The North Luangwa National Park is a secluded expanse of land in the northernmost part of three parks in the valley of the River Luangwa. North Luangwa is regarded to be one of the last surviving wilderness in Africa, covering 4636 square kilometers. Secluded from the public, with no permanent cottages there. Access is with one of the safari operators approved to conduct walking safaris Remote Africa and Shiwa Safaris.
A visit through the park
The attraction of visiting this park is the remarkable chance to explore Africa just as it was. You are merely an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. The North Luangwa National Park was established as a game reserve in 1938, and it became a national park in 1972.
There are very roads, and you are likely not to see anyone during your trip. Like the South Park, it rests on the western bank of the Luangwa River adjoined on the other side by the Muchinga Escarpment spreading over 1000 meters from the valley floor. Its faint outline can be seen from the Luangwa River.
Many tributary rivers are running through the park and into the Luangwa River which plays an essential ecological function in the area. The Mwaleshi River flows down the Escarpment in a range of tiny waterfalls. It decreases in the dry season, leaving various pools along the way, attracting the game from the bush to its banks in looking for water. No game drives are allowed in the Mwaleshi area; access is only through walking safaris. The vegetation extends from mopane woodland to riverine forest, open grasslands, and acacia thicket. Trees include the beautiful vegetable ivory palms, red mahogany, sausage tree, and leadwood.
The Park is famous for its big herds of buffalo, a spectacular sight if they’re seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them. Tremendous pride of lion also inhabit the area. Other common mammals are Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puk, hyena, and impala. Elephant and Leopard are also viewed, but not as often as in the South Park. You are more inclined to see hartebeest, reedbuck, and land here.
All birds in the South have been documented here as well. Seen typically are the crowned cranes, giant eagle owl purple crested lorries, broad billed roller, Lilian’s lovebird, the carmine bee-eater and Pel’s fishing owl. Hardly seen are the bat hawk, black coucal, and osprey. In 2003, re-introduced heavily guarded are black rhinoceroses which rarely seen.
It is the experience that brings a dash of adrenaline linked with occupying downwind of an elephant and catching its unmistakable scent that makes walking safaris unforgettable.
Mwaleshi Camp, found in the enormous wilderness of North Luangwa National Park, is a 45-minute flight from Mfuwe Airport. Secluded within a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River 10km upstream of the junction with the Luangwa River, the camp is an extraordinary and extraordinary place. There are fewer roads in this remote range, and the most of the activities done on foot, following actual animal trails. Exploring the surrounding bush as guests experience the varieties in of the region.
Hikers enjoy the freedom of Africa’s beauty on foot, led by an experienced guide with an armed National Park scout. Due to a vehicle which drops off and collects guests’ attractions more afield can be traveled, such as the Mwaleshi Falls which is found upstream of the camp.
With four thatched chalets reconstructed annually out of natural elements, en-suite bathrooms and uninterrupted views of the spectacular Mwaleshi River, the camp offers you a genuine feeling of solitude and seclusion. Life in the field is comfortable yet refreshingly simple. Mwaleshi Camp, seasonally operated. It is in business from the 15th of June to the 31st of October annually.
Making the most of the Absolute Africa Safaris walking safari adventure, recommended that guests spend four to five nights at Mwaleshi Camp. Over and above the high camps, which provide starry night visitors from the comfort of each chalet, Absolute Africa Safaris offers a host of unusual activities varying from the active: walking safaris and cycling, to the less physical and cultural: photographic and day and night game drives safaris. Together with providing a Visitors’ experience, providing a unique immersion in the safari experience.
- Day & Night Drives
- Walking Safaris
- Mountain Bike Safari
- Cultural Visits
The Camp Established in 1980, the buffalo was the first allowed to operate in North Luangwa National Park, all thanks to anti-poaching efforts of its founder John Harvey. Today it still offers a unique experience of African wildlife, thanks to the vast knowledge of its owner Mark Harvey and his experienced staff. The camp is built almost from scratch every year – 7 Chalets, Kitchen, bar and dining area rise from nearly nothing within four weeks.
Guest is accommodated in ensuite chalets with hot and cold running water. Most of them consist of a double and single bed, but additional ones can be provided for family accommodation. The chalets are open fronted with a panoramic view of the river but are designed to prevent unwanted visits from curious animals. There are two types of accommodation available. Full board included all meals and activities whereas self-catering does not cover activities which have to be arranged separately.
Bar & Restaurant:
The cash bar at Buffalo camp offers all essential while in the bush beverage such as ice-cold beer, coke and of course gin & tonic for those spectacular sunsets. The restaurant serves meals throughout the day to full board guest.
- Walking Safaris
- Game drives