South Luangwa NP

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About South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's flagship park. Four of the Big Five are present and easily seen, only rhino is absent. Aside from game drives, there are excellent walking safaris and night drives conducted by some of the best guides on the continent. This park appeals to both the novice safari-goer and the repeat visitor. There is plenty of larger wildlife around to satisfy everybody, as well as birds and smaller creatures of the bush.

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9050km² / 3494mi²
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468-1740m / 1535-5709ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present
  • Some of the best guides in Africa work in South Luangwa
  • Great night drives and walking safaris
  • Lots of choice for upmarket lodging, with a few budget options
  • It gets very hazy in the Dry season
  • All budget accommodation is outside the park


Wildlife viewing in South Luangwa is superb, with excellent animal densities. Big herds of elephant and buffalo are almost guaranteed, and sightings of lion and leopard are common. There are lots of antelope around, and most interesting are the three unique subspecies that inhabit the park: Thornicroft's giraffe, Crawshay's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest.
More about South Luangwa's wildlife


South Luangwa is a beautiful park, one of the loveliest in southern Africa. Locally known as 'the valley', it is the southern extension of Africa's Great Rift and is dominated by the Luangwa River. Mopane and miombo woodland, acacia shrub, grassland savannah and riverine forest are some of the habitats that make up this lush valley.

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By Tris Enticknap  from United KingdomGB

This was our first trip to South Luangwa, indeed our first to Zambia having usually visited Tanzania. We stayed at the Shenton camps - Kaingo and Mwamba and they were absolutely perfect. Small and very friendly with wonderful food, great accommodat... Full review

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