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South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National park is in eastern Zambia. It is one of the greatest sanctuaries of wildlife in the world.

The Thornicroft Giraffe is one of the nine subspecies and is endemic to the South Luangwa National Park making it the only place you can see this type of Giraffe. South Luangwa is also known for hosting 60 different animal species and over 400 of Zambia’s 732 bird species. Of these bird species, 47 are migrant species and 39 are birds of prey. Bird watchers find immense satisfaction in South Luangwa.

South Luangwa boasts a balanced ecosystem, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Wildlife here is untamed, wild, and free. Elephants find their way in lodge lobbies and you would not be surprised to wake up to one walking past your tent or chalet. The park is the ideal place to view Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, spotted hyena, Leopard, Hippos and zebra.

The forests of the valley have varied habitat types that support the abundant species of wildlife that dwell within the park. The vegetation in this game park stand out just as do the birds and animals. Wild vegetation photographers and enthusiasts will find South Luangwa more than enough for their work.

The National park is graced by Luangwa River that has formed quite a number of oxbow lake lagoons over the years.

South Luangwa is the second largest national park in the country; its borders cover approximately 9,050 km2. It is situated in the Luangwa Valley, which happens to be part of the East African Rift Valley. On the western side of the park is the Muchinga Escarpment, another sight worth seeing.

When to Visit

The park is open throughout the year, though some lodges close between November and May. There are plenty accommodation options in the area such as lodges, tented accommodation and camping including innovative mobile accommodation such as night out bed pitched on a tree or at a lagoon.

Getting There

By Road

Drive from Lusaka to Chipata and join the road to Mfuwe on tarred roads.


Scheduled flights available daily during the peak season June to October. The other period, check with your travel agent for schedules in use.