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South Luangwa National Park

The park is located in the Luangwa Valley which sits at the southern end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, leading southwards from Lake Tanganyika. It is low in altitude and experiences higher temperatures than the rest of Zambia. The park covers an area of 9,050 square kilometres or 2,235,400 acres. The main area of the park is bordered to the west by the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River provides the east and southern borders. Luamfa Area is in the southern area of the park, and the Nsefu sector is on the east side of the Luangwa River which eventually feeds into the mighty Zambezi River. The park has the most intact major river system in Africa called the Luangwa River. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months.

The park has a wide diversity of wildlife including an abundance of elephant, bushbuck, hippos, hyena, buffalo, black rhino, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, zebra, small herds of Cooksons's wildebeest, honey badgers, leopard, lion, all varieties of antelope, and numerous species of birdlife including the spectacular ones such as; crested cranes, saddle bill storks, wood ibis, nightjars, owls, vultures and egrets. There are other carnivores present but not always seen, are the caracal, wild dog, serval and side striped jackal. Of the primates, Maloney’s monkey, baboons and vervet monkeys are prolific. The Luangwa River has a high number of crocodiles.

Seasonal changes are very pronounced in Luangwa. The dry season begins in April and intensifies through to October, the hottest month when game concentrations are at their height. Warm sunny days and chilly nights typify the dry winter months of May to August. The wet season begins in November as the leaves turn green, and the dry bleak terrain becomes a lush jungle. The rainy season lasts up until the end of March and the migrant birds arrive in droves.

How to get there
Charter planes from outside the country can now fly direct without clearing customs at Lusaka and there are a number of charter companies in Zambia, which can fly to and from Zambia’s top destinations. Mfuwe Airport lately achieved international status and various airlines were looking at scheduled flights from abroad. Proflight Zambia is the only scheduled airline flying in Zambia now.  They fly daily to South Luangwa and Livingstone from Lusaka all year (frequencies increase in high season).
Driving, one can approach from three sides. The usual route is from Chipata. This is a good road if a little corrugated and the 123km drive takes about two hours to Mfuwe, just outside the Park. If traveling in a robust 4x4 from Lusaka, it is possible to take a short cut from the Great East Road at Petauke, up alongside the Luangwa River to Mfuwe. Only to be attempted well into the dry season. The Northern access is from Mpika on the Great North Road or Lundazi, near Zambia’s eastern border with Malawi. Just below Mpika, there is a road running down the Munyamadzi Corridor between North and South Luangwa Parks.

Accommodation
1. Track and Trail River Camp is located at a breathtaking spot on the Luangwa River.

2. Puku Ridge Tented Camp is located on a ridge overlooking spectacular game rich floodplains.

3. Flatdogs Camp is located right on the banks of the Luangwa River.

4. Mfuwe Lodge is a fine luxury lodge in one of the South Luangwa's prime locations, built between busy lagoons within the Park iteself.

5. Tena Tena is a luxurious tented camp under a shady mahogany grove in the northern section

6. Marula Lodge is located very close to the Park entrance on the banks of the Luangwa.

8. Chimfule Lodge is located about 4km from Mfuwe international airport, about 15 minutes drive from the Park.

9. Track and Trail River Camp is located at a breathtaking spot on the Luangwa River

10. Croc Valley Camp is situated very close to the entrance of the Park, where the old Croc Farm used to be. 

11. Kaingo is a small, very comfortable lodge, one of the few inside the Park itself, with an emphasis on personalised walking safaris and game drives. Mwamba Bush Camp is three hours walk north of Kaingo set under shady ebony trees along the Mwamba River.

 

 

 

 

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