LUAMBE NATIONAL PARK
All the photos on this page are from Marcus Westberg. Thank you
Luambe National Park is to the east of the Luangwa River between North and South Luangwa National Parks. It is remote and has only one camp. So, if you are a visitor to the park you will see no-one else but your fellow guests.
It was made a Wildlife Reserve in 1938. After Zambia’s Independence it was unprotected for many years and there was a lot of poaching. One company tried to operate in the park but closed after a few years. Now, though, Luambe Camp has been set up and offers a unique wilderness experience.
Luambe is only open in the dry season between June and November
In 2017 Luambe National Park became the world’s most carbon neutral park.
There are a lot of mopane trees interspersed with floodplains and grassland, with the odd miombo woodland (mixed two-storey woodland on poor soil). The Luangwa River runs along the western border of the park with several rivers running from the eastern hills, through the park and joining the Luangwa.
The wildlife in the park has increased dramatically since its protection a few years ago. Animals are free to move between South Luangwa and Luambe as there are no fences. The land bordering Luambe is protected Game Management Areas.of Lumimba and Munyamadzi.
According to their notes they have seen buffalo, hippo, elephant, impala, puku, zebra, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, monkeys and baboons. Predators are leopards, lions and wild dog. I am sure they will identify more as time goes by.
200 bird species have been recorded so far. The most spectacular bird is the carmine bee-eater which nests in large colonies during September and October in the river bank.
I do not have a list but you can use the South Luangwa one. South Luangwa bird list compiled by Pete Leonard for BirdWatch Zambia CLICK HERE
Walking is the main activity in Luambe.
Drives during the day or evening are also offered.
Citizens K34 per person per day
Residents and SADC Nationals US$10 per person per day
International US$15 per person per day
Vehicle (Under 3 tonnes)
Local K25.50 per vehicle per day
International US$15 per vehicle per day
Luambe Camp has 4 ensuite safari tents. There is no camping.
Guests can fly into Mfuwe Airport near South Luangwa and then be given a road transfer from there.
For the self-drive:
I think this is about right. I don’t think you can get lost …
I have shown the rivers in blue, but they will be dry between June and November.