Lavushi is in the process of being ‘saved’. For years it has been on the list of Zambia’s forgotten parks. However, Kasanka Trust has moved in and is offering a real wilderness and scenic experience. Soon the wildlife will increase and add to the destination. Lavushi is around 1,500 sq km in size, so there are plenty of areas still to explore. Tracks have been cut for game drives but many visitors like to trek through and over the hilly areas to enjoy the views.
- The Wild Stuff
The park is dominated by mixed woodland which is called miombo. The main trees are Brachystegia, Julbernadia and Isoberlinia. Perennial rivers and streams run through the park, leaving towards the northwest on their way to Bangweulu Swamps.
Lavushi Hills rise relatively gently to the east of the park and then drop in massive cliffs. The scenery is stunning.
So far the staff at Lavushi have identified sable, roan, warthog, klipspringer, jackal, baboons, rock rabbits, duikers and monkeys. Footprints of lions have been spotted too but there have been no sightings.
The park is an important bird area (IBA). The list gives about 270 birds in the park but I am sure this will increase as more people visit and identify others.
There are two campsites – Mumbatutu and Kupanda Lupili. A tented camp is being constructed near Mumbatutu.
The route map shows the road from Lusaka. It is all good tar until the turnoff to the park which is gravel.
A good place to stop en route is at Forest Inn, Mkushi.