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.”