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North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park covers 4,636 sq km and is one of the most spectacular and untamed wilderness areas in Zambia. There are two main rivers, the Luangwa and Mulandashi that run through and along the park. The Mulandashi River cascades down in a series of rapids and waterfalls before reaching the valley floor by means of the delightful Chomba Waterfall. This cool crystal waterfall, in the heart of North Luangwa Park, boasts some of the largest herds of antelope along its river course. The diversity of habitats in this park leaves you feeling bewildered and dazzled. There are areas of pure mopane forests, lush riverine forests and sausage trees laden with long dangling sausage-looking fruit. This leads to an awesome variety of birds from the Pel’s fishing owl to the purple crested turaco.  The beauty of visiting this park is in its truly remarkable opportunity to experience Africa as it was in years past. It is wild and untouched and you are simply an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. Like the South Park, it lies on the western bank of the Luangwa River bordered on the other side by the dramatic Muchinga escarpment which rises over 1000m from the valley floor. Its hazy outline can clearly be seen from the Luangwa River.

There are a number of tributary rivers running through the park and into the Luangwa which play an important ecological role in the Area. The Crystal Clear Mwaleshi River trickles down the escarpment in a series of small waterfalls. It recedes in the dry season, leaving many pools along the way, drawing the animals from the bush to its banks in search of water. The park is noted for its massive herds of buffalo. Other common mammals are hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku and impala.  Elephant and leopard are also seen, but not as frequently as in the South Park. There are also hartebeest, reedbuck and eland. All the birds in the South have been recorded here as well. Sighted regularly are the crowned cranes, purple crested loeries, broad billed roller, Lilian’s lovebird, the carmine bee-eater, giant eagle owl and Pel’s fishing owl. Occasionally seen are the bathawk, black coucal and osprey. Safaris are conducted in the dry season from June to October when animal sightings are at their peak. Access in the wet season is almost impracticable.

How to get there
Special permission to enter the park must be obtained from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Services in Chilanga or Mpika. One can fly in to either Mfuwe International Airport, about 4 hours away and be picked up, or be brought in from the Mpika side of the escarpment. There are two airstrips that are open for charter traffic.

Accommodation
1.  Delia Camp is situated in an area that is renowned for its plentiful wildlife.

2. Mwaleshi Camp    situated on a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River, a beautiful river within the North Luangwa National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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