NSUMBU NATIONAL PARK
Lying on the southern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Northern most tip of Zambia, Nsumbu National Park covers an area of just over 2000 square kilometers. It includes 100kms of some of the most pristine shores of this vast Lake. Its beauty ranges from sandy beaches, vertical cliffs, rocky coves and natural bays to the rugged hills and deep valleys of the interior. The Lufubu River winds its way through the Park and pours into Lake Tanganyika.
The western boundary of Nsumbu National Park, or Sumbu as it is called locally, is buffered by Tondwa Game Management Area, an IUCN Category VIII Multiple Use Management Area of 54,000 ha. The much larger Kaputa Game Management Area (360,000 ha) is also contiguous with the National Park to the north-west and south-west, and therefore the National Park completely surrounds Tondwa. Nsumbu National Park and the two Game Management Areas thus form important parts of a network of Protected Areas in Zambia.
The Park is dissected from west to east by the sizeable and perennial Lufubu River, which also demarcates the eastern boundary of the Park up to the river’s discharge into Lake Tanganyika. Nkamba and Chisala Rivers are ephemeral and smaller than the Lufubu, draining Tondwa Swamp into Nkamba and Sumbu Bays respectively, the former through an attractive valley with abundant wildlife. Much of the park is covered by combretum thicket, but along the lakeshore there are many strangler figs and candelabra trees along with the strange and interesting boulders balanced on top of one another.
What to do in Nsumbu National Park
Game viewing drives
Notable wildlife seen in the Park: Crocodile, Hippopotamus, Bushbuck, Warthog, Puku, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Eland, Hartebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, Spotted Hyena, Side-Striped Jackal, Serval, Impala, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Elephant, Lion (occasionally), Leopard (occasionally), Blue Duiker (rare), Sitatunga (rare).
An extended excursion into the heart of the National Park. This tour involves a 45 minute boat ride along the pristine shorelines of the park, spotting wildlife along the way. Disembark and take a 45 minute walk along the edge of Nkamba wetland with a dramatic escarpment on the other side. Emerge into a forested glade that is an ancient stand of isolated rainforest with religious significance to the local people. An anomaly in the surrounding woodland the area is rich in wildlife. Puku, bushbuck, hippo, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, warthog and duiker are all commonly encountered. The wetland is also famed for its sighting of the rare sititunga antelope as well as Pels fishing owl.
Notable birdlife seen: Flamingo, African Skimmer, Spoonbill, Whiskered Tern, Storks, Ducks, Herons, Grey-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, White-Winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Fish Eagle, Palmnut Vulture
Pel’s Fishing Owl
Offered by Ndole Bay Lodge (they will be taking a page)
A short walk within the National Park. After a short boat ride you are accompanied by a trained game scout. The walk takes you along a beach and then follows a small stream to a secluded and forested waterfall. You set the pace and stop along the way to watch any wildlife encountered. Puku antelope, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys, waterbuck and hippo are resident in the area with buffalo and elephant commonly encountered.
The surrounding lodges will arrange for you to do a walking safaris through the park with an armed scout. If you arrive on your own, you can ask at the entrance gate if a guide for walking is available.
- Scuba Diving
- Boat rides along the shoreline of the Park, noted as the finest section of shoreline on the whole lake.
Ndole Bay Lodge
Ndole Bay Lodge is nestled on its own private beach on Lake Tanganyika. It offers a variety of accommodation options including 2 x Deluxe Beachfront Chalets with outdoor waterfall showers, 1 x Deluxe 2 bedroom Beachfront chalet, 10 x Standard Ensuite chalets, 2 x Non Ensuite Chlalets as well as a beach campsite with showers and flush toilets.
Our Full board basis provides a sumptuous cooked breakfast, Light Lunches and a delicious 3 course dinner nightly. Our bar is well stocked with a variety of spirits, wines and cocktails.
Activities include full or half day fishing trips, sunset cruises, Wildlife scenic tours in Nsumbu National Park as well as walks (seasonal), PADI Scuba diving, Snorkel Trips, Watersports such as tubing and skiing. Custom lake tours available to request.
Nsumbu National Park has 100kms of pristine coastline that is untouched by man. Animals that are likely to be seen include Elephant, Puku, Bushbuck, Situtunga, Warthog, crocodiles, a wide variety of birdlife and the famous Cichlid fish of Tanganyika
About Ndole Bay
Ndole Bay Lodge is a long standing family business now run by Craig Zytkow and his partner Elise Brazier.
Focusing on Lake based activities, Ndole Bay is a locals favourite destination of Zambian fishermen, couples and families alike.
Now offering Deluxe beachfront chalets, Standard Ensuite Chalets, Non Ensuite Chalets and camping, Ndole Bay had grown into a vibrant and successful lodge pioneering tourism in Nothern Zambia and highlighting the stunning Lake Tanganyika as an up and coming tourist attraction.