Matamanene Camp stands as the only safari camp within Liuwa Plain National Park, a vast and remote wilderness hidden in the westernmost reaches of Zambia. Originally built as a researchers’ camp—a function it retains throughout the majority of the year—Matamanene Camp recently came under the purview of Norman Carr Safaris and has since seen a significant facelift in both standard comforts and safari offerings. Despite its refurbishments, the original spirit of Matamanene still remains intact in its simple amenities, back-to-nature charm, and remote setting that still only sees a handful of dedicated safari enthusiasts each year.

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The simple style of Matamanene Camp is an ode to its peaceful location in the heart of Liuwa Plain National Park. Built around a small tree island, Matamanene Camp brings with it a great sense of isolated wilderness, with the untouched open plains and clear blue skies extending as far as the eye can see. Since transferring ownership to Norman Carr Safaris, Matamanene—the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plains—has received a soft yet significant facelift. New beds and crisp linens have been introduced into the five raised tented suites, new flooring has been installed, and the en-suite bathrooms have been stylishly renovated with flush toilets and hot and cold shower facilities. It has been reported that the resident Liuwa lions and cheetahs appreciated the updates so much that they turned up on opening day to test out the new sofas and give their stamp of approval on the new look.

The renovations also extended into the chitenja, the main lounge, which was transformed from canvas into a brick and thatch structure. Within the chitenja is a small library, comfortable sitting area, bar, and campfire, all of which offer guests a range of places to relax and enjoy champagne sundowners while reflecting on the day’s adventures and swap stories under the African sky. A separate dining area is the setting for abundant, three-course dinners and a showcase of the staff’s excellent service and exceptional attention to detail.

Central to the Matamanene Camp experience is the wildlife of Liuwa Plain National Park, a stunning green and gold grassland that plays host to the second largest wildebeest migration behind the Serengeti. Liuwa is also renowned for its famous matriarch, Lady Liuwa, and her growing lion pride, as well as its clans of up to 50 hyenas, wild dog packs, buffalo herds, significant zebra and red lechwe populations, and more than 300 rare bird species. Brand new Land Rovers transport guests on game drives and for the adventurous, new walking safari routes allow visitors to get up close to the wildlife alongside experienced guides. No creature, no matter how large or small, is outside scope of the guides’ knowledge and passion.

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