One of the last untouched safari destinations, Zambia is full of stories. One of the best is the tale of “Mambeti” – a Lozi tribe grandmother who was reincarnated as a lioness called Lady Liuwa.

Mambeti lived, died and was buried in Liuwa Plain National Park in western Zambia. Lady Liuwa is the world-famous lioness and matriarch around whom the park’s lion pride has evolved.

The reason the lioness spends so much time in the same woodlands that Mambeti frequented as an elderly lady in her twilight years is because the lioness is really the reborn Mambeti.

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“Lady Liuwa” – the lonely lioness who finally found company and had a family (Credit: Jon Walker)

Now, Liuwa Plain welcomes a new luxury safari camp – King Lewanika Lodge – where you can see Lady Liuwa and the famed lions.

Liuwa Plain is also home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, recovering cheetah numbers, a burgeoning hyena population, wild dogs, abundant zebra, buffalo, and red lechwe and tessebe (antelope) herds and more than 300 bird species.

Are you a birdwatcher? You can also spot up to 300 bird species in the park. And it’s not uncommon to see millions of pratincoles and spectacular kaleidoscopes of crowned cranes and endangered wattled cranes, which start flocking at the onset of the rains.

King Lewanika Lodge opened on April 1st of this year. Running on solar power, the camp was created out of sustainable materials like grass, thatch and recycled composite. It has just six, open-fronted luxury villas, featuring indoor and outdoor showers among other comforts.

The new camp is run by Norman Carr Safaris, the pioneer of photographic and walking safaris in Zambia. With the addition of King Lewanika Lodge, Norman Carr Safaris (which runs the camp) now has six award-winning safari camps in Zambia.

We’ll be telling you more about Norman Carr Safaris when GOT co-publisher Janice Mucalov returns from her visit to Zambia later this year.