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.