Luambe National Park

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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.

Click here for detailed directions for how to get to Luambe

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

October 2022

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

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!” 

September 2022

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

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."

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.”

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.”

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.”

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!" 

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

August 2022

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

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