South Luangwa National Park

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At about half the size of the Kafue, the South Luangwa National Park is found in the low-lying and productive Luangwa Valley. The park is sustained by the Luangwa River, an impressive watercourse that supports high densities of wildlife along its banks. The southern sector is more remote, pristine and secluded compared to other parts of Kafue. The South Luangwa is perhaps best known for pioneering walking safaris.

Over time the course of the Luangwa has carved a multitude of channels that, in winter, when the river is at its lowest flow, form lagoons and oxbow lakes that serve as magnets for game activity. The Luangwa is flanked by mopane woodland, scrub, savannah and low hills.

Wildlife is plentiful with in excess of sixty mammal species found; herds of elephant and buffalo frequently dominate access to water at the ox-bow lakes, whilst huge pods of hippo stake their claim in the only way they know how to. The plains game, puku, impala, waterbuck and kudu are prolific. Unique sub-species of wildebeest (Cookson’s) and giraffe (Thornicroft’s) occur only on the Luangwa Valley. Lion numbers are high, but leopard is perhaps the signature predator with densities the highest in Africa. Birdlife is truly incredible with over 400 bird species recorded including many that migrate to the valley in November.

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South Luangwa

Classic Zambia (Silver)

The Classic Zambia Safari is an eight night itinerary that visits two national parks with distinctly different characteristics […]

£4495 to £5975
$5506 to $7319
R76415 to R101575

Diverse Zambia (Silver Plus)

Diverse Zambia is an eight night safari itinerary highlighting featuring two iconic national parks, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi […]

£5295 to £6395
$6486 to $7834
R90015 to R108715

Premier Zambia (Gold)

A ten night, four location flying safari visiting three of the most iconic National Parks in Zambia […]

£7265 to £8475
$8900 to $10382
R123505 to R144075

The Parks of Zambia (Gold)

The Parks of Zambia safari is a nine night, three location flying safari visiting the three of the most diverse parks in Zambia […]

£6495 to £7495
$7956 to $9181
R110415 to R127415



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