Located in the south western corner of Lake Tanganyika, Sumbu National Park (also called Nsumbu National Park) covers approximately 2,000 km sq, including some 80kms of the most pristine shoreline of Lake Tanganyika. Arguably the most important protected area of the whole lake, it is one of three National Parks along the lake shore, the other two being in Tanzania.
The park is distinctive from the other national parks in that it has a relatively large portion of protected waters that are extremely productive in terms of fish and other aquatic life. This is mainly due to the comparative shallowness of this area. Sumbu National Park is widely recognised as one of the most important areas for conservation along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.