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 on the continent. The park takes its name from the Luangwa River which flows along the eastern boundary of the park, providing year-round water to the game and 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 and it offers consistent sightings of the iconic lion, elusive leopard and the beautiful but endangered African wild dog.
The beauty of the South Luangwa lies, not only in the animals that you can see but in the variety of ways that you can see these animals. It was the pioneering region for walking safaris when former hunter Norman Carr (who created the group of lodges of the same name) wanted to take his visitors to see the animals in as natural a way as possible. The consequence of this is the area now boasts Africa's best-trained guides for taking you on guided walks, meaning you get up close to a huge variety of animals which makes for a truly extraordinary experience. You are always accompanied by both a guide and an armed scout, meaning the guide can fully dedicate themselves to your experience, whilst the scout keeps watch and keeps you 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 getting a totally different perspective on the animals that you see.
Another great draw of the South Luangwa is the variety of accommodation that it offers, with options to suit all visitors, but without being overcrowded with lodges. For those looking for true luxury, Chinzombo is a wonderful option 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, whilst Flatdogs is a great option for those looking to meet other families and share their safari adventures.
However, you wish to explore the South Luangwa please let us know and we will recommend the perfect camp (or camps) for you to make the experience as perfect as possible. It truly is one of the best safari experiences in Africa and one that we cannot recommend highly enough.
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