Matamanene Camp

Matamanene Camp: Our full report

4 tents
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 5 reviews
May 2011 to December 2011

In the heart of Liuwa Plain National Park, Matamanene Camp stands in a small tree island. This is the usual base for rangers and conservationists from the African Parks Foundation – it's not usually used for visitors – and it's the only permanent camp in the national park, or anywhere near it.Chris, from Expert Africa, took himself on safari to Liuwa Plain National park in September 2003. He stayed a night near Matamanene Camp – and then the tents here were quite large Meru-style walk-in tents, standing on large, solid bases – complete with shady verandas.

Matamanene's accommodation was large, but not well-furnished! But the Liuwa Plains was so amazing ... that to bother about the accommodation was to completely miss the point!

Robin Pope's Liuwa Plains Safaris

For May, June, November and December 2011 Robin Pope Safaris will be using Matamanene Camp as a base for their safaris around Liuwa Plain National Park. (Read more about Liuwa Plain ... )

The tents will be smartened up for these safaris; and they will have their own en-suite toilets and showers.

One of the major attractions of this camp then will be the presence of Robin Pope, who plans to be based here in during the months the camp is open – leading all of the Liuwa Plain safaris.

Robin has a track record in Liuwa Plain, as he used to lead expedition safaris into the plains here during the 1990s. He never lost his love for the place and has recently started operating in the area again.

Each safari will take a maximum of six guests, or eight people if a single group fills one safari – and they're organized on fixed dates. Some are 4-night safaris to Liuwa, others are 5-night trips, as follows:

Dates for 4-night Liuwa Plain safaris with Robin Pope

- Departing UK on Wed 04 May 2011
- Departing UK on Wed 18 May 2011
- Departing UK on Wed 30 Nov 2011

Dates for 5-night Liuwa Plains safaris with Robin Pope

- Departing UK on Sun 08 May 2011
- Departing UK on Fri 13 May 2011
- Departing UK on Sun 22 May 2011
- Departing UK on Fri 27 May 2011
- Departing UK on Sun 05 June 2011
- Departing UK on Fri 25 December 2011

For examples of the trips that are possible, see:

? See a trip idea combining 4 nights in Liuwa & 4 nights in South Luangwa
? See a trip idea combining 5 nights in Liuwa & 4 nights in South Luangwa
? See a trip idea combining 5 nights in Liuwa & 3 nights in South Luangwa


Location: Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

Ideal length of stay: 4 or 5 night set departures

Directions: Matamanene Camp is 2-3 hours' drive from the tiny outpost-town of Kalabo, where these is a small airfield, and a mission station with a hospital. The November / December trips with fly in and out of Kalabo Airport, and then drive the 2-3 hours to Liuwa. If you're visiting in May / June you will fly into Kalabo, and drive to the park. However, after the safari, you'll take the a boat from Kalabo to Mongo and fly out of Mongu. This boat transfer will take around 3 hours, across the vast swampy, watery world of the Zambezi in flood! The birding should be quite spectacular!

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Yes - all house wines, beers, soft drinks and water are included. Champagnes and special imported spirits, if available, will be charged as extra. If you have special or unusual drinks requirements, you're strongly advised to discuss these with us well in advance.


Notes: This camp isn't suitable for children under 12 years old.


Power supply: Generator

TV & radio: None - you're in a very remote location here!

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: Closest doctor is probably in the mission station at Kalabo - 3 hours' very bumpy drive from Liuwa.

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included