Whether you are an experienced safari-goer or on your first adventure to Africa, you will be blown away by the majesty of the South Luangwa National Park, which is fast becoming the place to go for the best game viewing in Southern Africa. Located in eastern Zambia, the park takes its name from the Luangwa River, which flows along the eastern boundary of the park. This majestic river provides year-round water to the game which resides here, as well as a spectacular riverfront location for many of the lodges.
The South Luangwa's development from the former playground of the big game hunters to one of Africa's leading conservation areas has been remarkable. Today, it offers consistent sightings of the iconic lion, elusive leopard and the beautiful but endangered African wild dog. A South Luangwa safari will also give you the chance to see herds of elephants, Crawshay’s zebra and Thornicroft’s giraffe, which can only be found in the south Luangwa Valley area.
As well as the 60 different species of mammal you are able to spot here, South Luangwa National Park is also thriving with birdlife, being home to over 400 species of bird. This includes the park’s colonies of southern carmine bee-eaters; colourful birds which gather in their hundreds on the Luangwa’s river banks.
The beauty of the South Luangwa lies, not only in the animals that you can see here but in the variety of ways that you can see them. It was the original region for walking safaris when former hunter Norman Carr wanted to take his visitors to see the animals in as natural a way as possible. As a result, the area now boasts Africa's best-trained guides for guided walks. This means you get up close to a huge variety of animals, making for a truly extraordinary experience.
You are always accompanied by both a guide and an armed scout; the guides fully dedicate themselves to your experience, while the scout keeps watch to make sure you stay safe. Game drives are naturally a big part of your time here and in season, you will be able to enjoy boat trips along the Luangwa River. This gives you a totally different perspective on the incredible wildlife you will encounter.
Another great draw of the South Luangwa is the variety of accommodation which is available. The area offers options to suit all visitors, but without being overcrowded with lodges. For those looking for true luxury, Chinzombo is an excellent choice and is complemented by some wonderful rustic bushcamps such as Luwi and Kakuli.
Families looking for privacy will be charmed by Robin's House and Luangwa Safari House, while Flatdogs is a great alternative for those looking to meet other families to share their safari adventures with.
However you wish to explore the South Luangwa, please get in touch and let us know. Here at Africa Travel, our helpful experts will recommend the perfect camp (or camps) for you to make the experience as perfect as possible. South Luangwa truly is one of the best safari experiences in Africa; we cannot recommend it highly enough.
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