Luambe National Park: The Hidden Gem of the Luangwa Valley

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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Hippo yawning in the Luangwa River in front of Luambe Camp

Wildlife found in Luambe National Park

The park is home to a variety of wildlife species, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, antelopes, leopards, lions, hyenas, and numerous bird species. It is renowned for its birdlife, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers. 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 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!

The Luangwa River

The Luangwa River is one of Zambia’s major rivers, and it plays a significant role in the country’s geography, ecology, and wildlife conservation efforts. It flows through the eastern part of Zambia, primarily in the Luangwa Valley, which is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Its surrounding floodplains and woodlands create a diverse ecosystem that supports a wide variety of wildlife. The river’s banks are lined with lush vegetation, providing habitat for a range of species, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and numerous bird species.

During the rainy season, the Luangwa River can experience significant flooding, creating temporary floodplains. These floodplains are essential for the regeneration of vegetation and provide grazing opportunities for wildlife.

Luambe Conservation Project - Luangwa Valley - Luangwa Valley Activities - Birding and Wildlife

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.

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2022/ 2023 Guest reviews from Luambe Camp

Read what others have said about their time at Luambe

“The whole experience of having a private stay at a remote camp and seeing the wildlife in this natural habitat… Absolutely a dream come true!”

Mary and Larry

September 2023

“Extraordinary place with great luxury tents and special hospitality. Being the only lodge in the park, all sightings to yourself with all the typical Luangwa species makes it a must-visit for all people travelling to the Luangwa valley!”

Marc Tiewes

August 2023

"Our highlight? Driving up to our first sundowners all set up for us. Watching the Carmines, walking safaris, hippo hides, sleeping out under the stars.”

Alice and Scott

September 2023

“A massive thank you to everyone for making my stay so enjoyable... especially arranging the sleep-out on my birthday. It has been fantastic!”

Susan Bedingham

October 2022

“Fantastic and unique stay! Thanks so much to the staff for the most amazing stay!” - Mr and Mrs Schreiber, September 2022

Mr & Mrs Schreiber

September 2022

"Luambe Camp was by far, the best lodge I have stayed in on my holiday! There his no thing I can say except “excellent!” 

Nick Howard

September 2022

“Everyone was friendly and made our honeymoon so special! Tascha and Lamick especially made our stay very welcoming.”

Joe & Kelley

August 2022

"The ethos of the Luambe owner is reflected perfectly in the charm, courtesy and professionalism of its staff. Natascha could not have been more welcoming, amusing and helpful. Our guide Lamick was the epitome of care, knowledge and humour. The daily walking tracks were a highlight for us all and placed us in the very heart of this beautiful and varied country. I am not given to false praise, but Luambe Camps was of the best we have stayed in. Our thanks to all involved."

Stevie & Annie Bennet

September 2022

“Wow! We’ve had a great time. Far, far away from the crowds! To be in the middle of nowhere, all alone with the wildlife is incredible! Seeing the dogs was a fantastic bonus. Many many thanks to all the staff for giving us a once of a lifetime experience.”

M Rien

September 2022

“After a year we are back again - this time with the whole family. It was again fantastic experience! The game drives & the sundowners were incredible. The nature is absolutely great and we think we will have to come back again.”

Moeller Family

September 2022

“I have had a wonderful time at Luambe camp, loved the relaxed and informal atmosphere, sense of being in true wilderness and many great sightings.”

Irena B

August 2022

“Best experience ever! Magic place with magic staff. Thank you to all of you for the time we had, you made our experience in Luambe!" 

Ameli & Bruno

July 2022

"Thank you for a wonderful time. Our highlights included wild dogs interacting with elephants and a hippo plus a leopard dragging its prey away.”

Jo

August 2022

“Thank you!! We had the most wonderful 2 days. Well done!”

Mr & Mrs De Klerk

August 2022

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