Liuwa Plain National Park

Liuwa Plain National Park within the vast plains of the Barotse Floodplain offers a serene and unspoiled environment that allows for an intimate reconnection with nature.

A Land Unchanged by Time

Liuwa Plain in western Zambia has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, dating back to the late 19th century when the King of Barotseland appointed his people as the custodians of the reserve, which they remain today. An estimated ten thousand people are legally living within the park, making Liuwa a prime example of how people and wildlife can co-exist and benefit in a shared landscape. Annually, Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent, numbering around 30,000 individuals. A spectacle to behold as they are joined by thousands of zebras and oribi, hyenas in clans of 50 or more and speeding cheetahs on the hunt. Liuwa Plain is also renowned for its birdlife, attracting both resident and migratory species.

The Barotse Floodplain, An Ever-Changing Landscape

At the heart of Liuwa Plain National Park lies the Barotse Floodplain, a dynamic and ever-changing landscape that adds to the park’s allure. During the rainy season, the floodplain transforms into a vast wetland teeming with life, attracting a multitude of bird species and providing a fertile habitat for wildlife. As the dry season sets in, the floodwaters recede, revealing a mosaic of grassy plains and scattered waterholes. It is during this time that predators take advantage of the concentration of wildlife, creating thrilling hunting scenes. From the wattled crane to masses of colourful carmine bee-eater, birdwatchers will be captivated by the diversity of avian life.  Watch flocks of cranes swirl over wildflowers. Listen to the distant rumble of an afternoon thunderstorm gathering on the horizon. Explore the vast grassy plains that stretch as far as the eye can see, witnessing the incredible wildlife that calls this region home as you reconnect with the sights, sounds, and scents of the African wilderness.


Liuwa Plain National Park has only a small number of lodges which offer luxurious yet intimate and eco-friendly with warm hospitality from staff who are dedicated to creating a memorable stay.