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South Luangwa National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Zambia's flagship national park is carnivore central

Leopards, lions, hyaenas and wild dogs are thick on the ground in what is undeniably Zambia's top wildlife-viewing destination – the Luangwa Valley

Guests who don't get to see their fair share of carnivores in the South Luangwa can consider themselves very unlucky indeed. The park is a wildlife-rich tract of scenic wilderness that focuses on the perennial Luangwa RIver. With a long-standing reputation for being one of the best places in Africa (after the Sabi Sand) to see leopards, South Luangwa has recently emerged as a top spot for African wild dog sightings too. The park is also home to a number of large lion prides that specialise in killing buffaloes – a once-in-a-lifetime safari event to witness.

Popular South Luangwa National Park safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Zambian Odyssey - Safari to Three National Parks

One week safari to three Zambian national parks, including the flagship South Luangwa, and end in style with a visit to the remarkable Victoria Falls

$ 5,850

£ 4,535

R 81,198


per person

7 days

Best of Zambia Luxury Safari

Combine water and wildlife in a journey that takes you from the Victoria Falls to Kafue and South Luangwa national parks – Zambia at its best

$ 7,995

£ 6,198

R 110,971


per person

9 days

Best of Zambia Safari

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of mystery waiting to be uncovered.

$ 7,149

£ 5,543

R 99,228


per person

10 days
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Stephen Michael Cunliffe says

The donor-supported South Luangwa Conservation Society and Zambian Carnivore Programme continue to do outstanding work in and around the park de-snaring animals, augmenting law enforcement and assisting park management. It's fair to say that the wealth of wildlife thriving in the Luangwa Valley today is in no small part due to their tireless efforts and ongoing hard work.

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Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and puku are abundant and can be spotted alongside the endemic Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest in this scenic national park. The terrain is predominantly savanna and broken woodlands with numerous seasonal streams flowing into the Luangwa. A couple of sulphurous hot springs also bubble up here, with the most notable one being in the Nsefu sector. The salty marsh created by the hot springs attracts a plethora of wildlife along with impressive flocks of grey-crowned cranes.

There are a huge number of safari operators and lodges in South Luangwa, with most concentrated in the busy Mfuwe area. Visitors are strongly urged to investigate the reputation of the operators who offer safaris into the wilder areas of the park to ensure that they have the ultimate wildlife and wilderness experience. Robin Pope Safaris, Shenton Safaris and Norman Carr are among the very best, with the Bush Camp Company being an excellent alternative in the south.

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Frequently Asked Questions about South Luangwa National Park

When is the best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve?

The best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is during the dry months of May through September. go there.

Do I have to be over 18 to book a trip to South Africa?

Yes, you have to be over 18 to book a trip to South Africa. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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I am copying Megan in case she is back from maternity leave (congrats Megan!). We are having an absolutely WONDERFUL trip. It has far exceeded our expectations! Everything has been perfect, the accommodations, transport, tours, etc. We…


from South Africa

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

We could not have been more pleased with "Discover Africa." Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organized a personalized tour- the…


from United States of America

We went on Safari to Phinda Game reserve which was our choice as was the the choice of 2 nights on the Rovos train.Our agent was quite happy with helping us with anything we requested. We worked out dates of where we wanted to be and when…

Madeline & Reymond Goodman

from Australia

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

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