We are excited to announce that as of May 2015 Norman Carr Safaris (Time & Tide) we will offer safaris in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. They are giving the existing camp, Matamanene (previously run by Robin Pope Safaris), a soft facelift and will be operating 4 and 5 night set departure safaris guided by veteran Norman Carr Safaris’ guides; this will be the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plain National Park. The new, luxurious Kokomo camp (meaning wildebeest in Lozi) is scheduled to open in 2016.
The area has a long and rich history and is homeland of the Lozi people. The traditional Monarch of the area is the Paramount Chief or King, called the Litunga, meaning ‘keeper or guardian of the earth’. One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was proclaimed a game reserve by the king in the early 1880’s; protected by the Lozi people and used as a royal hunting ground.
Liuwa is a true Wilderness, managed by African Parks Zambia since 2003. Guests will be able to see first hand how African Parks and the Zambian Carnivore Programme are securing the future of this recovering ecosystem. Often described as the photographers dream, guests will see thousands of wildebeest, discover various species of rare birds (330 species; some in flocks of hundreds), follow cheetah hunt in the plains or watch clans of up to 50 hyena interacting at their den. There is something for everyone.
The 4 simple, yet comfortable tents are set in a small island of trees in the heart of the park. They are raised slightly off the ground, offer twin or double beds and have ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. The chitenje – large central area – includes a small library and comfortable seating area, bar and dining area. The campfire is the perfect place to swap stories under the African night sky.
Liuwa should prove a very special add-on to a Zambia safari for those looking for a a genuine wilderness experience. Contact us for more details.