The South Luangwa is one of Africa’s famous parks, forming part of the great Rift Valley system. For variety and density of wildlife as well as scenery, this is one of the best parks to visit. The focal point of the South Luangwa is the majestic Luangwa River that snakes its way through the extensive park. The river is the life line to the abundance of wildlife that comes down to drink. This park is home to over 60 species of mammals including the unique Thornicroft giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and the Crawshays’ zebra. Birding here is fantastic with over 400 bird species being found here. December to March sees the most summer migrants but one key attraction is the arrival in August/ September of the migrant Carmine Bee eater.
There are very good populations of carnivores including lion, hunting dog, spotted hyena, and leopard and because night drives are an option in this park, it provides a perfect opportunity to view these predators and the more secretive nocturnal animals. With guiding standards so high in Zambia and in this particular park, this destination provides a perfect safari experience.