South Luangwa

unrivalled wildlife, enchanting scenery and outstanding guides

An unrivalled density of wildlife, enchanting scenery and outstanding guides – it’s easy to see why South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s leading safari destination. Famed as the birthplace of the walking safari, there are few places better suited to experience this on-foot adventure.

Covering over 9,000 sq.km in Eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National park rests in a wide rift valley forming a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary.

Coursing a path through the park, the Luangwa River is the heart of a network of oxbow lagoons, streams and floodplains that attract huge concentrations of game. Hippos and crocodiles wade in the water, elephants and buffalo herd around the river to drink whilst lions and leopards eye their prey on the banks. Endemic species such as Thorneycroft giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay zebra also make an appearance. 

Wildlife viewing doesn’t stop there, with the fertile valley supporting over 400 different species of bird, including cranes, raptors and yellow-billed storks. Keen birders should consider visiting during the ‘emerald season’, when the valley is transformed by the rains into a lush green paradise and fills with colourful migratory species.

The park is considered the spiritual home of the African walking safari after it was pioneered here in the 1950s, and is still the main activity at many of the bush camps. Led by highly qualified guides who know the region inside out, exploring the bush on foot is a truly exhilarating experience that lets you take in the park’s smallest species as well as big game.

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  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013