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 uncommercialized 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.
What to do in Liuwa Plains National Park
It is advisable to get a local guide if you are driving through this park. It is vast and easy to get lost. But the rewards are great. Huge herds of wildebeest can be seen, over 43 000 traverse the park. Also herds of Zebra, Tsessebe, Roan and Red Lechwe. Predators are primarily wild dog, cheetah and at the moment one pride of lion. Hyaena are also common. Buffalo and Eland have been recently re-introduced to the park.
Liuwa also has extraordinarily diverse birdlife which includes many rare and migratory species. A total of 334 bird species have been recorded so be sure to bring those binoculars. Liuwa is considered to be the fourth most important breeding site for wattled cranes. The arrival of the annual floods marks the arrival of a wealth of water birds and the spectacle of massive migrating flocks is not uncommon in Liuwa.
When visiting Liuwa ask the local people about cultural dancing, traditional fishing and boating activities on offer from the community camp sites. This is a dimension of Liuwa well worth experiencing, especially after the great effort it takes to reach the plain!
Matoya Fishing Lodge
The lodge compromises 7 luxury thatched chalets, which accommodate for 14 guests on a trip; hereby ensuring that you always have that extra individual attention and a personal touch. The rooms are luxuriously furnished. Despite being out in the beautiful wilderness, we do not expect you to forgo any luxuries and the rooms are therefore fitted with air conditioning unit, hot water and shower facilities , mosquito nets and the lodge is supplied electricity via a state-of-the-art solar system and has a generator back-up.
After an adventurous day of fishing we have catered to ensure you are able to relax and enjoy your stay by unwinding in our beautiful lounge area; or cooling down in our sparkling swimming pool; or enjoying a drink in the evening on the wooden deck overlooking the Zambezi, soaking up the splendor of an African sunset.
Let’s not forget our tantalizing international cuisine ranging from homemade pastries and desserts to a large variety of mouth watering hot and cold dishes. We are also gladly willing to cater for special dietary requirements i.e. vegetarian, halaal, kosher etc.
About Matoya Fishing Lodge
The luxurious Matoya lodge is located 600km from the capital city of Zambia and is set amidst pristine wilderness; in the grassy, wetland enclaves of the Barotse floodplains.
Whether you are an avid angler or a beginner- with a love for nature and the finer things; this guarantees to be a trip that meets and exceeds all your expectations.
Our amazing team takes extra care that every detail of your trip is carefully tailored and executed. Our staff focus on your entire end-to-end experience and are renowned for being friendly, accommodating and intuitive of your every need.
The fresh water game fishing experience is an adventurous angler’s dream. The world-renowned, extreme fighting Tiger Fish, is indigenous to the fresh waterways of the Barotse floodplains.This species, well known for its fierceness and leaping ability, has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s toughest freshwater fish to restrain. The tiger fish vary in size, and are plentiful in this part of the Zambezi. Large bream and trophy-sized tiger fish are abundant. Matoya Fishing Lodge follows a strict catch-and-release policy to preserve the precious fish resources of the pristine Upper Zambezi River and Barotse flood plains. The Lodge is careful of its carbon footprint and therefore has a fleet of seven boats, powered by four-stroke motors which are guaranteed to minimize carbon emissions into the environment.
All our guides are experienced world-class professionals who are the finest in Southern Africa. The guides are local guides who are knowledgeable in basic, conventional and fly-fishing techniques, and are familiar with the river and birdlife in the area. They have developed various specialized fishing tactics which they employ, depending on the time of year, to ensure that their guests do not leave with an empty rod! The guides are able to teach and assist both experienced, as well as inexperienced anglers.
King Lewanika Lodge – Norman Carr Safaris
To the west of Zambia lies its greatest secret; the second biggest wildebeest migration on earth in Liuwa Plain National Park. King Lewanika Lodge is the only permanent camp in this vast Park. Designed by acclaimed architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who also created sister camps, Chinzombo and Miavana, the camp comprises six luxury villas overlooking the vast open savannah.
Liuwa Plain is home to famous Lady Liuwa and her lion pride, thousands of plains game, hundreds of hyena, the apex predator, hunting in clans of up to 50, cheetah and 330 species of birds including endangered wattled cranes in their hundreds
The area 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’. One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was proclaimed a game reserve by the king in the early 1880’s; protected by the Lozi people and used as a royal hunting ground. As the latest addition to Time + Tide’s growing portfolio, the lodge was conceptualized in collaboration with African Parks, the conservation non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment, to bring unrivaled access and absolute exclusivity to the unspoiled region.
About King Lewanika Lodge
Time + Tide is a collection of exclusive safaris and remote island adventures across Zambia and Madagascar. From land to sea, Time + Tide pioneers remarkable experiences in undiscovered destinations, showcasing nature’s masterpieces in a simple, sustainable, and meaningful way. Utilizing tourism as a vehicle for social impact, Time + Tide empowers local communities, creating positive change through educational, economic, and environmental efforts in each location.
The owner-operated portfolio consists of: Norman Carr Safaris (South Luangwa and Liuwa Plain), Chongwe Safaris (Lower Zambezi) in Zambia and Miavana (Nosy Ankao), the company’s