Luiwa Plains

Luiwa Plains is the setting or the 2nd largest wildebeest migration in Africa.

Liuwa Plains  is a found in the remote corner in the far west of Zambia and is perfect for traveller. looking for a true authentic  bush/ safari experience.  A pristine wilderness is its biggest attraction, and the rewards are great indeed.  The game is spread out across the plains and takes some driving around to find, but to come upon a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, or a pride of dozing lions in this hidden piece of Africa is especially fitting because of its completely natural and uncommercialised state. The birdlife is abundant and the very dramatic storms and lightning rising up on the horizon, contrasting with the green and gold grasslands, create spectacular views and fantastic photographic opportunities. The Park is around 366 000 hectares. 

Liuwa Plains is most renowned as the home to Lady Luiwa - an  African lioness  (film “The Last Lioness.").  Lady Luiwa was on everybody’s bucket list visiting Luiwa Plains but she sadly passed away in 2017 of natural causes at an incredible age of 17. Following the turmoil of the Angolan civil war, poaching and illegal trophy hunting decimated the lion population in the park; leaving but one, Lady Liuwa. For years Lady Liuwa lived alone, roaming Liuwa Plain without a pride. While on assignment documenting spotted hyenas in 2005, filmmaker Herbert Brauer developed a relationship with the isolated lioness.

Time + Tide King Lewanika Lodge opened in 2017 making it the only permanent lodging in Zambia’s untouched Liuwa Plain National Park. The lodge was conceptualized in collaboration with African Parks, the conservation non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment, to bring unrivaled access and absolute exclusivity to the unspoiled region.  

King Lewanika Lodge’s setting offers total immersion in the vast landscape, allowing travelers to experience nature’s masterpieces in a simple, sustainable, and meaningful way. With top-notch, experienced guides and intimate safari excursions, guests can tap into the magic of Liuwa Plain National Park, which is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, a growing cheetah population and famed lion prides.  

Situated on the upper Zambezi flood plains of western Zambia, the region is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Largely untouched by crowds and paved roads, Liuwa Plain National Park boasts one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, as it was proclaimed a protected area by the lodge’s namesake, King Lewanika of the Lozi tribe in the early 1880s. Brand new this spring, ProFlight (Zambia’s national airline) has launched new direct flights from Lusaka to Kalabo, bringing a new level of simple access to the region. In this new chapter, African Parks and Time + Tide will continue the region’s legacy of conservation through educational, economic and environmental efforts in the community.  

There is a variety of wildlife to explore alongside Zambia’s top guides, including: a burgeoning hyena population, abundant zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and tsessebe herds, more than 300 bird species, and the aforementioned lions and cheetah. To experience the abundance of wildlife, day and night drives in open 4x4 vehicles, along with the iconic Zambian walking tours will be offered.  August to December is best time to visit. In November as the rainy season begins, dramatic cloud formations erupt as the storms build, creating spectacular skylines and with the onset of the rains, carpets of flowers explode around the pans. This is also the time when large herds of blue wildebeest migrate across the plains from neighbouring Angola.