North and South Luangwa

Why you should visit North and South Luangwa National Park

  • Experience true African wilderness
  • Spend time game driving in the park to see large herds of wildlife
  • Experience the thrill of approaching game on foot on a walking safari
  • Choose between the remote northern and more accessible southern Luangwa
  • A variety of camps offer a chance to go back to basics or to indulge in luxury

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Take a walking safari in the wilderness with a knowledgeable and dependable guide. Sleep in a bush camp with just paraffin lamps for your light and the stars above the fire. Soak up the feeling of the heat of the sun, the water and mud of the Luangwa River between your toes and the peaceful silence, knowing you are one of a few tourists. This region also offers you the chance to view the endemic Thornicroft’s Giraffe. Various specialist safaris are available in the North and South Luangwa National Park, contact our specialist to find out more.

A little more about North and South Luangwa National Park

If you are after a remote and true African safari holiday then the North and South Luangwa national park is the place to find it. The region offers a great diversity of wildlife and some of the most authentic safari bush camps and guides in Africa.

Marking the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, South Luangwa is the richest park in Zambia and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa for scenery and variety of animals. Its 3,500 sq miles is unsurpassed and the Luangwa River, which meanders gently through it, enhances it even further. A combination of ox bow lakes, forest and plains are host to huge concentrations of game (on excess of 60 different species), whiles providing shelter to over 400 species of birds.

A large number of the lodges are situated on ox bow lakes of the old river course. There is now a wider variety of camps on offer in the Luangwa and you can choose from the more accessible camps near Mfuwe or the more remote wilderness and bush camps further into the park. Many of the camps toast your breakfast bread on the fire in the morning and it is often the case that your camp will not be served by mains electricity. There are stories by the fireside after dinner and you shouldn’t be surprised if a lion calls close to camp at night. If you like to be in the bush, to smell the dew on the grass in the morning and you aren’t adverse to insects or dust, the Luangwa is for you.

The North Luangwa is most difficult to access with a walking safari as your main option. Further in the wilderness areas of the park you will be able experience walking safaris from one camp to another as part of set departure safaris led by experts in the field of guiding with many years of experience under their belts. Exclusive occupancy of wonderful private bush houses for larger groups and community visits and homestays are also possible in this region.

The South Luangwa is well positioned to enable a bush and beach safari option combining the Safari in Zambia with a beach option in Malawi or Mozambique.

When to go

Seasonal changes are very pronounced in the South and North Luangwa National parks. The emerald or green season begins in November and lasts until April when the park turns into an emerald forest with an abundance of birdlife and young wildlife. During the season many of the camps in the park are inaccessible due to the rain, but a few of the camps stay open near to Mfuwe.

The Dry season begins in April and stretches through until October when the days are very hot and the nights are cold. August is perhaps the best time to visit when you can easily see into the bush and the animals congregate near permanent water.

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