The famous South Luangwa National Park is considered to be one of the few remaining natural wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Also known as the ‘Valley of Leopard’, South Luangwa hosts some of the highest concentrations of animals in all of Africa. The Luangwa river basin spans a total of 9059 km2 and serves as the cornerstone of the region, supporting the life of the many birds and animal varieties in the region. The Luangwa River is integral to the park as it meanders across the landscape attracting a variety of wildlife towards the river to quench their thirst.
South Luangwa offers a variety of excellent guiding and accommodation that ranges from luxury and bush camps, as well as the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness nightlife by sleeping out under the stars. From morning game drives and night expeditions to the famous walking safaris, which originated here, this vast landscape offers boundless insight into the African wilderness. The large variety of antelope species, buffalo, crocodiles, elephant, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, zebra, and a broad spectrum of birdlife all make South Luangwa their habitat.
July and August are the most popular months of the dry season to visit the park, which runs from April to October. As the seasons move toward the summer months, Luangwa transforms into beautiful colors when the rains begin to fall and the vegetation awakens from its winter slumber. Expect to see some magnificent flora as well, with species such and mopane, leadwood, winter thorn, ivory palm, marula, tamarind, and a rich display of wildflowers.