Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia
Area : 3660 km2 -
African Parks project since 2003
The Liuwa project is governed by African Parks (Zambia) which is a partnership between African Parks, the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the Barotse Royal Establishment - the traditional government of the Lozi people.
Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded
by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterised by seasonally
flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Although it was only given
national park status in 1972, Liuwa has one of the oldest conservation
histories in Africa. Originally proclaimed by the King of Barotseland in the
early 1880s, it was historically used as a royal hunting ground and was
protected by the Lozi people. Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest
migration in Africa, offering spectacular sights of thousands of animals. Herds
of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe also graze the plains and are stalked by predators
such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion. Liuwa also supports globally
important bird populations, with more than 330 bird species recorded here.
About the Park