Matamanene Camp

Matamanene Camp: Our full report

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

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, a researchers camp in the heart of the park which has been built around one of the small tree islands that mark the area.

Between 2011 and 2014 Robin Pope Safaris ran seasonal trips to Liuwa Plains using Matamanene Camp as their base. Unfortunately they no longer feature Liuwa Plain, but Norman Carr Safaris have taken up the mantle of running trips to the area.

For the 2015 season Norman Carr will also be operating from Matamanene Camp. The camp was originally built for African Parks rangers and researchers from the Liuwa Plains Carnivore Project, and it retains this function throughout most of the year. Norman Carr has given the camp a soft facelift including new mattresses and linen, and upgrading the main lounge from a canvas structure to a brick and thatch one. However, the original 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, but 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: Chartered flights with Norman Carr Safaris will fly from Lusaka into the outpost town of Kalabo, where there is a small airfield and a mission station with a hospital. You will then be driven the 2-3 hours to Liuwa.

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