Shrouded in legend and folklore, Liuwa Plain is a once-in-a-lfetime, off-the-beaten-track adventure.
Is this Zambian park Africa’s wildest safari destination?
Few people would happily reside next door to lions. But in Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park, where communities still live inside the protected wildlife area, Africa’s biggest cats are welcome to come and go as they please.
The unusual tolerance is down to the legendary Lady Liuwa, a resilient female who survived years of devastating poaching and trophy hunting to become the only lion in the park.
Alone, she would seek company by sleeping close to human settlements. Her regular visits to the burial site of Mambeti, daughter to the Lozi king’s spiritual advisor, even led elders to believe the lion was a reincarnation of the young woman rising from her grave.
Although Lady Liuwa died of natural causes in 2017, without ever producing any offspring (“She was a human, so how could she?” communities insist), her legacy continues.