The Luangwa Valley is undoubtedly the best known of Safari Destinations in Zambia. ‘The Valley’ forms the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley and covers and area of just over 9050 sq.km. The remoteness and geography of the region create a natural catchment area for wildlife with a steep ‘Muchinga’ escarpment on western side rising almost 1000m above the valley floor and the crocodile infested waters on the Luangwa river on the eastern boundary of the park with its many ox-bow lagoons and shady ebony groves. The Valley can rightly claim its boast of having the highest game densities in Africa. Best known for its Elephant’s from books like ‘Valley of the Elephants’ by Norman Carr who also pioneered the first commercial Walking & Nocturnal Safaris.
South Luangwa National Park is regarded by many wildlife experts as the ‘Best’ Game Park in Africa. Home to more than 50 mammal species including most famously – Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Wild dog, Hyena, Buffalo, Kudu, Puku, Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest (both are unique to the park ) and over 400 bird species including the nesting site for thousands Carmine bee-eaters in the sandy banks of the Luangwa river where the highest density of Nile crocodile & Hippo can be found anywhere in Africa. It is the favourite ‘stomping’ ground of experts like David Shepherd the famous wild life Painter and Home to African Pioneers like Norman Carr and Robin Pope. There are several established ‘operators’ within the region.
North Luangwa National Park is remote and inaccessible, with little infrastructure in the whole 4636kmÂ² reserve. There are only three operators being allowed by park authorities to have camps here. The is the area chosen to reintroduce the Black Rhino into Zambia with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. This is perhaps suitable for the more experienced Safari Traveller and the scenery is very similar to South Luangwa – just wilder !
The park lies on the western side of the Luangwa river, upstream from the South Luangwa National Park. It is particularly noted for its huge herds of Buffalo. Other common animals include, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Wildcat, Wildebeest & Zebra. There are also a number of species which are unlikely to be seen in the South Park such as Oribi, Hartebeest, Reedbuck & Eland – the largest of the antelopes.
Recommended Camps, Lodges & Hotels
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Bush Camp Co.
Bush camp co. run several lodges and camps in the Luangwa National park...Read more
Formerly a private Presidential retreat, Chichele (pronounce to rhyme with belly) occupies one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire park.Read more
Nkwali is located on the Luangwa River overlooking the National Park. The land is superb game viewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grasslands.Read more
Norman Carr Safaris
Norman Carr built Kapani in 1986 and made it his home until his death in 1996. He had been in the Valley for over 50 years. In this time he earned A reputation across the continent as a tireless conservationist and was the founding father of photographic walking safaris.Read more
On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. Nsefu was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.Read more
The Puku Ridge
Named for the elusive Puku antelope which never strays far from water, this beautiful camp among the trees overlooks a sweeping expanse of the fertile Kakumbi dambo (valley).Read more
Remote Africa Safaris
Remote Africa Safaris offers top quality game viewing safaris with maximum flexibility, personalized attention and excellent cuisine.Read more
Robin's House lies on the edge of Nkwali Camp. Recently renovated, this private house is ideal for families, honeymooners and guests looking for a little privacy.Read more
Luangwa River Lodge
Nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the 'Wafwa' Oxbow Lagoon, Luangwa River Lodge offers open plan lounges, with dining under the endless canopy of African stars.Read more
Robin Pope Safaris
Robin Pope Safaris is one of the most established and successful safari operator in Zambia.Read more
Kaingo And Mwamba Camps
Shenton Safaris is the smallest independent safari business in South Luangwa National Park. Kaingo and Mwamba camps are the creations of the Shenton family, which has a proud history of three generations of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa.Read more
Tena Tena Camp
"Tena Tena Camp is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa" The Times, London.Read more
Luangwa Wilderness Lodge
Luangwa Wilderness Lodge is an undiscovered gem in Zambia's game rich Luangwa Valley in a small Reserve called Luambe National Park between North & South Luangwa.Read more