It is a place of abundance and diversity and home to the one of the largest wildebeest populations in Africa. Every year thousands of blue wildebeest gather en masse and graze their way north and then southwards again following the numerous pans and nutritious forage it offers. Here they await the onset of the rains, a display no less spectacular. Liuwa thunderstorms are theatrical and dramatic, gathering on the horizon to build up to an awe-inspiring spectacle. The stark contrast of green and gold grasslands against the dark and ominous blue of a rising storm paints a picture of Liuwa in all its grandeur.
Although the park was only accredited with national park status in 1972, Liuwa has one of the oldest wildlife protection histories in Africa. The park was originally proclaimed by the king of Barotseland in the early 1880s and was used as a royal hunting ground. The Lozi people who currently surround the park were originally placed in the park by the Litunga (the King) as his official gamekeepers.
In August 2003, African Parks (Zambia) entered into a formal agreement with the Zambia Wildlife Authority and the Barotse Royal Establishment, the traditional authority representing the local communities, for the management of Liuwa Plain National Park for a period of twenty years.