​Wildlife & Animals – Nsumbu 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.

Although densities are quite low, a variety of animals can be seen in Nsumbu National Park. Hippos are common in the lake, and big crocodiles, up to 6m long, lie on the sandy banks. Buffalo and elephant sometimes come to drink at the lake. Bushbuck, puku and warthog frequent the beaches as well, while eland, roan and sable stick to the hills.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
HippoCommon
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
WildebeestOccasional
LionVery Rare
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaVery Rare
Wild DogRare to none

Wildlife Highlights

The rare blue duiker is a forest-dwelling species and one of the unusual inhabitants of the park. So is the swamp-loving sitatunga antelope, which is shy and rarely encountered. Aside from the big Nile crocodile, the endangered slender-snouted crocodile can sometimes be spotted as well.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Nsumbu can be visited throughout the year, but general wildlife viewing is best in the Dry season, from July to November, when the bush has dried out, and animals make their way to predictable water sources. The vegetation thins out as well during these months, which makes spotting animals easier.

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