Wildlife & Animals – South Luangwa NP
South Luangwa offers fantastic wildlife viewing. Four of the Big Five are present and easily seen. This is in fact one of the best parks in Africa to see leopard – these usually shy cats are often spotted on the night drives. Elephant are abundant and huge herds of buffalo, sometimes counting hundreds, are often seen. Lion and spotted hyena are easily found as well, and the park is excellent for nocturnal creatures, including genet, bushbaby and porcupine.
There are a few specials here unique to the Luangwa Valley. Most noticeable is the Thornicroft giraffe, distinguished from other giraffes by its intrinsic patterns. The Crawshay's zebra, with an unusual stripe pattern is common as well, but the rare Cookson's wildebeest, more common in North Luangwa, is not easily spotted.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The middle until the end of the Dry season, from July to November, is the best time for wildlife viewing in South Luangwa. Animals gather around the rivers, and the vegetation is thinner, giving visitors a better chance of spotting wildlife.