We are thrilled to announce that in conjunction with African Parks, we are building a new luxury camp in Liuwa Plain which is scheduled to open in 2017.
The name of the camp, King Lewanika, was chosen in homage to the Lozi King who proclaimed Liuwa Plain as a protected area in the 1880s. The area incorporating Liuwa Plain 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'. Since 2003, the park has been managed by African Parks through a public-private partnership with the Zambian Government and the Barotse Royal Establishment.
Located on the upper Munde stream, a site chosen for its sweeping vistas and complete wildlife immersion, King Lewanika will comprise six luxury villas including a two bedroomed family villa, with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests. It has been designed by acclaimed lodge architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who are also responsible for the design of Norman Carr Safaris’ flagship camp, Chinzombo, in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and sister property, Miavana, a new development in progress in Madagascar under the marketing umbrella of Time + Tide.
Western Zambia is full of stories and the tale which formed the original name “Mambeti” is one of our favourites. The name pays homage to two remarkable residents of the park – Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Mambeti who lived, died and is buried in Liuwa was a member of the Lozi tribe and a highly revered grandmother to several existing park staff.
Lady Liuwa is the world-famous matriarch around whom the park’s lion pride has evolved. According to local folklore Mambeti, the grandmother, was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the lioness, and is the reason why the lioness spends so much time in the same woodlands area frequented by the elderly lady in her twilight years and near to where she was buried.
In addition to its famed lions, Liuwa is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, recovering cheetah numbers, a burgeoning hyena population, wild dogs, abundant zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and tessebe herds and more than 300 bird species. It is not uncommon to see millions of pratincoles and spectacular kaleidoscopes of crowned cranes and endangered wattled cranes which start flocking at the onset of the rains.
In 2016, our safaris in Liuwa Plain will continue to operate out of Matamanene Camp (which will close to guests once King Lewanika is open). The 4 and 5 night set departure safaris will be guided by veteran Norman Carr Safaris' guides from the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plain National Park. The 4 simple, yet comfortable tents of Matamanene, 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 large lounge area includes a small library, bar and dining space. The campfire is the perfect place to swap stories under the African night sky.
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