​Wildlife & Animals – Luambe NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

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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