​User Reviews – South Luangwa NP

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Kuleen Visited: April 2010 Reviewed: Oct 24, 2011

The review below is the personal opinion of Kuleen and not that of SafariBookings.
Guide was great and knowledgable, but we so zero lions or leopards.
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Don't get me wrong, the park, accomodations, and guides are all wonderful, however due to years of poaching, lions, and leopards are scarce. Also, smaller elephants have bred since the larger ones with tusks have been killed off. The elephants that my wife and I saw were without tusks. It was very unfortunate.

Please support South Luangwa National Park by going to visit, just be sure to keep an open mind and a heavy heart for these animals and this area.

Greg Sensei   –  
Canada CA
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Aug 3, 2018

Email Greg Sensei  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Wildlife immersion in its truest sense.
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We stayed at the Kaingo lodge (www.kaingo.com) for a few nights.

While it was expensive and hard to access, it was a safari in its purest sense. We saw lots of wildlife, including many lions and our first leopards on our time in southern Africa(including one eating an impala in a tree at night).

Accommodation was at it should be, but be careful to not leave your room at night as there are no barriers to the wildlife coming through camp. I actually had an elephant walk just outside my window and start munching on leaves on a tree!

Jean Rogers Visited: March 2014 Reviewed: Apr 30, 2015

A really wild and wonderful experience.
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We arrived in an overland truck and made it through the muddy road into Wildlife camp on the banks of the luangwa River. Wildlife camp truly lived up to it's name. There were hippos and crocodiles in the river in front of our comfortable hut and elephants, mongoose, monkeys, squirrel, and Impala roamed the grounds. I was pleased to view the abundant bird life around camp and on safari, even seeing a Giant Eagle Owl during spotlighting one night.
There had been some rain so the park was partly flooded, which made it harder for the safari guide to get us around, and the vegetation was thick so it was more difficult to spot animals, but we saw lions, giraffe, Impala, and such. Some of our group saw leopard. The safari guides didn't have radios to communicate sightings so we saw less than in other parks like the Mara where they share information freely between safari groups.
The lush green scenery around the park is beautiful. The pool is refreshing and though it didn't look a nice colour, no one got sick from swimming in it. The only negative was some of our party had money stolen out of their huts when away on safari.
I would definitely recommend this park for its wildlife experience and peaceful setting.

Lushine   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2010 Reviewed: Aug 9, 2012

35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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Very good game viewing, travel destination and amenities. There may be more scenic areas in Southern Africa, but South Luangwa is huge so everything is there - may just take a little more effort on the part of your guide to find everything.

Ricardo Coelho Visited: May 2010 Reviewed: Jun 17, 2012

Was the amazing place I've seen in my life!!!
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The South Luangwa National Park is a place that you can see few animals... an exuberant fauna and an excellent infrastructure.

inikep Visited: December 2011 Reviewed: May 10, 2012

Visit to South Luangwa National Park is a must if you want to experience real Zambia.
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South Luangwa National Park is definitely a very rewarding destination. You have the best chances of seeing leopard there. We've seen hunting leopard twice during amazing night drives. Chances of seeing other animals from BIG 5 are also very good (with the exception of rhino). But there is something for everyone: lovely hippos bathing in Luangwa River, lots of bird for birdlovers and fantastic food and accomodation for all budgets and tastes.

halvardcux   –  
Germany DE
Visited: November 2005 Reviewed: Nov 22, 2011

35-50 years of age

Have been there 05+06. + Nice park+wildlife,Accomodation. - rather busy park
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Wildlife,Accomodation and transportation very good. Unfortunately the park is rather busy with quite a lot of visitors that is why you don't really feel like in the wilderness. But it is not yet mass tourism.

bymy141   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: September 2009 Reviewed: Nov 4, 2011

Email bymy141  |  50-65 years of age

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Too many people to my taste.

africadunc   –  
Australia AU
Visited: July 2004 Reviewed: Jul 16, 2011

Email africadunc  |  35-50 years of age

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South Luangwa National Park was fantastic. The road there was in bad condition, but Flat Dogs camp was one of the best camsites ever, right on the river and beautifully maintained and run. Many animals crossed right into the camp and some days we just sat and watched without going into the park itself. We even saw leopard on the park side of the river from camp. Game drives into the park were great.

Philippe   –  
France FR
Visited: September 2022 Reviewed: Oct 20, 2022

Email Philippe  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

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Very interesting place with a lot of different ecosystems. Bird's and obviously the marvelous leopard. Plan a stay of at least 3 or 4 days because he is not always easy to see !

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