What to do in South Luangwa National Park

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outh Luangwa National Park has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in South Africa. The 9050 square kilometre park has been called by some “one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world”.   . There is a large concentration of wildlife and few tourists relative to its size. The “walking safari” was made famous in this Park and it is still a captivating way to explore the landscape. The Park is a lush, green woodland in the summer months  affording good birding but harder to spot the animals, and bone-dry in the winter bringing the wildlife to the river’s edge and the low grasses make for better game viewing.

Safari Options

Here are some of the activities on offer

  • Mobile Walking Safaris – you will be accompanied by a guide as you walk from one overnight camp to another deep in the heart of the park, along the river banks, exploring areas where there are no roads so you are unlikely to see anything but wildlife. . This park is one of the best known for these types of safaris.
  • Birding Safaris there is a vast array of birds in the park. A birding safari  is usually accompanied by an ornithologist or an expert birding guide.  Bird lovers appreciate the  time to listen to bird song, twitters, and calls, while still enjoying the opportunity of seeing large game. 
  • Boat Safaris the South Luangwa River offers a spectacle of wildlife to view safely from the comfort of your boat.   The Luangwa River is best navigated in the rainy season when it is fuller. The scenery is lush and verdant and hippos and crocodiles are everywhere, elephants will be common too but most of the other animals will not need to come to the river in the wet season so th focus will be on the experience itself more than game viewing but most operators combine boating and walks.

Other Activities

  • Bush-Spa – In the heart of the South Luangwa National Park is a bush–spa, sure to bring tranquillity and rejuvenation. The therapists use treatments based on traditional therapeutic ingredients as well as traditions like using coffee to exfoliate before a deep cleanse with Marula and then moisturizing with Sausage Tree or Baobab Masks. Relax in the Jacuzzi or enjoy a reflexology massage all set in the picturesque African bush.
  • Kawaza Village just outside of the Park is Kawaza village, home to the Kunda tribe. Here you will be able to experience the culture of the local people as well as the opportunity to stay in a simple African thatched hut. The village was the winner of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers’ Silver Otter Award for the “Best Overseas Tourism Project.”
  • Tribal Textiles boasts a large, colourful retail outlet and workshop, located on the road between Mfuwe Airport and the National Park. It’s the perfect place to pick up a special souvenir of time spent in the South Luangwa or shop for gifts for all the family.

Lodges & Camps

Your accommodation choices in South Luangwa National Park are plentiful with options ranging from tented camps to luxury safari lodges. Here are some the activities that lodges and camps offer:

  • Game Drives many of the lodges offer morning and afternoon game drives. Morning drives usually start before sunrise, allowing you to take in the best of the morning game-viewing. The afternoon drives often continue after dark to try and spot some of the Park’s night-time inhabitants.
  • Night Drives this is an opportunity to enjoy the nocturnal creatures of the Park long after the sun has set.
  • Walking Trips you will have the opportunity to enjoy the African bush on foot, usually for a few hours at a time. A guide will accompany you and make sure of your safety during your excursion.
  • Local Village Visits if you are interested in the culture and heritage of the land, a visit to one of the local villages will definitely give you more insight.
  • Photographic Safaris there is no better way to get your best wildlife shots than out on a photographic safari.

Guided Safaris South Luangwa

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100Primal Pathways

Primal Pathways leads immersive wilderness experiences in some of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. Sensitively lead by Brent Harris, our North Luangwa Walking Retreat, from 20 – 27 August, 2016, offers a place of communal solitude in one of Africa’s last untamed expanses.

100The Personal Touch Ltd

The Personal Touch Ltd, operating since 2005 in the Luangwa Valley is renting out game viewers in mint condition to lodges or individual travellers needing their own transport in the valley.

Rates from $100

Robin Pope Safaris

Based in the South Luangwa National Park, Robin Pope Safaris was founded in 1986. Robin Pope Safaris’ unmatched knowledge of the area allows them to create the perfect safari, specifically for you. The unspoilt South Luangwa National Park is home to an astounding collection of wildlife; including over 400 species of birds, elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard and much, much more.

South Luangwa Safaris

South Luangwa Safaris is a specialist in safaris to South Luangwa National Park. Rather small and very unique we offer a personal service to ensure our clients’ trips are perfectly tailored to suit them.

SouthLuangwa.com

SouthLuangwa.com offers comprehensive travel information for your safari to South Luwangwa National Park in Zambia.

Photographic Safaris South Luangwa

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100The Personal Touch Ltd

The Personal Touch Ltd, operating since 2005 in the Luangwa Valley is renting out game viewers in mint condition to lodges or individual travellers needing their own transport in the valley.

Rates from $100

Authentic Safaris Zambia

We specialize in authentic tailor-made safaris and private tours for Zambia. Whether you want to stay in simple or luxurious accommodation, have a particular passion for wildlife safaris, art or experiencing the great outdoors, or you’re planning a trip for a special occasion, we can create an itinerary to match your interests and budget.

David Rogers Photographic Safaris

David Rogers has been running photographic workshops in Zambia since 2005. He operates them in the Emerald Season in South Luangwa National Park with Robin Pope Safaris as well as to other destinations including Liuwa Plains, Lower Zambezi and Kasanka. David also arranges and leads specialist photographic safaris.

Edward Selfe Photography

Edward Selfe Photography Edward is a safari guide and photo safari specialist living year-round in the Luangwa Valley. He has been guiding in the South Luangwa National Park since 2009, …

Peter Geraerdts Photographic Safaris

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to go out with Peter Geraerdts, wildlife photographer, professional safari guide and owner of Track and Trail River Camp in South Luangwa.

Robin Pope Safaris

Based in the South Luangwa National Park, Robin Pope Safaris was founded in 1986. Robin Pope Safaris’ unmatched knowledge of the area allows them to create the perfect safari, specifically for you. The unspoilt South Luangwa National Park is home to an astounding collection of wildlife; including over 400 species of birds, elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard and much, much more.

SouthLuangwa.com

SouthLuangwa.com offers comprehensive travel information for your safari to South Luwangwa National Park in Zambia.

Tafika Travel Advisor

Our many focus is all range of travellers, budget, middle and upper class travellers, including small family and friends groups, wanting a quality and professionally handled trip to Southern African countries. We as well arrange conference, business communities who would like to combine safari and adventure.

Walking Safaris South Luangwa

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Robin Pope Safaris

Based in the South Luangwa National Park, Robin Pope Safaris was founded in 1986. Robin Pope Safaris’ unmatched knowledge of the area allows them to create the perfect safari, specifically for you. The unspoilt South Luangwa National Park is home to an astounding collection of wildlife; including over 400 species of birds, elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard and much, much more.

SouthLuangwa.com

SouthLuangwa.com offers comprehensive travel information for your safari to South Luwangwa National Park in Zambia.

Tafika Travel Advisor

Our many focus is all range of travellers, budget, middle and upper class travellers, including small family and friends groups, wanting a quality and professionally handled trip to Southern African countries. We as well arrange conference, business communities who would like to combine safari and adventure.

Spas South Luangwa

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