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

Nkonzi Camp, South Luangwa

Nkonzi Bush Camp is a seasonal safari bush camp, located in a quiet corner of the Zambian wilderness. Situated on the banks of the Mushilashi River in the South Luangwa National Park, the camp is surrounded by miombo woodland and riverine vegetation. It is 1km upstream from a permanent natural spring that attracts an array of wildlife, including lion, leopard,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa

Mfuwe Lodge is located in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park very close to the entrance of the park (a couple of km away). This lovely bush lodge provides all the comforts and facilities you could want, right in the heart of the African wilderness. The lodge's thatched buildings and viewing decks are situated on the banks of a lagoon, in…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Mchenja Bush Camp, South Luangwa

Mchenja Bush Camp is a luxury tented safari camp, located on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. The word "mchenja" means "ebony"- the magnificent trees under which this elegant camp stands. The camp is made up of five tented suites, each featuring an open-air en-suite bathroom, and with Victorian-style baths that have river views.…

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

Tours and Activities in South Luangwa National Park

Best of Zambia – East to West Tour

Visits the great parks of Zambia; Excellent and diverse game-viewing; Camping in the wild; Victoria Falls adventure activities

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Bush Camp Walking Safaris

Leopard hotspot! Great big game and birdlife; 6 unique luxury camps to choose from; Tailor-made walking safaris

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Duration: 2 to 10 days
Budget: More than $500 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