Game Drives & Walks
Game Viewing in Luambe National Park
Enjoy game drives and guided walks through the woodlands and out onto the plains with your guide and discover all that the Luambe wilderness has to offer. The grasslands of the Chipuka Plains are favoured by buffalo, elephant and other species such as impala, puku, kudu, Crawshay’s zebra and the Thornicroft’s giraffe. Visitors could also be lucky enough to spot reedbuck, Cookson’s wildebeest, eland, wild dog, leopard, hyena and lion.
Hippo watching from Luambe Camp
Luambe Camp is situated on the banks of the Luangwa river. In front of camp, the Luangwa forms a large pool which is home to hundreds of hippo whose numbers increase throughout the dry season. Enjoy a G&T or beer in the shade of the indigenous trees while watching the antics of the resident hippos as well as potentially sighting elephant, buffalo, crocodiles and a wide variety of waterbirds in front of camp. At night you should expect to fall asleep to the sound of hippos as they leave the river to graze
Birdlife in Luambe National Park
Luambe National Park supports more than 200 species of birds. For the avid birdwatcher, abundant species of bird are regularly seen in Luambe: these include raptors such as the martial eagle, tawny eagle and African fish eagles. Our guided birding tours of the area around Luambe Camp can be spectacular with specials such as African skimmer, racket-tailed roller, Pel´s fishing owl, white-backed night-heron and Lilian´s lovebirds. Seasonal movements of the before mentioned species may mean these birds are not around when you visit.
For only a few weeks a year, between September and 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’ during their breeding season. This is a signature moment at Luambe, when you are taken to a sensational nesting spot to enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) while watching these highly social birds begin to stir and flutter at first light.