Liuwa Plain National Park • Zambia

Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is truly a place of abundance and diversity. Home to one of the largest wildebeest populations in Africa, it is also a particularly important site for crane conservation in Africa. Thousands of people live inside the park, a legacy that dates back to the late 19th century, when the Barotse King declared it a protected area, appointing his people as the custodians to look after the reserve and its wildlife. The result is a unique ecosystem where people and wildlife coexist, and an opportunity for the park to finds ways to make this coexistence mutually beneficial. 

Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterised by seasonally flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Although it was only given national park status in 1972, Liuwa has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa. Originally proclaimed by the King of Barotseland in the early 1880s, it was historically used as a royal hunting ground and was protected by the Lozi people. Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, offering spectacular sights of thousands of animals. Herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe also graze the plains and are stalked by predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion. Liuwa also supports globally important bird populations.

Liuwa Plain National Park

P.O. Box 930094

Kalabo

Zambia