Visit South Luangwa
The South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's finest and most accessible wildlife park. It was here that walking safaris were pioneered and they remain one of the best ways of experiencing the African wilderness. The Luangwa River and its oxbow lakes are good places to see some of the highest concentrations of game on the continent.
South Luangwa is known for its roaming herds of elephants, some with 70 or more individuals. One particular community, whose matriarch is known locally as Wonky Tusk, is known to walk through the lobby of Mfuwe Lodge - a luxurious thatched bush camp considered one of Zambia's best - during the green season, in search of fresh mangoes that grow in the grounds.
Buffalos, leopards, zebras, antelopes and Thornicroft's giraffes are also prevalent, while the river and lakes are home to plentiful crocodiles and hippos. Birds are another South Luangwa attraction, with around 400 different species, including Steppe eagles and Steppe buzzards, which migrate from Russia. Ground hornbills, bee-eaters and yellow-billed storks are some of the local species that can be seen year-round.
Top itineraries in South Luangwa
A luxury 12-day safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and Zambia's Victoria Falls
Stay at three of Zambia’s most luxurious lodges while you experience the incredible wildlife and breathtaking wilderness of the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks before exploring Victoria Falls.
Experience the magic of the Zambian wilderness and stay at exceptional bush camps in some of the country’s most off-the- beaten-track locations
Walking with big game brings the African bush to life - a spine-tingling experience that's exhilarating to the point of addiction. You cannot approach animals as closely or as easily as you can in a vehicle, but we guarantee you will feel closer to Africa than ever before. You don't need to be espe…
Top places to stay in South Luangwa
Nestled beneath a grove of mahogany trees on the banks of Luangwa River, Tena Tena is a luxury tented safari camp idyllically located in Zambia’s Luangwa National Park.
Nsefu, Zambia’s original safari camp, is ideally located in South Luangwa National Park. This verdant woodland savannah, supported by a myriad of interconnecting rivers and tributaries, is home to a thriving ecosystem of birds and wildlife.
Nkwali is a boutique safari camp located on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, meaning exclusive entry to a private game viewing area and access to one of Africa’s premiere national parks.
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