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Liuwa is known principally for being on the trail of a massive annual migration. Every year in November, wildebeest and zebra move south from Angola across Zambia's plains, stalked by large and impressive clans of hyena, as well as wild dogs, cheetahs and lions. As its name implies, and notwithstanding the unusual suffrutex (dwarf shrub) forest that covers large areas at higher elevations, Liuwa is wide-open country, which allows for bush-loving nature lovers to witness animal interactions without affecting outcomes.

Birders to Liuwa will be treated to glimpses of many winged critters that are rare in Zambia, such as the pink-billed lark, white-cheeked and blue-breasted bee-eaters, and red-crested and white-bellied korhaans. Generally speaking, though, the real delight here is the open country, which reveals spectacular numbers of waterbirds – crowned cranes, slaty egrets, whiskered terns and many more – foraging in the receding pools as the flood waters recede into the dry season.

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