King Lewanika Lodge
Norman Carr Safaris
Oldest safari company in Zambia (est. 1950)
One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain was first protected in the early 1880s by the king of the Lozi people, King Lewanika. The plains are unspoilt and exclusive with rare game and a rich natural heritage. Here, on this broad grass canvas, the annual floodwaters host a pageant of wild beauty that throbs to the beat of the royal drums. Despite its luxurious design, King Lewanika Lodge retains its safari authenticity with canvas walls, indoor and outdoor showers, decks overlooking the plains and the use of natural materials. Elements of leather, cotton and canvas complete the design. The villas offer total immersion in the vast landscape, allowing travellers to experience nature’s masterpiece in a meaningful way. With award-winning guides and intimate safari excursions, we bring unrivalled access and absolute exclusivity to the region. Experience the magic of Liuwa Plain, which is home to Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, magnificent bird life, a growing cheetah population and the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride.
Built and operated by Time + Tide, King Lewanika Lodge was conceptualized in collaboration designers Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and African Parks, the non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment.
Liuwa Plain is an area rich with stories – one of our favourites is the legend of Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Mambeti of the Lozi tribe, lived, died and was buried nearby to camp, legend has it she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the lioness and matriarch of Liuwa’s lion pride. Local people believe that this explains why the lioness is receptive to people and spends so much time in the same woodlands area frequented by the elderly lady in her twilight years.