Expert Reviews – South Luangwa NP
Lucy is travel writer for a range of publications, including Lonely Planet's guides to Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa.
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The largest elephant herd I ever saw was in South Luangwa. After weeks of travel, I opted out of a morning wildlife drive and was sitting at our campsite, fretting over my potentially regrettable decision when I was alerted to a herd of elephants crossing the river. We watched as they made their way up the banks and leapt up a tree (thankfully there were ladders to assist) as the herd picked up speed and hurriedly made their way straight through our camp. The park is a haven for water babies, with ellies and hippos sighted in their droves in the rivers and water holes. Four of the big five can be spotted (there's no rhino) as well as the occasional wild dog, some smaller cats and myriad monkeys.