Visitors to Liuwa Plain National Park have a secret spectacle almost to themselves: the world’s second-biggest wildebeest and zebra migration. As in the world-famous Great Migration in the Serengeti and Mara, the animals move constantly with the seasons, following the grazing from eastern Angola to western Zambia and back again. More than 40 000 wildebeest start to cross into Zambia from June. The best time to witness the annual phenomenon in Liuwa Plain is November, when the animals have calved and the rains are imminent. The park’s predators – hyena, jackal, serval, African wild dog and lion – make the most of the seasonal feast.
Look out for members of one of the last two populations of cheetah in Zambia. The plains harbour a host of other grazing species, including red lechwe, oribi, tsessebe, roan and duiker.