SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Rated as one of the best wildlife areas in Southern Africa. The park, that covers 9050km2, has year-round access and is known for its high concentration of mammals, birds and reptiles. There are more than 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. The Luangwa river has the highest concentration of hippo’s and crocodiles in the region and the South Luangwa National Park is known as one of the best places to spot the elusive Leopard.
Zambia also has the highest growth rate of African Wild dogs in the whole of Africa resulting in good Wild dogs sightings.
The park is home to several lion prides , civet, genet and hyena are regular sightings as well as large herds of elephants, buffalo’s and great numbers of puku’s in the open bushveld. Bushbuck and kudu stay cover in the shrubs but they are very relaxed on approach. The Thornicroft giraffe is unique to the Luangwa valley.
The South Luangwa National Park is part of the Great Rift Valley, and is located in Eastern Zambia, close to the Malawian border.
Mfuwe village is on the Eastern boundary of the park and it has an international airport.
10 reasons to visit South Luangwa
1 Pristine wilderness
South Luangwa is wild and mysterious and it’s still relatively undiscovered.
Although number of visitors is growing, you can expect to have an up close and personal wildlife experience and game viewing to be peaceful and rewarding.
2 Diverse scenery
South Luangwa is one of Africa’s most beautiful, unspoiled places. Its main habitat consists of seasonal floodplains, oxbow lagoons and Miombo & Mopane woodlands. The abundant waterways, lush vegetation combined with a moderate tropical climate makes South Luangwa the ideal place for life to bloom.
3 Photographers paradise
With its incredible wildlife, dramatic landscapes and stunning sunsets, South Luangwa is truly a photographers paradise!
And whether you are a photography enthusiast or just want a piece of African nature to take home, taking the perfect photo of a stalking leopard or yawning hippo is a huge part of almost everyone’s safari. However with all that natural wonder and wildness so accessible, don’t let capturing the moment stop you from living it and put down the lens once in a while to take in South Luangwa’s charm on your own.
4 High guiding standards
South Luangwa is well known for its exceptionally high standards of safari guides. Aspiring guides have to meet the strict guiding exam requirements for guiding visitors in the Luangwa Valley.
5 Open all year round
South Luangwa National Park has all weather gravel roads and therefore can be visited all year around. Explore the different seasons marked by temporary seasonal colors, sounds and smells and discover how the wildlife deals with the changing seasons.
6 Exciting Night drives
Being able to go on a Night safari is quite unique to Zambia. Night drives provide a good opportunity to look for nocturnal activity, especially predators such as the big cats that come to life after sunset!
But there are countless other species that are rarely seen in daylight and can be witnessed on a night drive such as genets, civets, the bushy-tailed mongoose, scrub hares and elephant shrews. Occasional sightings include porcupine and honey badgers.
7 Valley of the Leopard
The Luangwa Valley, also known as the Valley of the Leopard, supports a higher density of leopards than any other area in Africa.
Although South Luangwa is one of the best places to see leopard, ultimately, a leopard sighting is all about luck. Nevertheless in South Luangwa you can shorten the odds considerably!
8 Adventurous Walking Safaris
With an experienced and knowledgeable guide a walking safari adds an extra dimension to your safari. Being away from the safari vehicle you become part of nature and are able to hear, see and smell all that surrounds you.
Walking safaris are all about learning how to interpret signs of the wild and how the ecosystem works. It will make you realize how impressive and interdependent wildlife and their ecosystems really are.
9 Great Hospitality.
South Luangwa is not just about animals but also about people.
Zambians have great pride in their nation and Zambian people can be considered amongst the most welcoming people in the world. You can expect a welcome with big smiles, hearty greetings and you will meet interesting personalities.
10 Wonderful memories
The abundance of wildlife, diversity of landscapes and incredible sounds and smells will forever stay with you and bring back wonderful memories.
South Luangwa is incomparable and will affect you in a personal way!