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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Zambia

About Destination

South Luangwa is Zambia’s leading national park located in the Eastern part of the country. Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to people and a remarkable abundance of animals. It was David Livingstone who first recognized the extraordinary allure and unique nature of the South Luangwa Valley. Crossing the Luangwa River in 1866. It was in 1938 that the area was declared a game reserve, and then awarded national park status in 1971. In 1961 Norman Car put the Luangwa on the map as a safari destination leading the first walking safari in reserve.

Over 60 different species of mammal call South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse variety of habitats like the sandy seasonal river flowing to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that reach out to distant blue hills. Predators like lions, leopards and wild dogs stalk the smaller prey, while primates like yellow baboons and vervet monkeys sway through the trees. Down on the river, vast densities of elephant, hippo, and crocodile enjoy the calm waters.

South Luangwa National Park is about 9050 sq. km big has a river, its tributaries and the riverine layers being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from substantial oxbow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland, and thickets, that imposing a host number of animals. The birdlife is similarly excellent with around 450 species to be seen.

The Luangwa River prevails one of the last untouched significant river systems in the world. Every year the river drops to almost knee level, and the Emerald Season it rises to the height of the banks. The river rises to 4 meters deep and usually averages 400 meters wide and at peak 47 million gallons per hour. Boating safaris during the high-water months of January to March are a unique experience!! The Luangwa Valley with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and streaming channels give you a view of the Valley which is usually inaccessible during this season. The Luangwa River is a significant river in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been dammed for hydropower. This vast river still annually arises, flooding into lagoons and channels, changing the course that results in new pools creating a rich floodplain river system.  Accessing the heart of the park, at peak flood time from January to March is quite an adventure and activities will consist of walking, driving, and boating. Most of the animals in this area remains at the park all year, and so the game viewing is always excellent and reliable though it is more of a birder paradise during the time of the year.

Featured Tours

8 Day Safari in South Luangwa Photographic Safari
Join a small group of photographers (max 5) on game drives in the famous South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. South Luangwa is one of the best locations in Africa for wildlife with over 60 species of mammals.

8 days

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8 Day Walking Safari, Cultural Experience & Canoe Safari
This itinerary combines the South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi, You explore the wildlife safari , engage in a rich cultural experience at Kawaza Village and experiences the world-class water-based activities on the Zambezi Valley.

8 days

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13 Day Luangwa Valley Frontier Safari
A 13 days safari through Luambe, North Luangwa, and South Luangwa . Discover new and intriguing regions in these parks on a thirteen-day safari across the Luangwa Valley!

13 days

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5 Day Explore South Luangwa Unique Safari
This itinerary offers clients with a one-of-a-kind experience of discovering South Luangwa by staying close to nature for two nights of bush camping, followed by wildlife drives and a lodge stay for the final two nights to enjoy all the comforts.

5 days

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5 Day Exploring Luangwa’s Unspoilt Wilderness on Walking Safari
Not all safari experiences are created equal, if you are looking for an expertly guided walking safari; an absorbing mix of tracking, stalking & observing Africa’s wildlife on foot – this is for you.

5 days

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7 Day Safari in South Luangwa & Victoria Falls Safari, Zambia
South Luangwa National Park and Victoria Falls, Zambia are two of Zambia's safari and tour attractions on this 7-day safari. Explore and take part in wildlife and adventure activities.

7 days

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7 days South & North Luangwa National Park Safari
This itinerary is ideal for clients looking for a full Luangwa valley safari since it includes top-notch wildlife regions in both the south and north Luangwa national parks. In South Luangwa National Park.

7 days

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9 Day Discover Zambia’s Luangwa Safari
Join us on a thrilling and exhilarating 9 days Zambian safari to see some of the best wildlife and breathtaking African scenery the Luangwa Valley has to offer.

9 days

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9 Day Ultimate Luangwa Safari Experience
This 9-day ultimate Luangwa safari tour offers the most comprehensive South Luangwa safari experience, combining Lion Camp’s luxury & high-density wildlife viewing, and Surefoot Safari’s big game on foot with Deb Tittle, one of Zambia's great guides.

9 days

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7 Days Zambia’s Premier Wildlife Safari, South Luangwa National Park
For most guests, South Luangwa National Park is by far the most effective park to visit in the valley. This is Zambia’s premier wildlife park, with magnificent wildlife and many great cabins.

