A new luxury safari lodge, Mambeti Camp, is expected to open its doors in early 2017 in Liuwa Plain National Park in western Zambia.

Mambeti Camp will comprise six luxury villas, including a two-bedroom family villa with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests. It is being funded by African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization, with the design and construction being implemented by the award-winning Norman Carr Safaris group. The Norman Carr group will also manage and market the new offering. Construction will start in February, and the lodge is expected to open in early 2017.

In addition to its famed lions, Liuwa is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, recovering cheetah numbers, a burgeoning hyena population, wild dogs, abundant zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and tessebe herds and more than 300 bird species. It is 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.

“We are proud to be driving a venture of this caliber in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas on the continent,” said Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO. “The construction and operation of Mambeti will benefit communities living in and around Liuwa and the conservation of its fauna and flora, both features that form the cornerstone of the African Parks model. We are also delighted to be teaming up with Norman Carr Safaris in this venture. Their experience and proven success in operating and marketing high-end lodges is pivotal to the success of what is destined to be the jewel in the Liuwa Plain crown.”

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