Nsumbu National Park

Into Lake Tanganyika

Resting on the southern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Northern most tip of Zambia. Nsumbu National Park traverses an area of just over 2000 square kilometers. Including 100kms of some of the most pristine shores of this vast Lake. Its excellence ranges from sandy beaches, vertical cliffs, rocky coves and natural bays to the rugged hills and low valleys of the interior. The Lufubu River moves through the Park and pours into Lake Tanganyika.
Sumbu (Western boundary of Nsumbu) as called by the locals is buffered by Tondwa Game Management Area, an IUCN Category VIII Multiple Use Management Area of 54,000 ha. The much bigger Kaputa Game Management Area (360,000 ha) is also contiguous with the National Park to the north-west and south-west, and consequently, the National Park surrounds Tondwa. Nsumbu National Park and the two Game Management Areas thus form fundamental parts of a network of Protected Areas in Zambia.

The Park is divided from west to east by the sizeable and continuing Lufubu River, which also separates the eastern boundary of the Park up to the river’s outflow into Lake Tanganyika.

Nkamba and Chisala Rivers are smaller than the Lufubu, diminishing Tondwa Swamp into Nkamba and Sumbu Bays respectively through an attractive valley with abounding wildlife. Much of the park is blanketed by combretum thicket, but beside the lakeshore, there are many strangler figs and candelabra trees along with the peculiar and exciting boulders balanced on top of one another.

What to do in Nsumbu National Park

All taste in covered
Game viewing drives

Striking 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 (seldom), Leopard (sometimes), Blue Duiker, Sitatunga.

Walking Safaris

The neighboring lodges will design for you to do a walking safari through the park with an armed scout. In case you arrive on your own, you can inquire at the entrance gate if a guide for walking is available.


Distinguished birdlife is 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.

Kampasa Rainforest

An extensive tour into the heart of the National Park. A 45-minute boat ride along the natural shorelines of the park, finding wildlife along the way. Disembark and take a 45-minute stroll along the edge of Nkamba wetland with an impressive escarpment on the other side. Go back in time hiking into a forested glade that is an ancient stand of secluded rainforest with religious importance to the local people. An exception 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 known for its sighting of the rare sitatunga antelope as well as Pels fishing owl.

Nearby activities

– Scuba Diving

– Boat-rides along the shoreline of the Park noted as the finest section of shoreline on the whole lake.

Waterfall Walk

A short walk around the National Park and boat ride accompanied by a trained game scout. Taking you through a trail along a beach following a small stream into an isolated forest leading to a waterfall. The guide will go according to your pace resting along the way to encounter wildlife like warthogs, monkeys, Puku antelopes, and hippos are familiar with this hike.


Ndole Bay Lodge

Ndole Bay Lodge is nestled on its secluded beach on Lake Tanganyika. It offers a diversity of accommodation options including two deluxe Beachfront Chalets with outdoor waterfall showers; deluxe 2 bedrooms with a beachfront chalet; ten Standard Ensuite cottages; two Non-Ensuite Chalets with a beach-campsite with showers and flush toilets; our Full board kitchen team produces a gorgeously cooked breakfast, perfect Lunches, and a delicious 3-course dinner nightly, every day. Our bar is well stocked with healthy diversity, drinks, and special cocktails. Full or half day fishing trips, sunset voyages are some of the activities. More to this, spectacular Wildlife tours as well as trails (seasonal), PADI Scuba diving, Snorkel Trips, Watersports such as tubing and skiing are at your rich. Unique lake tours are available to request. Nsumbu National Park has 100kms of natural coastline that is untouched by man. Animals that are likely to be observed include Elephant, Puku, Bushbuck, Situtunga, Warthog, crocodiles, a wide variety of birdlife and the favorite Cichlid fish of Tanganyika.

About Ndole Bay

Ndole Bay Lodge has always been a long-standing family business now run by Craig Zytkow and his partner Elise Brazier. Focusing on Lake-based activities, Ndole Bay is a favorite local 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 prosperous lodge establishing tourism in Nothern Zambia and highlighting the stunning Lake Tanganyika.

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