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A flourishing wilderness rich with game...perfect for a safari!
South Luangwa National Park
The Luangwa Valley of Zambia is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest wildlife locations of the World and at the end of the Great Rift Valley, is The South Luangwa National Park. The park is a superb safari destination with its amazing concentration of game around the Luangwa River with its richly inhabited oxbow lagoons.
The Luangwa Valley enjoys very distinct seasons of wet and dry. The dry season begins in April increasing in temperature to the hottest month of October when the game is at its most dense around the watering holes. Then, to the relief of the wildlife and parched landscape, the wet season arrives in November and continues through to the end of March. Clouds of migrant birds return in their thousands and the valley becomes lush and green once more. It is these dramatic climate changes that produce such landscape riches from dry, bare land to sumptuous green lushness.
The Luangwa River is undoubtedly the main artery of the park bearing responsibility for the huge numbers of animals, prolific birdlife and even the vegetation. Game drives along the river bank are never disappointing as you can watch the interaction between the wildlife users of the river as they jostle for space - elephants cooling off in the shallows watched at a distance by other giants – half submerged hippo and crocodiles motionless on the river bank absorbing the heat of the day into their bodies.
Throughout the South Luangwa National Park there is an amazing spread of wildlife with some 60 different species of animal species including those unique to the area such as Thornicroft’s Giraffe, together with over 400 bird species. Great herds of elephant trudge along ancient paths of the plains and the gregarious impala can be seen in all areas of the park whilst the other species such as the duker and the eland prefer to remain in specific areas. The valley enjoys abundant buffalo herds, chattering baboons, zebras and naturally with such prolific game the park also has excellent numbers of carnivores. The one large animal missing in this tapestry of wildlife is the rhino which, tragically, has been poached to complete extinction.
As the river and oxbow lagoons begin to shrink at the end of the dry season hundreds of wading birds paddle in the shallows whilst splendid flocks of colourful bee-eaters, swifts, swallows, fish eagles, black headed herons and marabou storks colonise the banks.
Being almost a well kept secret, the South Luangwa National Park currently benefits from low impact tourism and delivers a fantastic safari experience which includes an activity that is a speciality of the region – the walking safari.
This low impact tourism includes safari accommodation in small, intimate camps or private house situated close to the river or at one of the lagoons. The attractive, well appointed tented rooms have en-suite facilities, comfortable beds, and superb views of the teeming populations of the river. The camps we offer our discerning safari travellers are known for their warm hospitality, excellent local knowledge and expert guiding.
A safari in the South Luangwa National Park will create memories you will cherish for ever.