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 a guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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.

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

Wildlife Highlights

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.

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