Zambia | Liuwa Plains Migration

Starting in Katima Mulilo in Namibia, where we catch our first glimpse of the Mighty Zambezi river while crossing over into Zambia, our route takes us past the Sioma Falls. As we continue north, crossing the Barotse Floodplains we head on through the town of Kalabo in Western Zambia. 

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tour duration 13 Days
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next trip 28 Oct 2022
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Starting in Katima Mulilo in Namibia, where we catch our first glimpse of the Mighty Zambezi river while crossing over into Zambia, our route takes us past the Sioma Falls. As we continue north, crossing the Barotse Floodplains we head on through the town of Kalabo in Western Zambia. 

From Kalabo, we enter the Liuwa Plains National Park where we will encounter the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa. At times, wildebeest and their calves can be seen in their hundreds, followed by the predators that stalk them. 

Our return journey takes us via Zambia’s biggest and oldest National park, Kafue, back to Livingstone.

Included

All camp fees
All meals, cutlery and crockery
All park entrance fees
Camping Days, 3 meals a day
Camping sites with toilets and showers
Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp
Guide and Bush Chef
Rental vehicle with tent, bedding, fridge & chairs
Transfers to and from Airport

Excluded

International flights
Optional activities on route
Own Drinks
Your own border visas
Your own drinks and in-between snacks (we will stop and shop in town)
Your own medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
Your own medicine and items of a personal nature

Tour Dates

28 Oct 2022 - 09 Nov 2022 - €4,950.00

Day 1: Arrival

Our Team will meet you at Kasane International Airport where everyone will collect their vehicles. 

Our first night in Botswana is on the banks of the Chobe River in one of Kasane's fine accommodation establishments and after check in, we embark on an early evening boat cruise while enjoying our first of many spectacular sunsets on the Chobe River. 

Back at the lodge over dinner, your guide will discuss the next two weeks program and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2: Namwi Island Camp

Early morning Game drive in Chobe National Park followed by a hearty brunch. By midday we cross the border into Namibia as a convoy in our rented 4X4’s and arrive at Namwi Island Camp in Eastern Caprivi on the banks of the Zambezi River near the Namibian town of Katima Mulilo for our first night camping.

Day 3: Kabula Camp

After refuelling our vehicles in Katima we cross the border into Zambia. As the border post procedures here can take a while, we will only be travelling a further 115 kilometres to our next overnight stop at Kabula Lodge campsite situated on the banks of the Zambezi.

We end the day with an evening sundowner boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

Day 4: Kabula Camp

Today we visit a well-kept secret of the Zambezi river, the Ngonya Waterfalls.  These are not as big as the Victoria Falls but wilder and a thousand times less commercialised. We spend our second night at the Kabula Lodge Campsite.

Day 5: Liuwa National Park

Leaving civilization behind and heading north to Mongu, we stock up on supplies and refuel the vehicles. From Mongu we head west onto the 50 kilometre wide Zambezi flood plain. One of Africa's great wetlands and a designated Ramsar site, during the late summer months this area is completely underwater!

En route we pass the winter residence of the Lodzi King where we are able to see his Royal Canoes that form part of the colourful Kambuka Ceremony when the king paddles from his winter home to drier land for summer.  We cross the mighty river again and then make our way to the town of Kulabo where we enter Liuwa Plains National Park.

Heading north we cross the Luwangina River by ferry into the southern plains of the Liuwa National Park where we will encounter our first herds of wildebeest as we head deep into the park.

Our accommodation for the next three days is a rustic bush camp under the stars.

Our camp has cold water showers and flushing toilets.

Days 6 & 7: Liuwa National Park

For the next two and a half days we are able to enjoy this historic park at our own pace.

Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa and with an estimated 10,000 people legally living within the park, Liuwa is a prime example of how people and wildlife can co-exist and benefit in a shared landscape. Each year, Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent making this migration one of the most glorious spectacles on the planet!

We spend our two-and-a-half days in Liuwa Plains enjoying all that the park has to offer, panoramic landscapes, cheetah, spotted hyaena and of course, wildebeest in their thousands and the predators that prey on them.  In recent years the lion, hyaena and wild dog populations have increased, the result of a wonderful conservation success story.

Liuwa Plain is an excellent birding destination, with large flocks of resident pelicans, storks and plovers. In the Wet season, from November to April, huge numbers of migrants settle on the plains as well. The park is famous for the thousands of migrant black-winged pratincole that can be seen here. Crowned and wattled crane are abundant as well. Threatened water birds include slaty egret and the whiskered tern, for which Liuwa Plain provides the only breeding ground in Zambia.

Day 8: Kafue National Park

Our daily excursions onto the plains have exposed us to herds of blue wildebeest and zebra, tsessebe, buffalo and red lechwe. The sheer number of grazers in this park is quite phenominal but today we say goodbye to the Liuwa Plains National Park after another early morning game drive. 

After breakfast we pack up camp and head west to Kafue National Park, our home for the next four nights.

Once again restock and refuel in Mongu.

Day 9,10,11: Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia's National Parks (and the 5th largest in the world).  For the next three days, we will be able to explore the rich diversity of wildlife and excellent game viewing which thanks to the sheer enormity of this park, with barely another soul in sight!

Our staff will provide you with packed lunches and snacks to enjoy at your leisure and in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicles.

We will spend two nights in two different camp sites within Kafue.

Our explorations will take us to the Kasabushi in the remote southern section of the park.  This is truly an unspoilt wilderness with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. Nowhere else in Africa can you see blue duiker, sable, roan, red lechwe, Lichenstein’s hartebeest, puku, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, painted wolf, hippo and yellow-backed duiker all in one park.

The Nanzhila Plains area too, provides a stunning landscape of open grasslands and dambos (shallow floodplains), ringed with miombo woodland and mopane forest. Dotted with baobabs and acacias, punctuated and interspersed with low woodland ridges and thickets the winding river channels become scattered pools and ponds, surrounded by rich pastures when the water recedes in the dry season. These grasslands provide the perfect grazing grounds for an array of species of antelope.

An evening sundowner boat cruise on the Kafue River is planned for our last evening in this very special place.

Day 12: Livingstone

Today we head south to the popular tourist town of Livingstone.

We arrive at camp in time to take in a late afternoon view of the mighty Victoria Falls from the Zambian side before we settle in to enjoy our last evening together.

Day 13: Home

An early rise gets us up and out of camp as we cross the mighty Zambezi for the last time and enter Botswana.

We disembark at Kasane Airport where we leave our travelling companions and our much loved and very muddied 4 x 4's.

Our adventure is over but the happy memories live on...