This remote park in the far west is pristine wilderness, which, to the ardent bush-lover, 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 forgotten 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.
Best time to visit – August to December. 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.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Robin Pope Safaris offer fly in safaris in Dec and May/June. Hemingways offers tailor made tours and safaris anywhere in Zambia (specialising in trips to the remote Liuwa Plains). They also offer specialist vehicle hire and disabled accessible transport and can organise accommodation and adventure activities throughout Zambia and Southern Africa. Private access demands at least two 4WD vehicles, complete self sufficiency in terms of fuel, catering and camping supplies as well as a healthy degree of offroad driving experience. Permission for private entry can be obtained from the National Parks and Wildlife Services office at Chilanga (near Lusaka) or Kalabo, the closest town to the plains. Kalabo is also the place to hire a guide. This is essential as it is very easy to get very lost. The road from Katima Mulilo to Kalabo is fine up to the Nangweshi/Senanga ferry. From that point to Kalabo, estimate two days to do the 180 kilometres – low range driving over very sandy roads. There is no fuel available at Kalabo so carry extra supplies. Accessing Kalabo from Mongu depends on the seasonal levels of the Zambezi – enquire at Mongu’s port office for available options which range from the Post Boat to two ferries.
PARK FEES : (subject to change without notice)
NON-RESIDENTS US$ 40 entry fee per person per day US$ 10 camping fee per person per night Children under 12 free Children under 12 free RESIDENTS ZMK 20 000.00 entry fee per person ZMK 20 000.00 camping fee per person Children between 12 and 15 half charge Children between 12 and 15 half charge GUIDE US$ 10 per Scout