Discover North Luangwa National Park in Zambia

AboutNorth Luangwa National Park

This remote park, once almost forgotten and certainly heavily poached, now offers a superb wilderness experience. It is 4640 sq. km and has one main honey pot – the Mwaleshi River. The valley is not so wide here and the camps are near the escarpment.

The game in the area includes the rare Cookson’s wildebeest and the occasional eland. The lion along the Mwaleshi River are known for their confidence and walking safaris can get great views.

The North Luangwa remains remote, under- utilized and a true gem in Zambia’s collection of parks. It is simply unspoilt!

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The North Luangwa remains remote, under- utilized and a true gem in Zambia's collection of parks. It is simply unspoilt!
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North Luangwa National Park is a spectacular wilderness area in Zambia. You can only enter this remote park with an official guide, and self-drive safaris are not allowed. It lies in the Luangwa Valley which covers almost the entire eastern region of Zambia. The special wildlife and lush landscapes of North Luangwa make it a draw for tourists. The diverse ecosystems presented in this area include dense bushes, woodlands as well as open plains around Mwaleshi River – all within close proximity to one another.

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Mwaleshi Camp, North Luangwa
General information

The North Luangwa National Park was first founded as a game reserve in 1938 and became a national park in 1972. The park covers a total area of 4636 square kilometres and is located in the east of Zambia. The fanatical safari-goer may already be familiar with its counterpart, the South Luangwa National Park, but North Luangwa National Park is still unknown territory. This does not do North Luangwa National Park justice, as this park is certainly just as beautiful.
The park breathes the unique African atmosphere, because of its beautiful flora and fauna. In this park you will find the beautiful mopane woodlands, riverine forests, acacia thickets and open grasslands, as well as a wide variety of animals. In North Luangwa, you choose peace and desolation. Tourism is not yet a big thing here. Do bear in mind that the park can only be visited between June and October, as it is practically inaccessible during the rainy season.

Wildlife and safaris

Relatively little has been invested in the park. As a result, there are few safari routes in the park. These can be found mainly around the rivers, which is a good thing. After all, this is where most of the animals hide. In the morning, the game usually moves back into the park to take shelter from the heat.
In the park, you will mainly find large herds of buffalo making their way through the park. In addition, zebras, warthogs, wildebeests, and antelopes are inhabitants of North Luangwa National Park. Due to the large buffalo population, this area is also attractive for lions and hyenas. In addition, the black rhino was reintroduced to the park in 2003, so there is also a small chance of seeing them. Because the park is less visited, the wildlife is more shy.


A bird lover is in the right place in North Luangwa. More than 400 species can be found here. The fact that this area is predominantly accessible on foot makes it an excellent habitat for birds. In addition, the park is home to various bird species that are not found in South Luangwa, such as the starling and chestnut sparrowhawk. Moreover, you will find no less than 38 species of raptors in this park.

Rustic rooms at Mwaleshi Camp

On the backdrop of the Mwaleshi River, Mwaleshi Camp is an exceptional camp for those who want to experience a rustic and intimate camping trip in Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park. There is a chance that you’ll see some rhinos too.
The camp consists of 4 cosy, thatched chalets so there is no lack of privacy. Because the park has only a few roads, you will have to cover most of the distance on foot. So don’t forget to bring your walking shoes. The 40-minute flight from Mfuwe Airport will take you to this special and remarkable place. Mwaleshi Camp is a hidden gem in the vast wilderness.

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