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 Norman Carr Safaris.

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.



Camille Rowe


About "South Luangwa"


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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

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

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

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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

Sanctuary Puku Ridge is an intimate safari camp in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, home to over 60 mammals including elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and antelope. Named after the Puku antelope that grazes on the floodplains below, this traditional safari camp is perched on an escarpment in a remote part of this unspoilt game-rich wilderness. Read More


Tena Tena is a remote and intimate camp lies within the tranquil Nsefu Sector of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park in a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. It is a perennial favourite with safari lovers, not only for its classic African safari style but also for the region's unspoilt African bush, prolific game viewing and thrilling walking safaris. Read More


On a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River deep in the South Luangwa National Park is Nsefu, established in the early 1950s as the first photographic safari camp in Zambia. The camp lies far in the north of the park's undeveloped Nsefu Sector and offers understated elegance, charm and total comfort in the remote and secluded wilderness. Read More