email a friend
printable version
Location Zambia, Western
Central coordinates 24o 30.00' East  17o 22.00' South
IBA criteria  
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 710 - 970m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description An area of floodplain, woodland and mutemwa stradling the wester end of the Livingstone-Sesheke road.The Zambezi marks the southern boundary (as well as the Namibian border) and a complex system of channels and ox-bows flank its main course. Both Papyrus and phragmites swamps are found in some of the more permenent wetlants and further away from the river are several ephemeral pans. A broad, sandy floodplain extends back for several kilometres and this is dotted with small elevations some of which become islands in years of heavy flood. Characteristic trees of these islands are Phoenix reclinata and very large Acacia albida. Beyond the plain is woodland of various types. Some areas are dominated by Terminalia sericea, but of more interest are the stands of Acacia woodland, a habitat that is uncommomn in Zambia. To the North of the main road, the land rises and here the vegetatio is principally mutemwa( forest dominated by Zambezi Teak.Most of this section falls within a National Forest (No 194) and it includes some of the finest remaining examples of this endagered forest type. Where burnt and degraded mutemwa becomes Kalahari woodlad and there are also small scattered, grassy plains. The area has a relatively small human population, although the densit is higher along the Zambzi where fishing is productive and cattle herding feasible.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula   Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni   Least Concern 
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni   Least Concern 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos   Vulnerable 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus   Vulnerable 
African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris   Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus   Least Concern 
Bradfield's Hornbill Tockus bradfieldi   Least Concern 
Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis   Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus   Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata   Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala   Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub - woodland  minor
Forest Woodland - mixed  minor
Wetlands (inland) Riverine floodplains  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
Notes: Its a National Forest

Other biodiversity Very poorly known.Spring Hare Pedetes capensis (Vu) is common and African Elephat Loxodonta africana (EN) wander through occasionally.An Aarwolf Protels cristatus was found dead on the main road close to the site in 1999 (P. Van Daele in litt.)

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Simungoma. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife