Luambe National Park

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

The Hidden Gem of Luambe National Park

Luambe National Park is located on the eastern bank of the Luangwa River, halfway between South and North Luangwa National Park. It is one of the oldest protected areas in Zambia and was first given national park status in 1938. Nevertheless, because of its remote location on the eastern bank of the Luangwa river, the Park has remained essentially unchanged – largely because it’s off the beaten track, a secluded, tranquil place not covered by the usual tourist routes. Luambe is situated between the larger Luangwa national parks to its north and south, however, to those who visit it Luambe is often considered to be the jewel in the crown.

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What can you expect to find in Luambe National PArk

Animals and unique attractions you can expect to find in this region:

The 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!

The 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.

Safari and Conservation Activities in Luambe National Park

Luambe Camp & Conservation offers a range of unique safari activities including wildlife and bird viewing, sleep-outs and outdoor dining and community-wildlife interactions. To read about each of these activities in more detail – Click here.

Game Drive and Safari Walks

Sleep-outs and outdoor dining

Leopard looking through the trees in Luambe National Park

Recording the leopards of Luambe

Giraffe standing by itself Vultures eating a dead elephant in Luambe National Park

Help record giraffe data in the park

Bird tagging and identification

Understand the community dynamics

Packages featuring Luambe National Park

To best experience this region, we recommend combingin Luambe with another camp either in the Luangwa or in Lake Malawi. See our two most popular packages below:

An 8 night package featuring Flatdogs Camp in the South Luangwa and Luambe Camp.

The ultimate beach and bush combination! Spend 3 nights at Flatdogs Camp, 4 nights at Luambe Camp and  4 night at Kaya Mawa Beach Resort. 

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