Game drives & walking trails
This is the traditional game drive and safari walk with a difference!
When on game drive on walking in Luambe, it is almost impossible that you will encounter another safari vehicle. This means that we have total freedom on our game drives to spend the time exactly how you want. If you want to follow up on foot when hearing baboon alarm calls, then off we go! If you want to spend 45 minutes with the carmine bee-eaters, then that’s what we do. We have the entire park to ourselves to enjoy at the pace you prefer.
GET MORE INVOLVED: For those guests who are interested, we encourage them to take facial close-ups of lions and leopards for our mammal census. Each individual is identifiable from the unique whisker spots found on each side of the face. Other characteristics such as ear tears, facial shapes and scars are also useful. The African wild dogs’ coat patterns are similarly unique to each individual and can be used to identify individuals. Side view pictures of wild dogs are most welcome for our data on Luambe’s wild dog pack.
Sleep-out on the banks of the Luangwa River
Luambe Camp is the only camp in Luambe National Park and as a result, we are able to offer unique sleep outs and bush dining that are harder to do in the busier parts of the Luangwa. Experience what a night out in the Luangwa is like after a great meal and in complete safety with our guides and armed scouts.
These activities need to be arranged with management in camp but are a real highlight of a visit to Luambe!
Cocktail sundowners whilst watching the Carmine Bee-Eeters
For only a few weeks a year, between September and the end of October, Luambe is splashed with colour by Luangwa’s favourite visitors – the carmine bee eaters. Large flocks of these migratory birds dig their burrows and lay their eggs in the vertical Luangwa riverbanks, offering guests the rare opportunity to savour a cup of ‘Carmine Coffee’ or enjoy cocktail sundowner’s during their breeding season.
But believe it or not, these birds are often the target of feather poachers. Regular monitoring of Luambe’s breeding colonies, keeping accurate nest and population counts is vital to know that they are being protected. Luambe Conservation Project records nest sites and numbers annually to ensure the populations are thriving.