Getting There – Nsumbu 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.

Arrival in Zambia by air is usually through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), located 14km/9mi from Lusaka.

Nsumbu is located about 1200km/745mi from Lusaka and is very remote.

Currently, the only accommodation for tourists is Ndole Bay Lodge, located just outside the park. The easiest way to get there is by chartered plane to the airstrip in Nsumbu National Park. The lodge will organize a transfer from there by boat.

Proflight offers scheduled flights from Lusaka to Kasama. From Kasama, the lodge offers road transfers to Mpulungu (2 hours) to connect with their high speed boat transfer to Ndole Bay Lodge (2.5 hours).

You could also drive yourself to Mpulungu (on the shores of Lake Tanganyika) and book a lake transfer to the lodge only.

The more adventurous could take the government-operated ferry between Mpulungu and the small township of Nsumbu, where the lodge is located. Ndole Bay Lodge offers free pick-ups and drop-offs to the harbor in Nsumbu for guests staying at the lodge.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights among the parks are usually incorporated into your safari package and will be booked by your tour operator.

Proflight offers scheduled flights from Lusaka to Kasama – the lodge will organize transfers from there.

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Zambia page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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