South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s premier safari destination with a spectacular setting and an emphasis on walking safaris. The valley is famous for its exceptional guides and wonderful wildlife – leopard are prolific, wild dog numbers increasing as well as endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest – this is the African wilderness at its finest.
The South Luangwa National Park is the most popular of Zambia’s national parks and it’s not hard to work out why. Scenically beautiful, amazing game viewing and expert guiding – it quite simply has everything going for it. Whether this is your first safari or you consider yourself an old hand, the Valley – as locals affectionately refer to it – always has something new to offer. It is here that walking safaris were pioneered and whilst game drives are offered at most camps and lodges, it is an emphasis on getting out on foot that draws many to this wild gem. Unlike being in a vehicle you have the chance to appreciate the bush on a more microscopic scale, learning about the smallest features as well as occasional close encounters with larger game such as elephants.
The meandering Luangwa River plays a central role in the park’s ecosystem and makes for some exceptional sightings – bathing hippos, elephants coming to drink as well as larger predators such as leopard and lion trying their luck on unsuspecting prey drawn to the river, particularly during the dry season from June to November. South Luangwa has a reputation for excellent leopard sightings, and on the whole this is the case, elephants are also common and there are more unique species too, either due to low populations or being endemic such as puku, Crawshay’s zebra, Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft’s giraffe. The birding in the emerald season is incredible too.
Whilst South Luangwa has a range of accommodation on offer, it is probably best known for its bush camps. Varying from basic shelters that are all about their wonderful location to exclusive camps far away from it all, there is something for everyone. Our specialists will be able to guide you to the perfect South Luangwa walking safari, completely tailor-made to your interests and requirements.