South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa National Park Safari

A South Luangwa National Park safari delivers everything you want from an African safari. You’ll sit back on drama-filled morning and afternoon game drives – spot-lit night drives too – and the accommodation ranges from super-luxurious to rustic-chic. Set around the teeming Luangwa River, Zambia’s premier wildlife destination is home to some of the highest densities of big animals in Africa – elephant, buffalo, lion and hippo – and has a well-earned reputation for amazing leopard sightings.

But the South Luangwa National Park has an extra advantage over other safari destinations: this is Africa’s best walking safari destination and the on-foot experience is unforgettable.

You’ll be in the company of highly experienced guides and armed scouts, enjoying anything from a morning’s nature walk to a multi-day walking safari, moving between bush camps and game viewing by foot and 4X4. Accommodation is basic but comfortable – you’ll have proper beds, hot showers, cold drinks and delicious fire-cooked meals.

Easily combined with Zambia’s other heavyweight destinations Victoria Falls and the Lower Zambezi, the South Luangwa is a fly-in destination, leaving you with more time for game viewing or relaxation. Lodges are located both in and around the park on private concessions. Accommodation set on the Luangwa River itself may be able to offer boating in high water season.

There are classic safari camps, family-friendly lodges as well as honeymoon hideaways and it’s an easy destination to combine with Victoria Falls and other parks in Zambia and even Botswana. A popular combination is with Lake Malawi, easy to reach from Zambia and home to beachfront hideaways with golden-sand beaches and scuba diving on offer.

Talk to Safari Online about a South Luangwa National Park safari. We’ll recommend the best tour or accommodation for your requirements or will tailor-make an itinerary for you.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Go on a Game Drive

Morning drives see the Luangwa at its crisp-edged best with predators on the move; afternoon drives end with sunset drinks before a spot-lit drive back to camp to catch nocturnal creatures on the prowl.

2. Walk the Luangwa

It’s how this park made its name: being on foot in big game territory. You’ll be led by some of Africa’s best & most experienced guides, enjoying anything from short walks to multi-day adventures.

3. Search for Predators

The South Luangwa has a high density of lions & enjoys a reputation for excellent leopard sightings. Spotted hyena, jackal & crocodile are all resident, as are endangered African wild dogs.

4. Enjoy a View for Two

With a range of idyllic lodges to choose from, the South Luangwa does romance too. Honeymooners & couples celebrating a special occasion can look forward to indulgent suites, private views & table-for-two dining.

5. Go Bird Watching

Over 400 bird species makes the South Luangwa a bird watcher’s paradise. Serious birders visit in summer when migrant birds arrive but there is plenty year round to keep everyone interested.

6. Bring the Family

Several South Luangwa lodges welcome children, offering family accommodation along with child-friendly safari activities, childminders & meals at convenient times.

7. Go on a Photo Safari

Let our guides use their knowledge of the bush and of photography to manoeuvre you into the best positions. They understand that considerations of light and composition are essential for any photographer. Getting guests up close to the animals is our aim.

8. Explore by Night

Spot-lit drives are the only way to see Africa’s elusive nocturnal animals & one of the best ways to see South Luangwa’s cats. Evening drives deliver all the action, returning you to camp for supper.

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