Venture to Liuwa, Kasanka and Lake Tanganyika for the Ultimate Africa Travel Itinerary

No trip to Zambia would be complete without travelling through Liuwa Plain National Park and stopping off in Kasanka to see the bat migration. Discover some of the best places to visit in Zambia.

Venture to Liuwa, Kasanka and Lake Tanganyika for the Ultimate Africa Travel Itinerary

No trip to Zambia would be complete without travelling through Liuwa Plain National Park and stopping off in Kasanka to see the bat migration. Discover some of the best places to visit in Zambia.

Venture to Liuwa, Kasanka and Lake Tanganyika for the Ultimate Africa Travel Itinerary

No trip to Zambia would be complete without travelling through Liuwa Plain National Park and stopping off in Kasanka to see the bat migration. Discover some of the best places to visit in Zambia.

Water SunsetWhether you’re looking for a self-drive holiday where you can go wherever your heart takes you or you simply want to soak up as much of this beautiful country as possible, Liuwa, Kasanka and Lake Tanganyika offer plenty for adventurers to savour.

Liuwa National Park has a rich history and is thriving, with cheetah, hyena and lion populations constantly growing. It’s the perfect example of man and animal living together in harmony, with over 12,500 people living legally in the park. The park has held this sentiment for hundreds of years, from when King of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, appointed his people to be the custodians of the park and its wildlife in the 19th century.


A safari in Kasanka gives you the opportunity to witness the annual bat migration, which is a truly astonishing sight. Between October and December, 10 million straw-coloured bats colour the sky as they descend into Kasanka National Park in what is the largest mammal migration on the planet. Bats aren’t the only animals you’ll see in this picturesque sanctuary, though, with over 100 mammal species recorded in the park, many of which have been reintroduced by Kasanka Trust.

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What Customers Say About Our Zambia Tours

Wondering what to expect when you book a safari in Zambia with Ntanda Ventures? See what some of our customers have to say.

A Lovely Surprise

Dear Kerry What a lovely surprise waiting for us at the lodge. We are so touched and will wear the caps with pride! So far, so VERY good! Everything has gone so smoothly: transfers waiting, hotel really great. Finding the Zambians so friendly, helpful, efficient and SMILEY! I'll write to you again after Kitwe. Thank you again.

Gail and Mike, South Africa

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Gail and Mike, South Africa

Dear Kerry What a lovely surprise waiting for us at the lodge. We are so touched and will wear the caps with pride! So far, so VERY good! Everything has gone so smoothly: transfers waiting, hotel really great. Finding the Zambians so friendly, helpful, efficient and SMILEY! I'll write to you again after Kitwe. Thank you again.

Beautiful

Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help.

Micheline, Canada

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Micheline, Canada

Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help.

Best Tour Operator

Best tour operator in Africa Kerry and her team are best planners who find those unique experiences that only few locals know. Her knowledge of the lodges and tours in Zambia and Southern Africa is deep and extremely rare. Her team are the most responsive and go out of their way to solve some tough challenges we faced. I cant imagine using anyone else again.

Kheran, Phillipines

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Kheran, Phillipines

Best tour operator in Africa Kerry and her team are best planners who find those unique experiences that only few locals know. Her knowledge of the lodges and tours in Zambia and Southern Africa is deep and extremely rare. Her team are the most responsive and go out of their way to solve some tough challenges we faced. I cant imagine using anyone else again.

Fantastic

I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.

Debra, Australia

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Debra, Australia

I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.
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Liuwa, Kasanka and Lake Tanganyika: The Best Places to Visit in Zambia

Cheetah

Liuwa is Zambia’s best-kept secret, a stunning park with a story to match. Prior to 2003, when African Parks, the non-profit conservation organisation responsible for many national parks across the continent, took over management of Liuwa Plain National Park, the area was in decline. Decades of poaching had near decimated wildlife populations, and only one lioness, Lady Liuwa, roamed the remote plains. Over the years, new lions were introduced, giving this lonely lioness an opportunity to be reunited with her kind. In 2017, Lady Liuwa passed away, having lived to the ripe old age of 18, but she left behind a legacy that flourishes every day. Now, Liuwa Plain National Park is home to a healthy pride of lions, along with leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and zebras. It’s also home to the continent’s second-largest wildebeest migration. 