7 days

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8 Day Extraordinary Shoebill Safari in Zambia
This is an exceptional safari combining South Luangwa National Park, Kasanka National Park and Bangweulu Swamps. One of our top safari guides will lead this trip to ensure an enhanced experience throughout.

8 days

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8 Day Best of Zambia & Botswana Safaris
This itinerary allows clients to enjoy the finest of Southern African safaris from in the famous South Luangwa National Park, a high concentration of animals in Chobe National Park, and a visit to the great Victoria Falls in Livingstone.

8 days

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8 Day River Journeys South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
This safari takes you to South Luangwa, one of Zambia's most famous parks. The Luangwa Valley, at the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of Africa's few pristine wilderness areas and perhaps the most stunning wildlife sanctuary.

8 days

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8 Day Mobile Walking Safari South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
This Safari starts with a night in Nkwali, then the group drives to the north of the park and walks for five days along the Mupamadzi River, covering around 10 kilometers per day. This river is a major tributary of the Luangwa River.

8 days

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10 Day Experience the Essence of Africa in Zambia
This African safari holiday starts with two nights in a stylish lodge, then spends six nights in two distinct bush camps on the Luangwa River within South Luangwa National Park, before returning to the private lodge for one more night.

10 days

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10 Day South Luangwa, Victoria Falls & Lake Kariba Safari
This itinerary gives clients the full Zambia Safari and Tour experience with the start of the Safari Holiday in South Luangwa then Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba .

10 days

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10 Day The Original Remote Luangwa Safari
Experience amazing Safaris in a wildlife haven and a destination that every true wilderness lover should experience. The iconic North and South Luangwa National Parks and the re-birthed gem of Luambe National Park.

10 days

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10 Day Unforgettable Zambia Safari Experience
This itinerary takes you to some of Zambia's and Africa's most iconic places. You'll begin your journey in Lusaka before travelling to South Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls one of the world's seven natural wonders.

10 days

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10 Day Zambia's Hidden Gem Safari
This 10-day safari trip takes you to Zambia's Great Parks, Kafue National Park and the Amazing Busanga Plains, and South Luangwa National Park.

10 days

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11 Days Zambia Safari & Malawi Beach
From South Luangwa National Park, in Zambia, to the perfect tranquillity of Liwonde National Park and finally ending on the natural shores of Lake Malawi.

11 days

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13 Day Wildlife Safari & Likumbi Lya Mize Festival
The Likumbi Lya Mize of the Luvale people is a cultural experience in the centre of Zambian traditional masquerade. This trip is mainly lodging in National Park and Cities .To make the most of your trip, you will be accompanied by a local guides.

13 days

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13 Day Safari in Zambia’s Animal Kingdom
This itinerary is best for clients who are interested in the abundance of wildlife as it features Zambia’s top prime wildlife area the Kafue National Park which is one of the oldest parks in Africa with a visit to the vast Busanga Plains.

13 days

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13 Days Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Tour
This is a superb and complete tour that allows you to see the best of Africa's best attractions in two neighbouring nations, Zambia and Malawi.

13 days

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12 Day Classic Zambia’s Private Photographic Safari
Explore Zambia’s premier safari destinations through game drives, walking safaris and river activities. This luxury itinerary combines two of the country’s premier safari destinations, Lower Zambezi National Park, and South Luangwa National Park .

12 days

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15 Day Lower Zambezi Canoeing & South Luangwa Safari
This 15-day safari & tour features a spectacular canoe safari on the Lower Zambezi River and a world-class wildlife safari in South Luangwa National Park, which is renowned for its high leopard population and Walking Safari.

15 days

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15 Day Malawi and Zambia Adventure Safari Tour
This two-week itinerary does not only makes travelling to Malawi and Zambia easy during these uncertain times (no standing in COVID-19 testing queues during your holiday) but is also of outstanding value for a limited time only!

15 days

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15 Days Best of Photographic Safari in Zambia
Explore Zambia’s premier safari destinations on game drives, Canoeing, Boat Cruise, and walking safaris activities. This luxury itinerary combines three of the country’s best safari destinations, Lower Zambezi , Kafue and South Luangwa National Park.

15 days

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