The western region of Zambia

The Zambezi river, Sioma Ngwezi, Liuwa Plain National Park and Barotseland

From the completely unexplored miombo woodlands and dambos of Sioma Ngwezi National Park to the vast plains of Liuwa Plains, Western Zambia is frontier country and guarantees adventure and memories for all who choose to visit.

Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi River

Tiger fishing on the Zambezi River is not only about the thrill of the catch but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the region. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, the Zambezi River offers a unique and memorable fishing adventure.

Bream Fishing

The largemouth bream species including the nembwe, thinface and humpbacks are all found in good numbers on the Barotse floodplains. While always threatened by the presence of netting, the largest individual of all the above mentioned bream species can be caught on fly and artificial lure in these waters and are a delight to target. Additional sought after bream species include the 3-spot and red-breast bream, the former reaching monstrous sizes in this food rich environment.

The Zambezi River

The Zambezi River on the Barotse floodplains is broad and a large catchment for the annual floods. These floods form the habitat for tiny fish to breed which in turn stock this part of the river resulting in serious food source and large fish. The river is generally slow flowing and broad with occasional rocky pinnacles.

Liuwa Plain National Park

Liuwa has undergone a tremendous re-birth under the stewardship of African Parks and while their bi-annual WILDEBEEST “MIGRATION” is probably still its most renowned feature, the ENDLESS SKIES, LARGE PACKS OF HYENAS, INCREDIBLE FLORAL BLOOMS and the Lions of Liuwa – all make a visit to Liuwa richly rewarding. The wildebeest are normally more accessible in May/June and again in November/December depending on seasonal rainfall so these are the prime windows to visit. However, as the park recovers, there are still more than enough attractions to make a visit between these times worthwhile!

The Kuomboka Ceremony

For people planning a visit to the Liuwa region in April, another attraction is the Kuomboka Ceremony. This famous traditional ceremony sees the Litunga – the King of Barotseland – being paddled in his massive barge from his ‘low water’ palace in Lealui to the ‘higher ground’ in Limilunga.

The Wildebeest Migration 

The wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plain National Park is affectionately called Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. November and December are prime months to visit with stunning skies and flower blooms but May and June are also superb albeit, muddy!

Sioma Ngwezi National Park

This hidden National Park in the south west corner of Zambia is ABSOLUTELY WILD in the original sense of the word. If you want to lose yourself in a world apart from tourists, then Sioma Ngwezi is a good place to start. The added benefit of seeing the Ngonye Falls – the Zambezi’s SECOND LARGEST WATERFALL – and its location as part of an obvious route up to Liuwa Plains would be good reasons to keep this park on your radar. The ideal months are May to September when the game congregates around seasonal pans but don’t expect a high density wildlife experience – THIS IS WILDERNESS and although we have seen everything from wild dog to sable, you could just as easily miss the game. There are hardly any roads and no facilities if you ‘go it alone’ so best to link up with specific operators.

Ngonye Falls

A little to the east of Sioma Ngwezi and right along the main road to the park entrance you can find the Ngonye Falls. For those who like fishing, there are some lovely tigers that lurk in the rapids but the real beauty of visiting the Ngonye Falls are the natural rock pools or jacuzzis found along the the far eastern edge of the horse-shoe shaped falls.

DATES & SEASONS

Lumbe Pools is open from 1 March - 15 December

You can visit Lumbe Pools between March and December but keep in mind that some of the activities will be better experienced at certain times of the year. Chat to us about what type of experience you're looking for and we can recommend when the best time to go would be.

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    Guest Reviews

    An amazing week! I am looking forward to coming back and seeing how this camp develops over the next few years! This is the start of something truly special on the Zambezi

    mike gretzi
    August 2023

    Thank you for an amazing time! You made me feel so special from the minute I arrived here, I will return and bring my friends and family back to experience this beauty.

    Elsie Bodington
    August 2023

    What an incredible week! Thanks for the Lumbe team for an amazing few days o the Zambezi. Great fun, great people and great fishing. We will be back!

    Tim Botha
    August 2023

    Thank you to everyone involved for a wonderful few days fishing and enjoying the upper Zambezi. Weather was not on our side but we had some lifetime experiences. I will be back!

    Will Lotter
    September 2023

    To Ilze, Karl and all the wonderful staff - Thank you for a wonderful week of fishing, eating and amazing outings.

    Ann & Pete
    September 2023

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    Lumbe is located 30km from Sioma Falls and 300km from Livingstone.  

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