highlights and main attractions of liuwa plains national park
Situated in the flood plains of western Zambia, in the upper Zambezi, the 3,660 square kilometre Liuwa Plains National Park is considered one of the most amazing wildlife parks in the whole of Africa. Relatively untouched, this pristine wilderness had no roads until recently and still remains just as wild and remote as ever, bordered by Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Looking out over the vast flat plains, which appear to stretch straight into the horizon, it is not hard to picture the history of the park before you. In the 1880s it was proclaimed by the King of Barotsland and used as his royal hunting ground. The Lozi people, which now live around it, were placed within by the Litunga (the King) and used as gamekeepers. It was officially made a national park in 1972, becoming part of the African Parks project in 2003.
This land of abundance and diversity offers huge honey-coloured grassy plains which, in the rainy season make a stark and powerful contrast to the dramatic, electric blue of the sky. The occasional small tree islands pepper the landscape and you will sometimes come across clusters of raffia palms.
In the centre there is a scattering of flat open pans which can hold the heavy rains well into the dry season, wonderful areas of interest to safari-goers.