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Liuwa Plains National Park extends in the Western Province of Zambia, west of the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River next to the border with Angola.  The Park was appointed as a reserve of Barotseland by the king, Lewanika, in the nineteenth century and later became a National Park in 1972. The area covers 3600 km2 and has been an African Parks project since 2003 through a partnership with the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the Barotse Royal Establishment – the traditional government of the Lozi people. Liuwa Plains is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Lunginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterized by seasonally flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Liuwa entertains the second biggest wildebeest migration in the world, giving magnificent sights of maltitude of animals.

Herds of lechwe zebra and, tsessebe, also graze the plains and are all hunted by predators such as wild dog, cheetah, lion, and hyena,  Many people will know the story of the famous lioness known as lady Liuwa. For nine years she roamed the expansive plains alone after massive poaching, and illegal trophy hunting had wiped out her fellow felines. This led to African Parks’ strategy to re-introduce lions to the park, using Lady Liuwa as the vital member around which to develop the pride. Last year three lion cubs were born, the first born in Liuwa in a decade. The birth of cubs means that Liuwa now boasts a lion population of six. Liuwa also supports globally essential bird populations, with more than 330 bird species recorded here.

Where to stay

Matoya Fishing Lodge

The lodge compromises seven luxury thatched chalets, which accommodate for 14 guests on a trip; as a result of this makes sure that you always possess that extra special attention and a personal touch. The rooms are furnished. Although being out in the gorgeous wilderness, we do not expect you to forgo any luxuries, and the rooms are therefore provided with hot water, and shower facilities, mosquito nets air conditioning unit, and the lodge is provided electricity via a solar system with a generator for back-up.

Unwinding from an adventurous day of fishing we have catered to ensure you can re-enjoy your stay by rein our lounge area or in our sparkling swimming pool; or like a drink in the twilight on the wooden deck facing the Zambezi, soaking up the brilliance of the sunset.

The tantalizing international cuisine is varying from homemade pastries and desserts to a large variety of mouthwatering dishes. We also cater for special meal requirements, like vegetarian, halal, kosher, and others.

The comfortable Matoya lodge is found 600km from the capital city of Zambia and is set amidst natural wilderness; in the grassy, wetland covers the Barotse floodplains. We guarantee this to be a trip that satisfies and exceeds all your expectations.

Our fantastic team takes a particular interest that every detail of your trip is carefully executed. Our staff concentrate on your experience and are famous for being friendly, and accommodating.

The freshwater game fishing adventure is an angler’s dream. The world-famous, Tiger Fish, is local to the fresh waterways of the Barotse floodplains. Well known for its toughness and springing ability, has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s most robust freshwater fish to catch. The tigerfish range in size and are abundant in this part of the Zambezi. Large bream sized tigerfish are overflowing. Matoya Fishing Lodge obeys a strict catch-and-release policy to protect the precious fish stocks of the pristine d Barotse floodplains and Upper Zambezi River.

All our guides are world-class expert specialists who are excellent in Southern Africa. The guides are local people with knowledge in basic, Upper Zambezi River, conventional and know the river and birdlife in the region. They have developed various specialized fishing methods which they use, according to the time of year, to guarantee that their guests do not leave without a catch! The guides can assist both experienced, as well as inexperienced anglers.

Where to stay

King Lewanika Lodge – Norman Carr Safaris

To the west of Zambia occupies its great secret; the second largest wildebeest migration on the planet in Liuwa Plain National Park. King Lewanika Lodge is the only unchanging camp in this large Park. Created by acclaimed architects, Silvio Rech, and Lesley Carstens, who also designed sister camps, Chinzombo and Miavana, the field made of six indulgence villas facing the enormous open savannah. Home to popular Lady Liuwa and her lion pride, thousands of plains game, hundreds of hyenas, trailing in families of up to 50, a cheetah with 330 birds’ species with also the threatened wattled cranes.

The area has a rich history, is the home of the Lozi people. The legendary Monarch of the area is the Paramount Chief or King, called the Litunga, meaning keeper or guardian of the earth. One of the pioneers protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was announced a game reserve by the king in the early 1880’s; preserved by the Lozi people and used as an excellent hunting ground. As the latest addition to Time and Tide’s growing collection, the lodge was imagined in working with African Parks, the protection non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain in conjunction with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife with the Barotse Royal Establishment, to produce unique access and absolute exclusivity to the unspoiled region.

About King Lewanika Lodge: Absolut safari is a combination of independent safaris and secluded island experiences across Zambia and Madagascar. From ea to land, Absolut safari explorers remarkable adventures in undiscovered goals, showcasing nature’s treasures in a simple, sustainable, and significant way. Uses tourism as a vehicle for social impact, Absolute safaris empower local populations, making positive transformation through environmental educational, and economic, efforts in each location.

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