New beginnings for Luambe
After many years of being in the shadows, the remote Luambe National park in Zambia’s wonderful Luangwa Valley is about to embark on a new journey. With the help of new private investment and a small team, mainly consisting of biologists, plans have been put in place for a new conservation, community and tourism project.
Located between North & South Luangwa, this off-the-beaten track National Park used to be one of the best places to see black rhinos in the Luangwa Valley during the 70’s and 80’s. After decades of poaching in this region – the Luangwa Valley, and specifically Luambe once again boasts an amazing array of wildlife.
Even though animals can be a little more skittish than in the other parks – mainly due to poaching and the lack of tourism facilities in recent years – hippos are abundant in Luambe with numbers reaching up to 700 in a single pod!
The new team in place has also reported frequent sightings of herds of elephants, buffalo, Crawshay’s Zebra, several antelope species including impala, puku, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck and even Thornicroft’s Giraffe (which according to reports didn’t use to occur in Luambe until about a decade ago).
Predators such as leopards, lions, hyena and wild dogs can also be seen – with the former being the most frequently found.