The Hidden Gems of Luambe National Park

“Seeing Luambe National Park is to see the Luangwa as it used to be” – Adrian Carr

Luambe is a small National Park located between North and South Luangwa National Parks. There is only one camp and so the whole experience is EXTREMELY REMOTE AND PRIVATESince falling under new investment with a strong focus on conservation, game viewing has yielded fantastic results and the INCREDIBLE HIPPO POPULATION is something to experience. A very doable 3,5 hr drive from South Luangwa but also subject to seasonality.

Luambe is perfectly suited to:

Game DrivesBush WalksBirding

What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:

Big 5

Although the lion and leopard numbers are not as high here as South Luangwa, they are still very much around and regularly captured on the camera traps. Elephant and buffalo are also available and sighted on a regular basis although still very much treated as a worthy sighting!

Luangwa River

The broad and slow flowing Luangwa River provides the most incredible vistas and photographic opportunities. Invariably, any 180 degree sweeping view along the Luangwa will yield a variety of wildlife and numerous bird species. One of the most stunning rivers to explore in Africa!


The hippos of Luambe are unreal – up to 700 hippos congregate in the deep pool that runs below Luambe Camp. Their interaction and behaviour can keep you entertained for hours!

Carmine Bee Eaters

In season, there are a handful of superb colonies of carmine bee-eaters that provide birders and photographers with hours of entertainment.

Pel’s Fishing Owl

Although not unique to Luambe, the cathedral mopane forests and slow pools of water make for ideal Pel’s country. This is a great place to seek these special birds.

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

Luambe Camp

An exclusive and luxurious safari camp situated inside Luambe National Park

Luambe National Park Travel Packages

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Luangwa Discovery

An 8 night safari combining Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa with Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park.

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Great Rivers of Zambia

A 7 night safari across the 2 great rivers of Zambia – the Luangwa and the Zambezi – experienced from 2 National Parks: Luambe and Lower Zambezi.

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Beach and Bush

A 12 night, 13 day safari cAombining the amazing wildlife of Luangwa Valley and the beauty of the beach on the shores of Lake Malawi.

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Luambe National Park Photo Gallery

Photographs from featured region

Routes through the Eastern Region

The route through the Eastern Region would typically begin / end in Lusaka or Mpika. It is a strictly seasonal route as it is dependent on you descending the escarpment road and driving through the Luangwa Valley for extended periods of time and therefore shouldn’t be considered before mid July or after the end of October.

The road from Luasaka to South Luangwa is an all tar road hence accessible all year round. Leaving Lusaka, most people head directly for Chipata where there are various campsites and hotels for overnight stops. From Chipata, the next major stop would be the town of Mfuwe where you can enter South Luangwa.

Once you leave Mfuwe the gravel roads begin, although this road (which goes through the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa) is normally very driveable once safari season begins. Once you enter Luambe National Park, you are once again in wildlife country. You have an excellent chance of spotting game on this drive and as you near the end of the Luambe portion, the turn off to Luambe Camp will be visible… so if you have a booking at Luambe Camp, just follow the sign to camp. For those wishing to explore a wilderness region of the Luangwa, but still return via Mfuwe, this is a good point to head to.

If you are following the route right up to North Luangwa and out of the valley, then you will need to continue towards Kanyunsha that marks the beginning of North Luangwa National Park. With pre-booked permission from the operators within the park stating you are staying there, you will then be given directions to proceed to Mano Gate going up and over the steep escarpment. Once you hit the Mano Gate, you would have left the Luangwa valley and you will drive about 40km to connect with the Great North road which, if you join and follow in a southerly direction, will take you to Mpika.

The Lower Zambezi can be accessed through scheduled and private charter flights into either Jeki or Royal Airports.