The Cameia National Park in the west of Angola is surrounded by water. In the north, visitors will find the Zambezi River, in the south the Chifumage River, and to the east, the Luena and Lumege rivers flow. The Cameia and Dilolo Lakes are just outside the park with Dilolo being the largest lake in the country.
The Zambezi river basin in the west of Cameia provides for the miombo woodland. With annual rainfall over 1,100 millimetres, the reed beds and waterlogged grassland swamps abound in aquatic birdlife. Various other fauna and flora species occur only here and nowhere else.
To get to the park, the Cameia-Luacano road provides easy access with the park gate at Lumeje just off the road.
Like many other national parks in Angola, Cameia’s wildlife suffered greatly through years of civil war, and current sightings of predators like lions and leopards are rare. With renewed efforts, populations of species including reedbuck, wildebeest, tsessebe, and Lechwe are being replenished.
Waterbirds and woodland species are more easily spotted thanks to the rivers and lakes in the park. At least 29 species, including the Angola lark, Angola barbler, black-tailed cisticola, and brown firefinch have been sighted.
The wet season in Angola lasts from October until April and the misty season (also called the “Cacimbo”) from May to September. For the best wildlife viewing, travellers should visit the country between June and September when it is cooler and drier.
Visitors can explore the sights and sounds of Cameia during a game drive, and when the weather is nice and balmy, a dip in cool waters could be on the cards.
There is currently no accommodation options in Cameia, so visitors will have to opt for lodgings in the surrounding towns and settlements. Alternatively, arrangements can be made with established tour operators.