Zambia's Liuwa Plains - almost off the map

Africa's Second Biggest Wildebeest Migration in Western Zambia

we are looking for something unusual and well off the beaten track - I am a keen for photographer and love working with dramatic lighting on large landscapes, ideally with some wildlife in frame too”

Mathias, Zurich, Switzerland

What we recommended - and why

The Liuwa Plains in western Zambia are home to the second largest wildebeest migration on the planet and their arrival back in Zambia from Angola in early November coincides with the breaking of the first rains - huge electrical storms with massive black clouds over bowling-green-flat plains can be incredibly dramatic.

The game Liuwa has bounced back in the last few years after decades of neglect and as the Wildebeest, Lechwe, Zebra and other herbivore numbers have increased so in turn have the predators.

The Hyenas have for a long time been top-dog here - they're massive and loll around in drying pools all day apparently blissfully unconcerned (unlike their skulking strictly nocturnal counterparts in so may places in Africa) but they are starting to get a bit of competition on the fast-food buffet from a rapidly increasing number of cheetah, lion and particularly wild dog.

The open plains provide the ideal vista to witness them hunt, as demonstrated in David Attenborough's recent epic 'The Hunt' in which the Wild Dog sequences were all shot on Liuwa.

The journey

A full week in Liuwa timed to coincide with the arrival of the wildebeest

Liuwa Plains


Liuwa Plains

This remote park situated in the far west between the Luambimba and Luahinga Rivers is dominated by massive grassy plains. The...

Quotation Mark
we found some big herds 10 to 20,000 animals and tested the new Sony 7R11 the pictures really are hard to believe, just wished we could have stayed longer (like 3 or 4 more weeks) to have a greater chance of capturing the thunderstorms and lightening. Your organisation went like clockwork, please keep us informed of more unusual African adventures. Thanks a lot. ”

Mathias, Zurich, Switzerland

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