South Luangwa National Park


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Written on: May 14, 2015   |   I visited in April 2015 South Luangwa NP is one of the best wildlife areas in Zambia. It's a 90 min drive on a good tarmac road away from Chipata and it's accessible all year round. The camps and lodges in the area cater for all budgets and visitors. The best way to experience the park is together with a local guide. They know were the animals are. Leopard and Wild Dog sightings are common in South Luangwa. Most of the time even from close range in broad daylight. On night drives it is difficult to take good photos but you have a chance to see the nocturnal animals like porcupine, genets, civets, owls and many more. This park is home to the endemic Thornicroft Giraffe / Giraffa Camelopardalis thornicrofti, Cookson's Wildebeest / Connochaetes taurinus cooksoni and Crawshay's Zebra / Equus quagga crawshayi. Of cause it has several lion prides and many more common game species.
Even when in a hurry, a day visit is already worth the journey.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 15, 2016   |   Visited: Oct 2015.
I will never forget a particular evening sunset in South Luangwa... we sipped on our G&T's, overlooking a wide river with the sounds of hyenas in the distance. Hippos roaring just below us, all while surrounded by a swarm of colorful carmine bee eaters flying in and out of their homes in the side of the river bank. In this moment, the bush felt all-encompassing. Th... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 10, 2015   |   Visited: Dec 2010.
South Luangwa is a one of the biggest national parks in Zambia and is a complete wilderness with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. You are guaranteed to see the big five and more in this park. In the South Luangwa you see game on walking safaris, game drives and even from the comfort from one's room depending on the location of the lodging facility. It... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 13, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
This park has a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. One of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first hand is by going on a walking safari. This has become known as THE wilderness experience of the South Luangwa! The day will be spent walking in the game rich area of the Luangwa riverine habitat, with ebony groves, many lagoons and of ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 17, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Wow, this park totally surprised me. I wasn't expecting to see so much wildlife, especially so many lions. It wasn't nearly as crowded, either, which made for a great time and some up-personal viewing!
I was there right at the beginning of the dry season, so many of the water holes were still around. I'd def go again but would probably do it a few months later fo... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2012.
Its a park recommended by seasoned travellers in Africa, world class wildlife haven they say. No regrets and unforgettable are some of the words that have been used to describe this park.Its location Eastern Zambia, access via Lusaka the capital of Zambia is either by vehicle to Mfuwe though its a long 100 plus km of semi tarred road. The second and most recommende... read more
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