North Luangwa National Park


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Spotted hyena, North Luangwa National Park
Spotted hyena, North Luangwa National Park
About North Luangwa National Park
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Parks total area:
4,636 km² (1,790 mi²)
Year established:
1972
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Excellent park for walking safaris
  • Plentiful animal populations
  • Rhinoceros reintroduction program
  • Approved, guided tours only
  • Best time to visit is June through October. Park is closed during rainy season

North Luangwa is a small national park in the northeast sector of Zambia. The 4,636 km² (1,790 mi²) park’s southeast boundary is the Luangwa River. The river is home to a successful rhino reintroduction program and can only be accessed with special permission from the Department of National Parks or with a safari operator. Because of these tight controls, animal populations are plentiful and North Luangwa is widely regarded as perhaps the most intimate and pristine parks in all of Africa. There are only three camps in the entire park, two along the Luangwa and one along the Mwaleshi River. The rare motor vehicle is dispatched only for backup on guided hiking safaris. In addition to the rhinos, adventurists can also witness buffaloes, baboons, elephants, impalas, leopards, lions, wildebeests and zebras. Most bird species in southern Africa can be spotted in the North Luangwa National Park.

When is the best time of year to visit North Luangwa National Park?

Park operations are open between June and October, Zambia’s dry season. Access to the park is nearly impossible during the rainy season. As part of registering with a safari operator, the four-hour ride from Mfuwe International Airport should be arranged. 

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jul 18, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
I visited North Luangwa after I was in South. To be honest, I much preferred the south. It is good to do a walking safari, but I liked the landscapes and viewing opps of the south. read more

I saw

Lion
Elephant
African buffalo
Baboon
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(3/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
Largely over shadowed by its more famous sister park (SLNP), North Luangwa National park was opened to the public in the 1980's. The remoteness and infrastructure here is not enough to cater for independent travellers, hence for one to enter the park, permission is sought from the national park or access with one of the few safari operators' granted permission to ... read more
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
Rhinoceros reintroduction program, specialized access, pristine conditions
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