North Luangwa refers to the northern section of the Luangwa Valley and is markedly more remote and wilder than its southern neighbour. You can easily spend several days here without encountering another soul, due to the fact that you mainly explore the park on foot. Wildlife sightings hold their own compared to South Luangwa with the added drawcard of black rhinos being re-introduced.
North Luangwa offers an untouched wilderness experience in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley and escapes the comparative popularity and development of the South Luangwa. Wild and remote, this is prime territory for walking safaris with few roads and is visited by relatively few people. Those who do venture this far are adventurous of spirit and seeking up close and personal wildlife encounters.
Whilst the ecosystem in the North Luangwa is very similar to the South Luangwa, the topography differs with a large proportion of the park dominated by the Muchinga Escarpment. This gives rise to an even more wild and rugged landscape as well as some species that are more at home here than in the south including eland and the endemic Cookson’s wildebeest; there are also healthy populations of lion with some great river sightings during the height of the dry season.
North Luangwa works best in combination with the South Luangwa with an easy flight between the two. Staying between three and five nights will allow you an off-the-beaten-track wilderness experience and the time to access the most inaccessible areas on foot.