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Matamanene Camp, Liuwa Plains

Originally designed for researchers studying the wildlife and habitat of the Liuwa Plains, Matamanene Camp is – quite literally – the only place to stay if you want to immerse yourself in the true nature of Liuwa Plains National Park. It stands at the heart of the park; a tiny cluster of tents gathered around a small tree island. To say it is remote is a masterful piece of British understatement; it can only be reached by private plane from Lusaka to the outpost town of Kalabo, followed by a two-to-three hour drive through untouched bush.

It’s a journey only a handful of visitors ever make. Yet its destination is ultimately rewarding – especially if your idea of a luxury, tailor-made holiday to Zambia means being uncontactable; free to concentrate on nature.

Matamanene Camp, at a glance

  • Genuine bush camp in an isolated setting in the heart of Liuwa Plains National Park
  • Three hours’ drive from the nearest outpost
  • Originally built for African Parks Rangers and Liuwa Plains Carnivore Project researchers
  • Choice of only four tents with canvas roofs and walls
  • Spacious and comfortable for a true under-canvas safari experience
  • Private safari-style showers
  • Electricity by powered generator only
  • Hearty camp food served in the lounge and under the sky

For leisure and pleasure

  • Main lounge is brick-built with thatched roof
  • Freedom from TVs, internet and WiFi, phones and the outside world
  • Naturally welcoming staff and expert local guides
  • Exploration of the vast plain
  • Close up sightings of lion, hyena and wildebeest
  • Buffalo now reintroduced
  • Large numbers of zebra
  • Exceptional birdlife and great drives through the remote habitat
  • Unforgettable views of predators in action
  • It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.

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    ZA, Colombia, 2014