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A small town on the Zambezi Floodplains, Lukulu is the capital of Lukulu District; its economy is centred on fishing in the Zambezi River.Traveller Description
The town is located on the Zambezi River’s eastern bank and the northern edge of the Zambezi Floodplains. Here, the land isn’t so flat and thus it floods less than the areas further south. The Zambezi’s western banks still flood regularly between December and March.
Lukulu is mostly visited by sports fishermen who come here for bream and tiger fish. Two upmarket fishing lodges in the area offer excellent tiger fishing. Some visitors prefer to bush camp along the river bank and use their own boats but this requires that you negotiate with the nearest settlement or village for permission to camp.
Located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Zambezi River banks, Sancta Maria Catholic Mission Station was founded in 1935 and offers English mass at 07h30 on Sunday. The 09h00 mass is conducted in the local SiLozi language and combines Catholicism with aspects of the local Lozi Culture, which translates to much singing and dancing!
|Lukulu, Liuwa Plains, Zambia
|Cellphone Reception :
|Main Cellular Network :
|Airtel or Zamtel
|Petrol Type :
|General Dealer, Tour Services, Lodging, Bakery, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales
|Closest Main Route :
|D557 & D792
Accommodation facilities here are limited to some basic rooms catering to local travellers.
Tow-in services you can try are based in Lusaka: Try: +260(0)96 676 1647 / +260(0)97 7483 306.
There’s a district hospital in town (limited services) as well as the Sancta Maria Mission Hospital.
NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.
Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.
If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected]. (http://ses-zambia.com/).
Despite the presence of a local ZESCO (Zambia Electricity Supply Company) power cuts and water supply interruptions occur regularly.
The fuel station only stocks regular diesel (a fuel with a sulphur ppm rating much higher than Zambia’s ‘low sulphur’ diesel which is 500 ppm), there’s also no unleaded petrol here.
LIUWA PLAIN NP FROM LUKULU:
You’ll find a small pontoon (not always operational) that takes vehicles across the river and onto the tracks which cross the floodplain to Liuwa Plain National Park. Note, the floodplain is impassable when the Zambezi River rises; at this time travellers are advised to travel via Mongu and Kalabo to Liuwa Plain NP. Park fees are paid at Kalabo.
MONGU FROM LUKULU:
Mongu can be reached via the Barotse Plain - an exciting drive through the flood plains which definitely requires 4WD. These tracks cannot be used during the wet season and you should always ask local taxi drivers if they can pass between Limulunga and Lukulu before attempting this crossing. This route will take many hours off the journey between Mongu and Lukulu as the gravel road tends to deteriorate very quickly - it can take up to six hours to reach the main highway.
SHOP & SERVICES:
There are a few small kuka shops but no ATM. Mongu is the nearest town with supermarkets and ATMs.
Outside town, Ngulwana Community Campsite offers camping on the banks of the Zambezi; note, this venue has no facilities.
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