Expert Reviews – Nsumbu NP
Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
Lakeshore park with a promising future
Lying on the southwestern shore of Lake Tanganyika, Sumbu (or Nsumbu) is popular with would-be tigerfish-wrestlers. I’m not into angling and am not too keen on the lake’s other fearsome residents, crocodiles, but the park does have other attractions.
Despite being well off the beaten track, Sumbu is reasonably well protected and funded, with recently improved access roads and a couple of lakeshore lodges. There’s a good population of herbivores here, including antelopes, buffalo and hippos, plus small herds of elephants. The combination of habitats also makes this a good place for birdwatching.