The South Luangwa National Park is home to the original Walking African Safari. South Luangwa is also one of the premier game viewing destinations in Zambia and throughout Africa. Situated far from any major cities South Luangwa is a remote wilderness experience and doesn’t have the mass of tourism associated with it as some other National Parks in Africa.

The Luangwa River is the life force flowing through the Valley. Teeming with hippos in the dry winter months, elephant, antelope and plains game fighting for a space of the scarce water, lions dominating the shady trees watching the river activity. Thornicroft’s Giraffe found only in the South Luangwa, and Cookson’s Wildebeest endemic to the area are some of the fine game viewing opportunities available. Leopard sightings are usual too. Guiding in Zambia is some of the best in Africa. South Luangwa guides are experienced, knowledgeable and keen to show you the best of their country!

For the safari enthusiast Walking Safaris are definitely a highlight in this park. On a walking African safari you are truly able to get into the wild, cut yourself off from everything out there and really experience nature at its finest. The bushcamps, although more rustic than your typical 5 star African safari lodge, still have everything you need to make your stay in the wild comfortable. All have en-suite bathrooms, some with open roof tops like Luwi Bush Camp operated by Time & Tide.

There are numerous accommodation options in the Luangwa Valley. Mfuwe Lodge is the hub. Operators usually have lodges or bushcamps (for Walking Safaris) or a selection of both available. Due to the rains many camps close over the summer months. Chat to your African safari consultant if you are unsure about when to go in South Luangwa. With accommodation options to suit most budgets, the South Luangwa is an incredibly attractive option for the safari purist.



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About "South Luangwa"


A wildly luxurious tented camp, Chinzombo is Norman Carr Safaris’ new flagship safari camp set on the Luangwa River adjoining Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. In prime game-viewing country and easily accessible all year round, Chinzombo brings eco-friendly luxury, style and privacy to a new level with private plunge pools, wifi and spa amenities, without sacrificing that closeness to nature that is Norman Carr’s trademark. Read More


This award-winning safari lodge in the most wildlife-rich section of South Luangwa National Park is the perfect place from which to enjoy Zambia's excellent game viewing. Tucked beneath the canopy of huge ebony and mahogany trees on the banks of two beautiful lagoons, Mfuwe Lodge offers guests the African safari experience of a lifetime. Read More


Puku Ridge Camp is a brand new camp situated in Zambia's remote, wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park and overlooks stunning vistas of the Kakumbi floodplain and the game that frequents it. It was completely rebuilt in 2019, inspired from safari tents of old and local villages with modern twist.  The camp blends in perfectly with the environment and the team reused as much of the materials from the old Puku Ridge as possible and replaced with lighter footprint design. Read More

A gorgeous setting overlooking a permanent lagoon frequented by hippo and elephant, is the home of Chindeni Bushcamp. The Bushcamp Company operate a handful of intimate and exclusive seasonal camps in this remote corner of Zambia’s South Luangwa Park, where the year-round water attracts abundant wildlife and the only crowds are of buffalo and bush Read More Read More

Beautiful bush luxury deep in a remote part of Zambia’s South Luangwa, Bilimungwe is the ultimate safari getaway. One of The Bushcamp Company’s intimate and exclusive seasonal camps, it is set overlooking a series of waterholes near the Luangwa River, attracting a multitude of wildlife in the dryer season from May to December. Read More

A beautiful unspoilt location in a remote corner of Zambia’s South Luangwa, Chamilandu Bushcamp brings guests close to nature for the ultimate authentic African safari, open in the dry season from June to November. The Bushcamp Company is the only operator in this pristine southern section of the park, with its waterways and oxbow lakes attracting a wealth of wildlife. Read More


Kaingo Camp is found in one of South Luangwa National Park’s most game-rich areas, overlooking the Luangwa River. Built and managed by one of Africa’s best-known walking safari aficionados, Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton, a former warden of Kafue National Park, Kaingo has been expertly designed for guests to experience the many enjoyable facets of an African safari, in the most sustainable way possible. With just 6 chalets, you are assured of a peaceful, exclusive stay and the undivided attention of your hosts. Read More

Looking for an exclusive safari experience in Zambia? Luangwa Safari House is an elegant villa, secluded on a private estate bordering the South Luangwa National Park, where a dedicated staff - from private guide to personal chef - caters for your every need. Game drives and walking safaris make for thrilling encounters with the big game and wildlife that teem in this pristine conservation area. Read More


As the flagship bush camp of Norman Carr Safaris, Mchenja Bush Camp is the most luxurious in the portfolio and also offers premium game-viewing opportunities. With a balanced mix of walking African safari tours and 4x4 excursions in the mix, guests have plenty of chances to encounter some of Africa's most amazing wild animals - with sightings of lion and leopard being fairly common. Read More


Nestled under huge, indigenous mahogany trees on the banks of a permanent lagoon off the Luangwa River, Luwi Bush camp is located in the heart of South Luangwa National Park. Its remote location allows for uniquely private interactions with the wildlife of the park - which visitors have dubbed as nothing short of prolific, and providing memories of Africa to last a lifetime. Read More