Matamanene Camp

Matamanene Camp: Our full report

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

Matamanene Camp is a researchers camp located in Luiwa Plain National Park, which is not currently open for the public to visit.

Liuwa Plain National Park only sees a handful of visitors each year. Although this can be a bonus for people trying to experience true wilderness it can cause problems with a lack of permanent camps within, or even near to, the park.

The only camp that has been open to the public in recent years is Matamanene Camp, located in the heart of the park on one of the small tree islands that mark the plains. Between 2011 and 2014 Robin Pope Safaris ran seasonal trips to Liuwa Plain using Matamanene Camp as their base within the park.

Unfortunately Robin Pope Safari’s are not currently running trips to Matamanene Camp, meaning at present there are no camps in Liuwa open to the public. This camp is now only available for researchers based in the area. However this situation is constantly changing, and if you are keen on visiting Liuwa Plain please get in touch for the most recent information.

The camp was originally built for African Parks rangers and researchers from the Liuwa Carnivore Project, and it retains this function throughout most of the year. This purpose of the camp is well reflected in its basic nature, providing shelter for researchers rather than comforts and attractions for visitors. Matamanene Camp feels very simple and isolated and the main draw of Liuwa Plain has always been the vast emptiness, the unique feeling of isolation and the stunning birdlife.


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