South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier wildlife destination, It lies between the Luangwa River to the east and the Mchinga escarpment in the west. It is 9,050 sq.km (3,500 sq miles) in size and home to over 60 species of mammal and almost 450 species of bird.
Luangwa River takes a slow meandering course down the valley, with the seasonal rise and fall in water levels many ox-bow lagoons are formed. It is the fertile soils associated with these lagoon systems which allow the large variety of species and a high number of animals that are found in the areas close to the main river.
South Luangwa is origin to “walking safaris”, they were common long before anywhere else and with the high quality of guiding found at most of the safari operations, the most exciting way of experiencing the African bush. Night drives are still popular activities offered by most camps giving guests the chance to see nocturnal species that will not be seen by day. Early evening drives are best for watching predators hunting.
The Valley provides an excellent habitat for leopards leading to higher than usual concentrations, they are very often seen on night-drives, it is not uncommon to see them in daylight hours as well.