Lavushi Manda is beautiful for its scenery with the Lavushi Manda Hills rising to 500 metres above the lowlands. The Hills form a massive cliff-face to the east of the park. To the west the land ripples down to the valley below. At the present time Kasanka Trust is trying to keep the park safe and ordered but it is a very expensive and time-consuming task. Previously the poaching has been out of control.
The park is around 1,500 sq km. The many rivers running down from the hills end up flowing into Lake Bangweulu and the Congo River Basin. The hillsides are miombo woodland (two-storeyed woodland); the rivers are edged by thicker bush and, in between, there are extensive grasslands.
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.
Driving around the park is most popular, but walking is also available. Or fishing if you bring your own rod and equipment.
Citizens K17 per person per day
Residents and SADC Nationals K13 per person per day
International US$5 per person per day
Vehicle (Under 3 tonnes)
Local K25.50 per vehicle per day
International US$15 per vehicle per day
These are the fees as shown on the Zambia Tourism website. I think there has to be a mistake – residents are cheaper than citizens … but the fees are not expensive, so either is OK.
There are two campsites – Mumbatutu and Kupanda Lupili.
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.