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Liuwa Plains Mobile Safari

What is this safari about?

The Liuwa Plains NP is a remote and little visited wildlife area in the remote Western province of Zambia. One of the oldest protected wildlife areas in the whole of Africa it is home to the second largest wildebeest gathering and arguably the best hyena viewing in Africa. Birdlife is prolific in Liuwa, a staggering array and volume of birds can be found here, flying over and feeding in the dozens of seasonal pans of water, which at certain times of year are lined with the most beautiful wildflowers one can imagine.

For the Liuwa Plains Mobile Safari, J&M Safaris brings their own staff, game drive vehicles, experienced Liuwa guides, food and drinks, guest tents and linen and offer four-night safaris on this ‘mobile camp’ basis. They typically offer two set-date departures per year, which folk can book onto (6 spaces max, 4 min.) but likewise they are able to cater for small group trips on an ad-hoc basis too. Depending on the date of the safari departure it will dictate which of the community campsites is applied for use of – the time of year affects the wildlife movements and each camp has it’s unique associated wildlife and habitats.

Who can go?

This safari is ideal for singles, couples or small groups wanting to experience this special landscape. Singles and couples can join the set departure dates that have a minimum of 4 guests to confirm, and a maximum of 6. Groups can request private dates and have the experience all to themselves. Children 14 years and older are welcome on the mobile safari. Children younger than 14 are welcome through a private group booking

Why is this special?

  • Some of the best guides in Zambia.
  • Fully inclusive and catered mobile experience.
  • Incredible photographic opportunities with dramatic clouds and landscape.
  • Far off the beaten path, a real adventure!
  • The only ‘mid-range’ option available within the park.
  • All-inclusive mobile safari in true wilderness.

    Where is this?

    This mobile safari takes place in the incredibly remote Liuwa Plains National Park in western Zambia.

    Simply put Liuwa is not easy to get to. Historically there were seat-rate scheduled departures to the airstrip nearest Liuwa (Kalabo), these have now ceased and do not look likely to return, as such the best transfer option is utilizing a charter flight into/out of Kalabo Airstrip – itself apprx. 3-hour drive from the camp locations. The relatively high cost of a charter to Kalabo (it is a far as one can get in Zambia!) are off-set by the minimum number of pax we need for these trips to run, four, and whilst charter prices vary and are related to group size (therefore size of plane), you can look at approx. $1000 per person each way.

    What should I expect to pay?

    The mobile safari is restricted to a minimum of 4 nights of which the cost is USD$2500 per person including: all meals, individual tented accommodation, shared ablutions male and female wing (flushing toilet and running water shower), drinks incl. water, house wine, beer and spirits, safari activities, laundry, Park Fees, Government Taxes and Levies, transfers from/to Kalabo airstrip.

    The charter flights are excluded, and these are roughly USD$1000 per person one way depending on the number of passengers on the plane.

    What Extensions do you recommend?

    Combining Liuwa with the Kafue – Many guests prefer to combine Liuwa and the Kafue NP’s (as the Kafue is between Lusaka and Liuwa) and as such folk will often start with a stay at Musekese Camp and then head on to Liuwa – the plane which takes guests to Kalabo can stop-off in the Kafue and collect guests from Musekese on route (or drop them off after!).

    For the ultimate extension, considering visiting the bat migration in Kasanka National Park!

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