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Leopard Lying On Branch South Luangwa Istock 508374402 By Jez Bennett
Leopard Lying On Branch South Luangwa Istock 508374402 By Jez Bennett
The park where the walking safari began

South Luangwa

The South Luangwa National Park is one of the finest walking safari locations in all of Africa. As it should be, perhaps, seeing as the concept was born in this very park. The South Luangwa National Park is one of the finest walking safari locations in all of Africa. As it should be, perhaps, seeing as the concept was born in this very park.
Why the South Luangwa?

Hippo trails crisscross through the grasslands between the Luangwa River and idle lagoons. Follow in their footsteps with an expert guide on a walking safari, taking in your surroundings whilst observing birds, elephants and antelope. The valley floods during the rainy season between December and March, but in the dry season the river becomes the hottest bar in town as animals visit to drink and bathe.

The 3,500 square-mile South Luangwa park provides plenty of space for a private safari experience. Lodges and camps here are small-scale and comfortable, situated in scenic groves or overlooking the river. Just don’t rush off to bed too quickly – night drives add context to what you’ll have seen during the day. If you’re a first-time visitor to Zambia, this is the perfect place to begin your journey.

  • Beautiful valley floodplain with a winding river.
  • Outstanding wildlife viewing.
  • Idyllic walking safaris.
  • Night-time game drives.
  • Birdwatching.
  • Best to visit during the dry season.
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