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The first permanent luxury lodge built in Zambia’s Liuwa Plains National Park, King Lewanika Lodge can truly say that it is uniquely positioned in this extraordinary wilderness. The lodge draws its name from the most famous paramount chief of the local Lozi people, perhaps inspiring too its majestic appearance. Consisting of only six elegant tented suites and a main camp, Time + Tide King Lewanika mirrors the broad lines of the Liuwa landscape. From your king-sized bed or private deck, you can look out over the flat Liuwa grasslands.

Time + Tide King Lewanika sits at the centre of one of Africa’s most remarkable natural events. Following the onset of the rains in October, tens of thousands of wildebeest arrive on the Liuwa Plains to take advantage of fresh grazing. Not to be confused with the Great Wildebeest Migration through the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya, this ‘mini migration’ is a localised movement of animals in a smaller area. Complete with attendant predators – mostly large packs of spotted hyenas as well as lions and cheetahs – the herds provide dramatic game viewing until the lodge closes in December, augmented by Liuwa’s other animals such as zebra and antelope. There are game drives, night drives and guided nature walks on offer as well as the chance to spot rare creatures such as wild dogs or elusive honey badgers.

By opening from late October to December, and again between April and July, King Lewanika Lodge ensures guests have the best possible experience at Liuwa Plains. The rainy seasons are avoided and the humidity of high summer are avoided, giving you a very comfortable safari. The wildebeest migrate at the end of the year in November and December, which coincides with the best bird-watching months, too. Game viewing and birding is fascinating all year round and, as water levels rise in April, guests at the lodge may catch sight of the spectacular Kuomboka ceremony, during which the current Lozi king floats down a nearby river on an elaborate barge, exchanging his lowland residence for his highland one to escape the rising waters.


  • Matchless setting in remote wilderness
  • Prime location for localised wildebeest migration
  • Game drives, guided walks & night drives
  • Sublime birding & seasonal opening
  • Exciting boating & canoeing safaris


  • Game drives
Something for the true safari enthusiast who are looking for a new adventure! If you time it right you may witness the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa or you can just enjoy the remote and untamed wilderness surroundings. The modern look and feel of the lodge just adds to the overall experience.
Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

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Sleek, contemporary and set on raised decking, each of the six suites atKing Lewanika Lodge is a master class in simple elegance. There are three sections to each suite: a bedroom area with king-sized bed, a private lounge area with a couch, and a spacious en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers – all looking out over the Liuwa Plains as does your suite’s wide terrace that is furnished with sun loungers.


King Lewanika Lodge is a classic canvas-and-timber safari lodge, built around the main camp that houses the lounge, bar and dining area. Outside you will find a generous raised deck with panoramic views of the Liuwa Plains as well as a plunge pool, an unusual touch for such a remote camp. The outdoor fire pit is surrounded by canvas camp chairs and literally sits on the Liuwa Plains, promising stunning night skies to accompany your fireside drink.


Your day begins with early morning tea, coffee and biscuits before your morning drive, after which you return for a hearty brunch. There is plenty of time for afternoon tea before your second drive, which usually ends with cold drinks and snacks at a sunset spot. You then return to camp for a 3-course supper served by candlelight – private dining at your suite or out on the Liuwa Plains is available on request.

General facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Laundry service
  • Private balcony or deck
  • Wi-fi available


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Dates Board Price
2022-10-15 — 2022-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,400

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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