Bat migration

East of Liuwa, Kasanka National Park offers a wide range of activities for the solo adventurer and family alike. You won’t be able to get up close and personal with herds of elephants, and it’s not the best place to spot a lion brushing past your vehicle as it looks for prey, but there’s still plenty to do and see. As one of Zambia’s smallest parks, Kasanka National Park offers an intimacy that larger parks just can’t provide. You’ll feel as though it’s just you and the vast landscape, which ranges from miombo woodlands and swamp forest to grasslands and floodplains. Aside from witnessing the bat migration, which is a sight everyone should behold at least once, you’ll also see hippo venturing out from the waters of the Luwombwa River as well as the swamp-dwelling sitatunga, the rare blue monkey and over 300 species of birds. It’s also well worth a trip to the David Livingstone memorial.

Water Steps

Think of Africa and few would forget to mention Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest freshwater lake. Nestled among lush tropical vegetation opening onto its own exclusive beach, Ndole Bay Lodge offers visitors a singular African experience on the shores of a unique lake. Long-time residents of the lake include Nile crocodiles and plenty of fish, so if your idea of relaxation is sitting on the shores and catching fish, you’ll be in your element. Common species caught include Tanganyika perch, lake salmon, yellowbelly, tigerfish, bream and more, and if you’re lucky, you may catch the rare golden perch and the giant goliath tiger. Every year in March, the Zambia National Fishing Competition is held, attracting 100s of fishermen from throughout Africa. It’s the most prestigious fishing competition in Zambia, so if you venture to Lake Tanganyika during the six days of the competition, you might be able to pick up some tips from the pros.

Southern Belle boat

Lake Kariba is usually referred to as a lake because of its vastness and scenic beauty. Located on the southern border of Zambia, it is Africa’s largest man made dam at 226 km’s long and in various places, 40 km’s wide! Most people look to stay on a houseboat, as it provides a mobile friendly option of exploring this vast lake, enjoying some fishing and looking out for the game that frequents the banks.

wildlife in Lochinvar National Park

On the south bank of the sprawling floodplains of the Kafue River, Lochinvar National Park has an interesting environment. WWF classes it as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’. The huge Chunga Lagoon is bordered by wide floodplains. Lochinvar is one of Zambia’s top destinations for bird-watchers, who come to see water-birds gather in great numbers and is a stronghold for Kafue lechwe. This park is generally done as a day trip by road from Masuku Lodge in Choma.

Shiwa Ngandu House

North Eastern Zambia offers waterfalls, lakes, museums, history, fishing, boating, game viewing, caves and more. This is a dream self-drive or chauffeur-driven holiday! The Great North and Luapula Province is wonderful and has great distances, so do try to take the maximum time to explore and enjoy this special part of Zambia. Remember to refuel wherever you can and be prepared to use your hooter well in advance. People on the roadside in this remote part of Zambia are not very road savvy. It’s a great idea to keep in touch along the way.

