Sumbu National Park
This park is situated over the south western banks on Lake Tanganyika shaping some border on Zambia’s Lake Tanganyika part. This covers a space of about 2200 sq kilometers with a large area of the pristine shores on the wide inland lake. The western end is in the middle of Tondwa and Kaputa Game Management Area that have substantially been important in preserving the park away from poaching.
Its wonder ranges from pristine beaches, rocky cliffs, riparian woodlands, the bays and ports, the rugged hills as well as profound valleys. The Lufubu River flows through a valley flanked by escarpments on each side shaping this park’s border. Many other little rivers for example Nkamba along with Chisala wind directly into the Tondwa swamp and then for the bays. Most of the park is covered in miombo woodland together with the scarce combretum thickets as well as riverine woodlands to the lakeshore. This kind of eco region makes an appealing area for wildlife.
The particular park is remarkably recuperating from the drop in animals around the 80s on account of bad management and even greater poaching activity. You will see a handful of animals but some include the roan and sable antelopes, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, zebra, lion, spotted hyena, hippos, jackal, impala, leopard, bushbucks, warthog, puku and the like. This part of the lake is usually wealthy in swimming crocodiles, hippos and even wallowing buffalos.
Birdlife from the park remains wealthy having many migratory varieties shifting from East as well as Southerly Africa. The flamingo is one of the stunning migrants. Lakeshore habitants include the skimmer, grey-headed gull, fishing owl, spoonbill, whiskered tern, the fishing eagle, Plamnut vulture and a number of marabou storks, ducks and herons.
Nsumbu is famous for its exceptional offshore fishing. Some of the fishes caught is the large Nile Perch, giant tiger fish, catfish, lake salmon as well as the tasty yellow-colored belly. The particular Zambian National Fishing Competition happens on the lake each year around March or April.
Ndole Bay is found around abundant spectacular vegetation together with exclusive beaches. Two engine boats cross the lake unveiling the splendor of the huge lake. Ndole Bay is the first recreational Diving center in Zambia giving the most recent gear for use and all PADI programs with our own resident instructor as well as ecologist. The lake has many brightly colored species of fish designing a mystical inland sea haven.
Reaching to Sumbu National Park and also Nkamba Lodge will be sometimes by road via Mansa as well as Kasama to Sumbu. By way of air from Lusaka or Ndola to Kasaba Bay-Nkamba Bay Airports or perhaps from boat from Mpulungu. There are murram roads from Sumbu to Nkamba Lodge and also Kasaba Bay, up to a variety of scout’s camps. Kasaba Bay Aerodrome is at present owned and operated by the Department of Civil Aviation.Other laterite airstrips are found in Kasama and even in Mprokoso.
Most of the Lodges have private boats along with cars or trucks offered for nearby transport. Also , there are agencies which have cars or trucks services. You will find there's a ferry- MV Liemba which usually plies significant ports on Lake tanganyika and has full capacity for 500 travellers.
You can find three lodges in secluded Bays down the Park’s shoreline; Nkamba Bay , Kasaba Bay and Ndole Bay. Camping is normally done from Ndole Bay.
This park is located on the south shores of lake Tanganyika in the distant northern region of Zambia. Nsumbu National Park covers stretches over 2,000sq. km of land and includes 100 kilometers of immaculate land on the shores of this big lake. Its beauty is characterized by vertical cliffs, natural bays sandy beaches, rocky coves and to the rocky hills with deep valleys in its center. The river Lufubu that flows through the valley is bordered by a projection of 300 meter escapement on both sides.
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The western boundary of the National Park is shielded by Tondwa Game Management Area, an IUCN Category VIII Multiple Use Management Area that covers 54,000 ha. The larger portion of Kaputa Game Management Area occupying 360,000 ha is also neighboring the National Park in the north west & south west. the two Game Management Areas and Nsumbu National Park therefore form key portions of a network of sheltered places in the whole of Zambia.
The large river Lufubu cuts apart the park from the west up to the east and also distinguishes the parks eastern boundary up to where it pours into Lake Tanganyika. River Nkamba and river Chisala Rivers are brief and less important than the river Lufubu, drain into the Nkamba and Sumbu Bays correspondingly. The Nkamba Bay is a very gorgeous valley rich with a variety of wildlife as compared to other regions in the Park. The largest portion of the park is has a thicket of combretum. On the surrounding areas of the lakeshore are numerous candelabra and trees strangler figs in addition to the weird but attractive boulders hanging on one another.
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Despite the number of wildlife dropping in the park, existing still are a variety of animals and many are being revived and seeing them is not a guarantee. Hartebeest, Roan, buffalo, eland and sable are seen frequently, in addition to lions, zebra s, leopards and elephants. Bushbuck, puku and warthog are also common along the beach. The uncommon blue duiker which is a forest antelope, is one of the unique species in the Park, together with the shy sitatunga that resides in the swamp. Other commonly sighted species include the side-striped jackal, waterbuck impala, spotted hyena reedbuck, and serval. the crocodiles congest the lake on the border of the National Park, and for that reason swimming is prohibited. Some crocodiles grow up to a length of 6 meters. Hippos frequently appear in the night near the lodges to rest in the grass.
Bird life is quit creative with migrating bird from South Africa and East Africa stopping in this area. The Flamingos are the most beautiful among the migrating birds and among the other species that dwell at the lake shore are spoonbill, ducks skimmer, herons, whiskered tern and many others. The commonly seen varieties include the black-backed gull, African skimmer, grey-headed gull, fish eagle and the white-winged black tern. The Pel's fishing owl and palm nut vulture are seen once in a while.After visiting the park,you may proceed to your safari lodge and relax with excellent facilities and services offered.