The South Luangwa National Park lies near the north-eastern border of Zambia in the Luangwa Valley. It supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife to be found anywhere in the world making South Luangwa one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The park’s 90 500 Hectares is host to a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. Walking Safaris originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience nature first hand. The quality of guiding is of a very high standard and all driving and walking guides have to pass an examination and many hours of practical experience in the field. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species, the only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction.

Why we like it

Hippos, hippos everywhere; The legendary big-tree lined Luangwa River; Leopard hotspot

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 90 500 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Leopard
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Chipata

Accommodation in South Luangwa National Park

Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa

It is hard not to be seduced by the charm of Bilimungwe Bushcamp, located in the heart of game-rich South Luangwa in Zambia. Here, the traditions of this African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Chamilandu Bushcamp, South Luangwa

Chamilandu Bushcamp is a breathtaking camp on one of the South Luangwa's prime river locations in Zambia. It is perfect for a bird's-eye view of the wildlife that the river and its lagoons attract. Early morning views don't get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa

A sublime tented camp on the edge of a permanent lagoon with the Chindeni Hills providing a truly breathtaking backdrop. In an enviable location on the edge of a lagoon where hippo chortle and elephant wallow, stands Chindeni - undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa. There's something about sleeping under canvas that ignites a…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in South Luangwa National Park

24-day Southern Circle Tour

This exciting safari tour takes guests on a 24-day adventure through five Southern African countries, showcasing the best nature, wildlife and adventure destinations each one has to offer. Besides visiting the region’s essential destinations, such as the iconic Victoria Falls and the world-famous Kruger National Park, you will also have the opportunity for a host of other experiences. Encounter the…

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Duration: 24 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

8-night Zambia Safari Tour

Zambia offers a truly diverse safari experience for adventurers and nature-lovers. This 8-night itinerary includes the spectacular Victoria Falls, the vast South Luangwa, and the Lower Zambezi National Park. The first stop is the jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. Famous worldwide, the mere sight of the Falls is worth the trip. But there are many nature and adventure activities to choose from…

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Duration: 8 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Zambia – East to West Tour

Looking to see all the natural splendour of Zambia? This safari tour from 'East to West' in Zambia includes the highlights of Zambia's pristine National Parks. We will spend four days in South Luangwa National Park, visit the famous Kafue National Park and carry on to the remote Liuwa Plains National Park, one of Africa's last true wilderness areas. Mosi-oa-Tunya…

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

Key Species

MAMMALS
Leopard
Hippo
Elephant
Giraffe
Lion


BRIDS
Carmine Bee-eaters
Lilian Love Birds
Pels Fishing Owl
African Fish Eagle


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Monitor Lizards
Marsh Terrapin


TREES
Winterthorn
Mopani
Leadwood


HABITAT TYPES
Mixed Bushveld
Open Woodland
Ebony Groves
Riverine
Savannah Woodland


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8
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