SOUTH LUANGWA, ZAMBIA
Very few places in Africa can offer the unique combination of South Luangwa National Park's open, grassy plains and mature, mesmerizing woodlands, crowned with the pristine, impressive Luangwa River. This area's reputation for abundant wildlife and unspoiled vegetation is well earned, so whether driving around or walking through, the intense beauty calls to you from every corner.
High density of wildlife
Renowned for Leopards
Largest hippo and crocodile
population on the continent
May - August: Cool and Dry
September - November: Hot and Dry
December - April: Warm and Wet
WHAT WE INCLUDE:
Full board accommodation in South Luangwa
Photographic tuition and guidance throughout
All conservation fees and park levies
From 2023 onwards:
All transfers and domestic flights in Zambia
Overnight accommodation in Lusaka
GENERAL PRICE RANGE:
$7,000 - $10,000 per person
(depending on accommodation, duration and season)
MORE ABOUT SOUTH LUANGWA
Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 km2 Park.
The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this Park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness first-hand. 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 and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly missing from this region. With about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds appearing in the Park, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species, there is plenty for the birdwatcher to spot, whatever the season.
An interest in the vegetation of Zambia will enhance your experience of the bush. Some magnificent trees and plants grow in the Luangwa Valley and it certainly adds to the richness of one’s experience to be able to recognize the different tree species and to discover exotic wildflowers. Among the more common trees in the valley are the mopane, leadwood, winterthorn, the tall vegetable ivory palm, the marula and the magnificent tamarind tree. There are some magnificent baobab specimens and a few large ebony forests to admire.
The best time for watching wildlife in South Luangwa National Park is during the dry season, which takes place from July to October. The Luangwa River becomes a gathering place for animals during the dry season, as they emerge from the high-temperature bush areas in search of the refreshment of the river’s clean water. The park is renowned for its high leopard population and these elusive cats are commonly seen on night drives. The park is also home to large elephant herds and there are a great number of hippo and crocodile in the river. Lions are commonly seen and it is the only place in the world where they are known to kill hippos.
Take a look through the gallery below at some wildlife photography taken in South Luangwa, or if you want to see for yourself - get in touch and start working with us to plan your next trip!