Wildlife & Animals – Luambe NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Luambe offers reasonable wildlife viewing, although animals are less habituated than in neighboring North and South Luangwa. Aside from black rhino, all the usual wildlife is present though. Elephant and buffalo are regular visitors to the lagoon, and there is a good variety of antelope. Hippo and crocodile are abundant in the river.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeRare to none
HippoAbundant
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionRare
CheetahVery Rare
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

The park is home to the endemic Crawshay's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest. The endemic Thornicroft's giraffe, common in South Luangwa, is rare in the park but comes through occasionally. Night drives are quite productive, and some of the species that can be seen are porcupine, scrub hare, civet and honey badger.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The middle until the end of the Dry season – July to October – is the best time for wildlife viewing in Luambe. At this time, animals gather at rivers and other watercourses, and the vegetation thins out making spotting easier. The park becomes totally inaccessible in the Wet season, and the only lodge operates from June to October.

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