Wildlife & Animals – South Luangwa 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 wildlife viewing in South Luangwa is fantastic. You’ll likely see plenty of animals here including four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant, only rhino is missing). The herds of buffalo can be hundreds strong. And when you’re on a night drive, you might see leopard, spotted hyena, genet, bushbaby and maybe even porcupine.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloAbundant
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardCommon
HyenaCommon
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The Luangwa Valley has a few animals that don’t live anywhere else. You can tell a Thornicroft giraffe from other giraffes by the unusual pattern on its coat. Same with the Crawshay's zebra with their distinctive stripes. If you’re lucky, you could also see the endemic Cookson's wildebeest.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time is the middle of the Dry season until the end of it: July to November. During these months you will see lots of wildlife because the bush in the park isn’t as dense and the animals have gathered around waterholes and rivers.

Wildlife Rating

Wildlife Rating Per Major Park

Wildlife Photos

Want to Visit South Luangwa NP?

Wildlife Rating

Wildlife Photos

View Photos (24)