a visit between these times worthwhile!

Liuwa Plains is perfectly suited to:

Game DrivesBush WalksBird Watching

What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:

Kuomboka Ceremony

For people planning a visit to the Liuwa region in April, another attraction is the Kuomboka Ceremony. This famous traditional ceremony sees the Litunga – the King of Barotseland – being paddled in his massive barge from his ‘low water’ palace in Lealui to the ‘higher ground’ in Limilunga.

Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plain National Park is affectionately called Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. November and December are prime months to visit with stunning skies and flower blooms but May and June are also superb albeit, muddy!


Liuwa is one of the best places in Zambia to see the world’s fastest land mammal. Under close protection and with an abundance of prey, these popular, diurnal cats are doing very well in Liuwa.

Big 5

Although not a classic Big 5 area, the famous lions of Liuwa are a highlight for any visit to Liuwa.

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

King Lewanika Lodge

A newly-opened luxury lodge in the heart of th Park, offering great opportunities for game viewing.

Liuwa Plains Travel Packages

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Bats and beests

A first for Zambia combining the wildebeest of Liuwa with the sensational bat migration of Kasanka. TWO migrations in a single trip!

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Great Parks of Zambia

An 8 night safari at the highest level of luxury that Zambia has to offer across 2 very different and complimentary National Parks in Zambia.

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Liuwa Plains Photo Gallery

Photographs from the featured region

Routes through the Western Region of Zambia

This is one of the most popular ‘UP AND COMING’ SELF DRIVE ROUTES in Zambia as it adds on seamlessly to trips ending in Katima Mulilo from Namibia OR Chobe via Ngoma border post in Botswana.

The Katima / Sesheke Zambia border post is busy and we recommend getting supplies and fuel in Katima before crossing. We recommend planning 2 nights at Mutemwa Lodge (enjoy a spot of fishing or day trip to the Sioma Falls) but if you are camping, then Kabula Lodge is a good spot. The bridge over the Zambezi at Sioma is your next landmark but if you wish to explore Sioma Ngwezi, fully inclusive safari packages are available through Mutemwa Lodge OR if you are fully self sufficient, you can speak to the DNPW authorities in Sioma and go off the ‘grid.’ There is also a campsite in the Ngonye Falls Community Park and they offer to take people out by boat to see the Falls but if you want the full “beer and G&T moment” in the Falls – best to speak to Mutemwa Lodge.

After leaving the Sioma region behind, you will have the towns of Senanga and Mongu ahead of you. Both are classic African towns with Mongu offering more in terms of an overnight stop with camping at Mutoya (the Mongu option, not Lukulu!) and various local hotels or inns ranging from budget to interesting! Mongu is where you would head across the floodplains to access Kalabo, the main point of entry to Liuwa Plain National Park and Liuwa offers a handful of campsites (booked through African Parks) or the magnificent King Lewanika Lodge. Once you have visited Liuwa, then most people either head back down to Sesheke / Katima OR begin to explore Kafue National Park.

For those wishing to experience the legendary Barotse Floodplains tigerfishing, then you need to continue from Mongu onto the town of Kaoma. Making sure to refuel and carry extra fuel from Mongu, just before Kaoma is the turnoff to the 195km dirt road to Lukulu. This road normally takes about 5 hours and then, by following the dirt road through the Sancta Maria Mission, you will arrive at the Lukulu “Harbour” where the fishing camps like Lungwebungu or Matoya collect their clients. Although there are lesser known roads to explore, the conventional route back to either Mongu or into the Kafue would be to drive back to Kaoma (anther spot to refuel) and head on into the Kafue National Park. See more in this under the SOUTHERN ROUTE.

South Luangwa Photo Gallery

Photographs from the the above packages