A Luangwa Experience with difference

With Luambe National Park being located in a core area of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, it forms a crucial part of its entire ecosystem. The main objective of Luambe Camp and its operating company Luambe Conservation Ltd. is to primarily conserve the habitat and biodiversity of the National Park.

Our efforts in contributing to the conservation of this unique ecosystem include:

Working towards the reduction of poaching issues by assisting the National Park’s scout units in their efforts to protect the park on the ground, and by frequently monitoring the area with the help of Conservation South Luangwa’s aeroplane.

Working closely with the Zambian Carnivore Programme in order to get a better understanding of the distribution and behavior of carnivores in Luambe National Park, particularly the endangered African Wild Dog.

Supporting Luambe’s surrounding communities; to date we have provided multiple fresh-water boreholes, as well as new/improved farming methods.

Re-establishing the tourism facilities, and thereby generating profit through sustainable safari tourism. All profits will be used by Luambe Conservation Ltd. to ensure the future protection of Luambe National Park and the sustainable development of its surrounding communities.

Further Reading….

Ray, R. R. 2011. Ecology and population status and the impact of trophy hunting of the leopard Panthera pardus(LINNAEUS,1758) in the Luambe National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas in Zambia. PhD Study University of Bonn, Germany. 

Lindsey PA, Nyirenda VR, Barnes JI, Becker MS, McRobb R, Tambling CJ, et al. 2014 Underperformance of African Protected Area Networks and the Case for New Conservation Models: Insights from Zambia. PLoS ONE 9(5): e94109.

Ray-Brambach, R. R.; Stommel, C. & Rödder, D. 2018. Home ranges, activity patterns and habitat preferences of leopards in Luambe National Park and adjacent Game Management Area in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Mammalian Biology 92: 102-110

The Conservation Goal for Luambe

Luambe Camp & Conservation exists to see the park have the highest mammal biomass per square kilometre in Zambia.

After years of poaching and struggling for resources, Luambe is returning back to its former glory. The Lindsey et al. report of 2014 found Luambe National Park has the highest potential large mammal biomass per square kilometre of all Zambian National Parks! In 2014, the park was determined to only have 5% of its potential biomass! 

We invite our guests to join us in restoring the park back to its former glory!

Learn more on the “Caring for Conservation” website

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Key indicators that we are achieving our goals are defined as the following:


Elephant herds settle and become more habituated to human presence (Luambe elephants were traditionally extremely skittish and aggressive).


Thornicroft’s Giraffe returned to the park from the south in 2014. A small but growing population has established since then. In 2020 giraffe twins were born!


The population of Cookson’s wildebeest has grown considerably. A herd of more than 70 has been observed in late 2019. 


Plains game like Crawshay’s zebra, puku and eland are increasing according to the regular counts. In 2019 a small herd of roan has been documented.


Large carnivores like lion, leopard and spotted hyena are permanently present in the park. Wild dogs denned in the park in 2019 and are increasingly reported since by means of sightings, camera trap and radio-tracking data


Critical large bird species such as vultures, raptors, big owls and crowned cranes do occur in Luambe. Monitoring and tagging programmes will provide data regarding their population development and thus the efficiency of the conservation measures implemented

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