Sumbu National Park
Sumbu National Park covers about 2,020km2, and borders on Lake Tanganyika. To the west the park is mostly surrounded by the Tondwa Game Management Area, which has been leased out to a small professional hunting operator since 1996. This has enabled it to act as a very effective buffer for the park, keeping the local subsistence hunters/poachers out whilst the game numbers had a chance to increase. This, combined with the resurgence of three lodges in this area, has made Sumbu's future look very promising indeed.
On another promising note, Sumbu is one of several parks in Zambia that have been designated as being 'viable game parks' under a recent study funded by the EU. Plans are afoot to change the way the parks are run, and EU money is set to help the less developed parks to become self-sustaining. Eventually, each of Zambia's parks should have greater autonomy, which will allow them to use their own funds for community development schemes as well as anti-poaching operations. This is vital if the wildlife of parks like Sumbu is to recover and tourism is to become a worthwhile source of revenue.