Proposed Itinerary
Proposed Itinerary
  • From Lusaka head North​
  • Fig Tree Cafe: the perfect toilet stop or a place for a quick bite.
  • Kapiri Mposhi: refuel here.
  • Mkushi: Alongside the Great North Road this charming Forest Inn is a sanctuary within 160 hectares of protected indigenous forest and a birders delight. Sightings have been made of Chestnut Mantled Sparrow Weaver, Boehm’s Flycatcher, Fork Tail Drongo, African Pied Wagtail, Hoopoe, Loerie , just to mention a few.  Kundalila Falls is 1 ½ hours drive from here and is one of Zambia’s most beautiful waterfalls (Kundalila are means ‘cooing dove’). It’s set in forests where the clear Kaombe River drops off the Muchinga Escarpment. There are spectacular views of the water cascading into the valley below .
  • North of Kundalila is Nsalu Cave is a huge, gaping arch halfway up a 100-metre-high granite outcrop, in the middle of nowhere. The rudimentary paintings, made by late Stone-age and Iron-age settlers, form a giant curved mural, perhaps twenty metres wide. Geometric lines and swirls, ladder-shapes and sun images overlapped in red, white and buttermilk yellow.
  • Kasanka National Park: see the world’s largest mammal migration and do visit the David Livingstone memorial where his heart is buried. (You can continue North towards Bangwelu and Mporokoso. Camping only. Not for the fainthearted.)
  • Kasama: Refuel here. Numerous Bed and breakfasts, nearby  Chishimba Falls and Mwela Rocks which has over 700 rock art sites.
  • Mbala is home to the Moto-Moto museum and Lake Chila​
  • Mpulungu: Niamkolo Church is the oldest stone Church in Zambia and was built between 1893 and 1896 by the London Missionary Society and is a National Monument. From here Isanga bay lodge or Kalambo falls lodge will collect you by boat. A good  walk for the fit will get you to Kalambo Falls one of the world highest falls.
  • Waterfalls: Sanzye and Kalambo Falls.
  • Lake Tanganyika: Catered lodges on Eastern and Western shores. Lodges will collect you from here for boat transfers.
  • Mbala: Moto Moto Museum tells of the history of the Bemba people of Zambia as well as Father Joseph Dupont, a missionary who came to Zambia in 1895. It also contains many relics of World War I and information about Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck, the General who led the East African forces during that war. Have lunch at Lake Chila Lodge and do visit the pioneer / polish cemetery.
  • Chambeshi Bridge: Driving south on the banks of the Chambeshi River is the Von Lettow -Vorbeck Monument where the last shots of World War I were fired on 13 November 1918, two days after the Armistice in Europe.
  • Kapishya Hot Springs: A lodge with a charm of its own or book a side trip into North Luangwa.
  • Shiwa Ngandu Manor House is a destination in its own right; a magical English manor house overlooking a picturesque lake, that’s steeped in history. Since 2002 it has been carefully restored and it’s one of the continent’s most original and fascinating places to stay. (also easily reached by air as an add-on to any safari which visits the Luangwa Valley).
  • Mpika: refuel here
  • Mutinondo Wilderness: IBA and stunning hikes and walks (also reached by a short flight from the Luangwa) the Mutinondo Wilderness is a private 100km2 reserve near the edge of the Luangwa escarpment, this pristine area protects verdant woodlands and wetland areas sprinkled with granite whalebacks (large smooth hills), crystal-clear rivers and stunning waterfalls. Visit the rustic but beautiful Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge to explore on your own, or we can arrange for a guide to accompany you.
  • Back south to Mkushi, Kapiri and onto Lusaka or Copperbelt.​

Where to Stay in Liuwa Plain National Park, Nsumbu Park or on a Kasanka Safari

Liuwa Plain National Park is so remote, it offers one of the purest and most authentic experiences in Africa.

King Lewanika Lodge

Time + Tide King Lewanika Lodge:

The only lodge in Liuwa Plain National Park, the Time + Tide offers gorgeous panoramic views of the park from six luxury villas. From October to July when the lodge is open, you can enjoy a sundowner by the campfire before sleeping under the stars or retreating to your comfy bed and falling asleep to the roars and growls of the wildlife that roams the area.

Kasanka-Canoeing on the Luwombwa River

Kasanka National Park:

Wasa Lodge and Luwombwa Lodge both offer full board and self-catering options (self-catering not available in the bat season)

Kapabi Camp is a new self-catering tented camp. The camp overlooks the extensive Kasanka River floodplain and Kapabi Lake. One can expect to see herds of puku, the odd secretive sitatunga, and hopefully an elephant wandering past. This shallow productive lake is also home to a fantastic variety of water birds. Being just four kilometres ‘as the bat flies’ from the bat forest, it is a popular water point for the bats, who circle down from great heights to drink from the lake! Kapabi is a 30 minute drive to the bat forest, and less than an hours’ drive to Wasa Lodge.  Four comfortable canvas safari tents with twin beds and bedding (sleeps 8 people total) with ablutions with hot showers and flush toilets.

A spacious equipped kitchen / lounge area overlooks Kapabi Lake and there is  limited solar power facilities

Fishing aboard the Ndole Bay Lodge

Lake Tanganyika – Nsumbu National Park

Ndole bay lodge offers the best accommodation and activities on Lake Tanganyika in Zambia. Accommodation options are from Deluxe beachfront rooms to self-catering and a campsite. All rooms are built mostly from natural materials with thatched roofs and breezy designs.  The lodge is built discreetly amongst lush tropical gardens and towering fig trees. The lodge is virtually invisible to the outside world and has its own private beach. Perfect location for big game fishing.

Isanga Bay Lodge also offers a range of accommodation types and a campsite. Kalambo Falls lodge offers the charming but rustic experience

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