Luangwa Valley is the birthplace of the African walking safari and offers possibly the most authentic bush camp experience in Africa.
The rustic camps have retained that old world charm from the pioneering days, and most offer year- round experiences, with additional seasonal fly camps deep within the park, where the emphasis is on walking safaris.
The seasonal fly camps are packed up each year in November when the rain arrives, and reconstructed from local material when the floodwaters subside and access is again possible (usually in May).
South Luangwa National Park has a very high concentration of leopards, hippos and crocodiles, as well as high populations of elephants and buffaloes. Lions and wild dogs are often seen, as are Thornicroft giraffe and many species of antelope. The area plays host to about 400 bird species.
North Luangwa National Park is a lengthy but rewarding game drive or a short flight from South Luangwa. The area is extremely remote with few roads and restricted public access.
There are only a few small camps that are operational during the dry winter season for safaris.
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Trip report by guide – 2 Africa Geographic clients – (amazing photos): Capturing South Luangwa
Guide trip report on an Africa Geographic safari: My Luangwa Photo Safari
Travel diary: On foot in North Luangwa
Travel diary: Super Natural South Luangwa
Photo Gallery: The Painted Wolves of Zambia
Conservation story: The 9 Lives of Luangwa’s Lions
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
5 days (starting Mondays)
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