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.



Lise Kargaard


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


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


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


A sandy river bend fronts Nsolo Bush Camp, which is situated a three-hour walk from Luwi Bush Camp. What's more, the nearby waterhole in the riverbed is fiercely popular with wildlife in the area, and often, the most exciting game-viewing in the vicinity of Nsolo can be done from the comfort of your own private deck or from the central area, bar or library. 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


this rustic camp defines ‘getting away from it all’ and is totally off the grid, with only radio-communication linking it to the outside world. Only 8 guests are accommodated at a time, in 4 open-fronted reed and thatch chalets, which are reconstructed every year. Mwaleshi is closed during the rainy season every year, from 1 November to 14 June. As a walking safari destination par excellence, 4x4’s transfer eager guests to a new starting point every day, where you head off into the wilderness under the care of an expert guide as well as an armed National Park scout. Read More


A seasonal bush camp set on the on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers, Kakuli Bush Camp is often the end destination of walking safaris from camp to camp in the area. Whether it's a stopover, your final pitstop or your sole destination, you can brace yourself for wilderness treat encompassing some of the best game viewing and night drives in Zambia. 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

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