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 with 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.
Some of the Things to do:
Birding Safaris – There is a vast array of birds in the park. A birding safari is usually accompanied by an ornithologist or an expert birding guide. Bird lovers appreciate the time to listen to bird song, twitters, and calls, while still enjoying the opportunity of seeing large game.
River Boat Safaris – The South Luangwa River offers a spectacle of wildlife to view safely from the comfort of your boat. The Luangwa River is best navigated in the rainy season when it is fuller. The scenery is lush and verdant and hippos and crocodiles are everywhere, elephants will be common too but most of the other animals will not need to come to the river in the wet season so the focus will be on the experience itself more than game viewing but most operators combine boating and walks.
Bush-Spa – In the heart of the South Luangwa National Park is a bush–spa, sure to bring tranquillity and rejuvenation. The therapists use treatments based on traditional therapeutic ingredients as well as traditions like using coffee to exfoliate before a deep cleanse with Marula and then moisturizing with Sausage Tree or Baobab Masks. Relax in the Jacuzzi or enjoy a reflexology massage all set in the picturesque African bush.
Kawaza Village – just outside of the Park is Kawaza village, home to the Kunda tribe. Here you will be able to experience the culture of the local people as well as the opportunity to stay in a simple African thatched hut. The village was the winner of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers’ Silver Otter Award for the “Best Overseas Tourism Project.”
Tribal Textiles - boasts a large, colourful retail outlet and workshop, located on the road between Mfuwe Airport and the National Park. It’s the perfect place to pick up a special souvenir of time spent in the South Luangwa or shop for gifts for all the family.
Game Drives – many of the lodges offer morning and afternoon game drives. Morning drives usually start before sunrise, allowing you to take in the best of the morning game-viewing. The afternoon drives often continue after dark to try and spot some of the Park’s night-time inhabitants.
Night Drives – this is an opportunity to enjoy the nocturnal creatures of the Park long after the sun has set.
Walking Trips – you will have the opportunity to enjoy the African bush on foot, usually for a few hours at a time. A guide will accompany you and make sure of your safety during your excursion.
Local Village Visits – if you are interested in the culture and heritage of the land, a visit to one of the local villages will definitely give you more insight.
Photographic Safaris – there is no better way to get your best wildlife shots than out on a photographic safari.