Overview – Lukusuzi NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

The park is located on the eastern escarpment of the Luangwa Valley, between North and South Luangwa national parks. There are no facilities in Lukusuzi. There is a game scout camp, with no management, and there is just one, very bad game-drive track. Nobody has done any research here, and not much is known about animal populations. There has been a lot of poaching, so numbers are presumably quite low.

 
Best Time to Go June to October (Little rain)
High Season Never (The park is never busy)
Size 2,854km² / 1,102mi²
Altitude 628-1,158m / 2,060-3,799ft

Pros & Cons

  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Not much wildlife
  • Only one game-drive track, which is possibly in bad condition
  • No accommodation or camp sites

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Wildlife

Not much is known about the wildlife in the park. There might be wild dog, and spotted hyena might be the main predator. The common antelope species from the Luangwa Valley should be represented in the park. These include puku, waterbuck and impala. Animals will probably be scarce and skittish.

Scenery

Lukusuzi is located a bit higher on the escarpment than the other parks in the valley. The main habitats consist of grassland, mopane trees and miombo woodland. Most of the park is peppered by rugged valleys and rocky ridges.

Weather & Climate

The weather and climate of Lukusuzi is comparable to that of Zambia in general. More info:
Weather & Climate – Zambia

Best Time to Visit

Lukusuzi is best visited in the Dry season, from June to October. The road is very bad and might be impassable during the Wet season.

Getting There

Getting to the park is a major expedition and should only be considered by visitors with a lot of bush-driving experience. It is recommended to drive in convoys of two, fully-equipped 4x4's. There are no signposts to the park and visitors should have a good map with GPS readings.

Health & Safety

Please read our vaccinations and malaria page for Zambia, and our general wildlife viewing safety precautions page for more info:

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Little-visited park in the much-visited Luangwa Valley
3/5

Though situated very close to Zambia’s famous and popular South Luangwa National Park, Lukusuzi is totally overlooked by most visitors. The park is a small, scrubby patch of mopane and miombo woodlands overlooked by rocky ridges....