Location: West Lunga National Park

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1224D1, 1224D4

Country: Zambia

Habitat: A large area of Cryptosepalum forest.

Altitude range: 1100-1400 m

Annual rainfall: 851-1050 mm

Location (short): The Park is bordered by the West Lunga river in the West and stretches to the Kabompo River in the East.

Location (detailed): National Park no. 14, gazetted 1972, 1684 sq km. Mwinilunga District.


The most important habitat is mavundu found on Kalahari sands. This tall, evergreen forest is dominated by the tree Cryptosepalum pseudotaxus. It is three storeyed with an impenetrable shrub-scrambler layer and a total lack of surface water (Fanshawe 1961, Cottrell & Loveridge 1966). West Lunga also supports considerable areas of Miombo and chipya and through the whole area runs a network of rivers and streams that are flanked by dambos, strips of riparian forest and swamp.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Location details: West Lunga National Park.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=103, retrieved 3 October 2022

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