While most of Zambia's parks are forced into hibernation over the rainy season, from November to March, the South Luangwa National Park shines as an exceptional green destination.
The Luangwa River has carved a valley through eastern Zambia protected by the (almost off-limits) North Luangwa Park, the South Luangwa Park and some ground-breaking community conservation projects.
The Luangwa Valley becomes a photogenic haven of abundance: rivers and ox-bow lakes fill up; riparian forests plump up, fill out and turn every shade of green; the drab brown plains become inviting meadows and heavy clouds patch up the bright clear blue sky.
Buffered by Game Management Areas (GMA) that extend almost to the Lower Zambezi National Park, the Luangwa GMA wildlife is owned and managed by the villagers who live off the river's abundance. The concept has turned rampant poaching into rampant protection and it shows.
Leopard are particularly common in the South Luangwa, though not so common as to be routine encounters. With habitats varying from dense riverine forests to large open savannah woodland, the concentration and variety of wildlife is astonishing including elephant, lion, hyena, eland, buffalo, red lechwe, waterbuck, hartebeest, impala, puku and three Luangwa Valley sub-species: Thornicroft giraffe, Crawshey's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest.
Birding in the Luangwa is excellent with about 400 species recorded during the rainy season including Pel's fishing owls, African skimmers, African broadbills and over 40 raptors. And game viewing takes on a new meaning on your Zambia walking safari or as you boat your way through the lush abundance of an African Eden.
Our Most Popular South Luangwa Tours
7-day South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi Safari (Fly-in)
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Highlights: Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa
11-day Ultimate Zambia Safari (Fly-Drive Combo)
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Highlights: Kafue, Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa, Victoria Falls
8-day Zambia Highlights Safari (Fly-in)
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Highlights: Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa, Victoria Falls
Our Most Popular South Luangwa Accommodation
Luangwa River Camp
Four-posters, free-standing baths, massages and manicured gardens... Out! Kutandala Camp in the North Luangwa National Park is the original, pure, unadorned African bush safari experience.
Nkwali Camp is on a private game reserve on the edge of the Luangwa River and the South Luangwa National Park.
The circular chalets at Nsefu Camp create a wrap-around panorama of a bend in the Luangwa River in the remote and undeveloped Nsefu region of the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia.
Tena Tena Camp
Tena Tena is a remote and simple safari lodge in the South Luangwa National Park where the nature and wildlife experience rules supreme.
Situated inside the South Luangwa Park, Wildlife Camp is a charming and casual mish-mash of chalets, tented camp, campsite and a satellite Bush Camp for overnight walking safaris.
A satellite camp in the Wildlife Camp game management area, Bush Camp is an overnight walking safari camp in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. The accommodation is basic, the setting sublime, the experience unforgettable.
Flatdogs Camp is an delightfully unassuming safari lodge near the Mfuwe entrance to South Luangwa National Park - Zambia's flagship game reserve.
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