Discover South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

AboutSouth Luangwa National Park

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia’s crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.

The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

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Majestic Baobab in South Luangwa National Park
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The South Luangwa National Park region

South Luangwa National Park
Many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries"; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more.
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The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was established in 1972, and spans over 9,000 square kilometers of land. The Luangwa River flows through the Park, creating an oasis that attracts many animals to this beautiful place. There are various accommodation offerings that range from traditional tented feel, conventional brick and mortar and rustic to more upmarket. Nature walks are available at different locations throughout the park where you can learn about wildlife or enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild! South Luangwa National Park has it all – breathtaking scenery, amazing diversity of wildlife and bird species, variety of accommodations options and a wonderful climate all year-round… it’s no wonder people have been visiting since 1972.

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Walking Safaris

The iconic ‘walking safari’ was first conducted in this remote park when the renowned conservationist Norman Carr began operating wilderness tours over 65 years ago. He established the first safari camp open to the public with emphasis on its environmentally friendly approach – making sure guests are able to see all there is while never damaging or impacting any part of nature they may pass through on their journey.

Safaris & Wildlife

The famous South Luangwa National Park is one of the best-known parks in Africa for walking safaris. This 9000 km2 protected area supports large populations and herds, such as giraffes grazing alongside elephants or buffaloes relaxing under the trees by the riverbanks.

The Luangwa Valley contains a variety of animals, including some that are near-endemic or endemic only to this region. The valley provides an important natural barrier for wildlife due to its no ‘off road driving’ policy and has thus helped conserve these species from human interference. It is home to an array of wildlife, including many large and unique-looking species. The three endemic sub-species of the Luangwa are Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra. South Luangwa is also known as the ‘Valley of the Leopard’ due to its high leopard density. Other popular animals include lion, wild dog and eland or Cape buffalo.


The birdlife in South Luangwa can also be phenomenal. The diversity of bird species is immense, with over 450 different types! You may find southern carmine bee-eaters nesting on the banks of the river during your visit. This bee-eater has a brilliant colour that makes it easy to recognize. Most of its body is carmine, but the crown and the undertail are blue for an elegant look. Their eggs hatch around August/September. You won’t miss these guys if they are anywhere near water.

Camps, Lodges & Houses

We offer six very different camps and lodges, including Tena Tena, with its magnificent tented feel and the exclusive Luangwa Safari House for those who want an authentic African experience while staying in private homes or cottages on your own land. But don’t forget to have a look at our other beautiful accommodations. We hope you find what’s right for your stay.


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