The Zambezi River
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In depth synopsis
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Between the North and South Parks on the east bank of the
Luangwa River, is a small park of great vegetative beauty and an ever
increasing animal and bird population. A new camp has just been established
in this park for the first time.
Where to stay :
Lavushi Mandla National
This park, although indicated as a National Park on all
available maps, is no longer a reserve for wildlife. Most of the animals have been poached
out, except for a few herds of antelope on the northern plane. It still has a formidable
bird population however, but Tsetse flies are rife. There is one road passing through it
from Mpika to Chiundaponde, otherwise there is no infrastructure at all, no accommodation
or camping facilities.
\The park can be reached from the East, turning west 46 kms
south of Mpika. Western access from the Bangweulu swamps is via Chiundaponde. From the
Mansa road, take the turn off to the Livingstone Memorial, 10kms further north of the
Kasanka turnoff. The road forks after 8km, keep right and carry on for another 12 km, then
left again on to Chiundaponde. From there the road leads directly to the park and comes
out at the Great North road, just south of Mpika.
This is another of Zambias defunct parks. Lack of
funds, people pressure, no infrastructure, mismanagement and internal poaching have all
contributed to its decline. Apparently this park was proclaimed to protect a certain
animal species in the area and was never intended to be a fully fledged national park. It
can be reached by turning west off the Mpika / Mpulungu road, at Chambeshi.
Wantipa National Park
The swampland surrounding Lake Mweru Wantipa in the far
northern part of the country is much the same as the swamps of the Bangweulu in its
profusion of waterbirds during the rainy season. The lake is surrounded by local fishing
villages. It is possible to ask them to take you through the swamps in a dugout for a
Mweru Wantipa National Park, adjacent to the lake, used to
harbour vast herds of elephant but poaching however has depleted most of the wildlife
although there are still some small herds of buffalo. There are no tourist facilities but
it is possible to camp along the lakeshore.
The park can be reached from Nchelenge, continuing on the
dirt road alongside Lake Mweru and turning right just after Mununga, then left at Nkoshya.
Or, if approaching from the east, after Mporokoso, turn right at Mukunsa and right again
at Nkoshya. There is only one road through the park coming out at Kaputa near the Zaire
border. The park is inaccessible during the rainy season (Dec-March).
Lukusuzi National Park
Located on the eastern escarpment of the Luangwa Valley,
between the North and South Luangwa Parks. To date this park has had no development or
even management and the status of game is uncertain. There are apparently plans in the
pipeline for its privatisation. Check with the tourist board for any new developments. For
the curious 4x4 adventurer, it can be approached from the Chipata / Lundazi road, where a
poor dirt track to the west traverses the park and connects up with the South Park border
road. Not advisable in the wet season. Game scouts do man the gate and may be able to give
advice on the condition of the road.
Lusenga Plains National Park
Lusenga Plains National Park is in Luapula
province in the North of Zambia. This park has
not been operational for many years but it is
now being restocked. Impala and zebra have been
released , and soon wildebeest . Sabi Sands in
SA is working on a project to relocate between
300 and 500 elephant from Sabi to Lusenga Plains
and Sumbu NP in May 2009. New network
roads are being graded, and funding is being
sought for more scouts, firearms, vehicles for
anti poaching, bicycles and motorbikes for
scouts and possibly a light aircraft for
surveys. Lusenga plains is being managed
as a trust and is now accessible by road with
signposts from Kawambwa.