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At Lavushi Manda National Park, the outstanding features include Kanyanga Falls, the Rocky Mountain and lake. Miombo woodland covers most of the national park. Like many other national parks in Zambia the wildlife here has reduced significantly over the years as a result of poaching and lack of investment.

  • Ample scope for you to experience bush walking over the rolling landscape
  • Hosts large populations of biome-restricted bird species
  • Convenient route into the Bangweulu Game Management Area

The park hosts large populations of biome-restricted bird species – birds that are so highly adapted to a particular area that they cannot survive anywhere else. Birds that are so highly adapted to a particular area that they cannot survive anywhere else.

This game park lies south-east of the Bangweulu Swamps and to the west of the Great North Road between Serenje and Mpika. The north of the land slopes away and the park’s streams all drain into the Lulimala, Lukulu or Lumbatwa Rivers and then ultimately into the Bangweulu Basin.

There are areas of Riparian forest nearer the larger streams and dambos. There is only one great river, the Lukulu that crosses the park in a wide curve from north to south. In the hills, there are numerous plants of the Euphorbiaceae family and aloe, while palm trees grow in the canyons. The Lavushi Manda National Park is still home to the elephant, lion, buffalo, sable, roan and other antelopes. A growing number of mammals that have been reported though few of these are sighted often. It offers activities such as driving through the park making it an interesting experience.

Where to stay

There are no developed lodges, camps or campsites in Lavushi Manda. You’ll need all your food, water and equipment. If you are planning on venturing off the main road, then arrange for one of the scouts from the park gate to accompany you.

Getting there

There are various directions from which this game park can be accessed.

  • If you are coming from the east, then turn to the Lavushi Manda from the Mpika-Serenje road. It is about 60 kilometres from Mpika. The turning to Lavushi Manda from the main Mpika–Serenje road is about 141 kilometres north east of the turning to Mansa and Kasanka. There is another road across the TAZARA railway line, which enters the park after 12 kilometres via a scout post.
  • From the west the best track runs east from the Chiundaponda passing by a turn off to Bangweulu. After travelling about 20 kilometres from there you will reach the Lavushi Manda at the Lutimwe Scout Post, which is above the crossing of the Lutimwe River. It is a little more than 10 kilometres from the strong concrete bridge over the Lukulu River.
  • It is advisable to take a knowledgeable scout and to carry all the necessary items. Driving even in the dry season is a challenge with big muddy gullies and areas where the road has just been washed away. In the wet season some areas may be completely impassable.

The importance of development and conservation of Lavushi Manda

It is reported that Lavushi Manda National Park is possibly where black rhino were last observed in Zambia in the late 1980s, suggesting the park’s habitat would still be suitable for the reintroduction of the species. Lavushi Manda unique landscapes include vast stretches of pristine hills, miombo woodlands, dambos, wet grasslands and forests along the Lukulu and Lulimala rivers. The forty kilometre long dramatic and elevated rocks called Lavushi Manda also need protecting. These landscapes are an upland wildlife refuge for some of the hoofed mammals of the Bangweulu in the wet season (such as the roan, sable and hartebeest). Although largely depleted, recent visits show there is still an excellent variety of large mammals present in small numbers.

The Lavushi Manda National Park and near by Kasanka National Park contain important biodiversity within a key ecosystem of interlinking protected areas. These areas are currently neglected and increasingly under threat by encroachment and illegal resource harvesting. Together with the adjacent Bangweulu wetlands including the new Chikuni Community Partnership Park it offers a prime location for conserving the biodiversity of the significant Central Zambezian Miombo Woodland which is currently under-represented in Zambian National Parks. Here lies an opportunity for investment, community involvement and development and wildlife management that will encourage visitors looking for a unique Zambian experience.

Wildlife

  • Antelopes
  • Black rhino (last seen here in the 1980s)
  • Baboon Buffalo
  • Common duiker
  • Elephant
  • Hyena Leopard
  • Lion
  • Reedbuck
  • Roan antelope
  • Sable (black and red)
  • Sable antelope
  • Sitatunga
  • Vervet monkey
  • Waterbuck
  • Wild boar
  • Wildebeest

Ecology

  • Miombo woodland
  • Riparian forests
  • Grassy dambos
  • Picturesque hilly landscape
  • Numerous streams
  • Waterfalls