Matamanene Camp - Liuwa Plain
Liuwa Plain National Park is a true wilderness area. This recovering ecosystem is often described as a photographers dream as guests can see thousands of wildebeest, discover various species of rare birds, follow cheetahs or perhaps lions, or watch clans of up to 50 hyena interacting at their den. The magnificent sunsets over the plains and the expansive vistas make for awe inspiring days spent either on walking or game driving safaris.There is something for everyone at Matamanene Camp which is set in the heart of the park.
Accommodation consists of four comfortable yet simple meru style tents. The tents are situated in a small woodland, and are raised slightly off the ground, offer twin or double beds and have ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. The large central area known as the chitenje includes a small library, a comfortable seating area, the bar and a dining area.
Game drives in an open 4X4 vehicle, head deep into the park to get up close and personal with the game. With your guide and scout, you have the opportunity to get out of the vehicle and explore the Plain on foot depending on what you find. The birdlife in Liuwa is extraordinary. At certain times of the year the pans will be occupied by hundreds of pelicans, wattled or crowned cranes, geese and smaller waterbirds. Guests can spend hours with a camera or binoculars watching the multitude of species that come to drink at the waterholes.
Guests at Matamanene have the opportunity to spend a day with members of the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP), a non-profit research team dedicated to conserving large carnivore species and the eco-systems in which they reside. The team have a permanent base in Liuwa Plain and Norman Carr Safaris has teamed up with them to offer guests the chance to track some of the large carnivore species which reside in the park, wild dog, lion, cheetah and hyena.
Guests also have the chance to visit one of the local villages within the boundaries of the Park. Liuwa Plain offers a fascinating mix of protected land occupied by wildlife and thousands of humans who also live in the Park.
Afterwards rest and soak up the magical atmosphere of one of the most remarkable vistas in Zambia before afternoon tea and your evening game drive. Have sundowners by one of the many hyena dens in the Park and you will wonder who is watching who!
After dinner under the stars, guests can sit around the campfire which is the perfect place to swap stories after a wonderful day of game viewing.
Norman Carr offer both 4 and 5 night safaris to Matamanene Camp. Prices start at $4640 per person for a 4 night stay, inclusive of flights.
Photographs with the kind permission of and copyrighted to Peter Fernhead, Will Burrard-Lucas and Noeline Tredoux.