South Luangwa Safaris: an Overview

The ox-bow lagoons, plains and woodlands of the South Luangwa National Park host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 400 species of birds, and are home to exceptional walking safaris.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The South Luangwa is the spiritual home of the walking safari - and there's nothing quite the like seeing a lion on foot to get the heart racing! The region is known for the legendary guides, so make time to get out of the car and embrace nature

South Luangwa Safaris: the Detail

Many people often refer to the South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, with the Luangwa River being one of the most intact major river systems in Africa and is the life blood of the park's 9050km2.

With direct flights from Lusaka, the South Luangwa National Park is a great place to start your safari holiday in Zambia and one can easily spend a week or more combining a stay in many of the small, intimate bushcamps that are dotted along the Luangwa River and many of the lagoons in the area. We often recommend starting off spending a few nights in one of the slightly larger lodges around the Mfuwe area where the game is prolific and the focus is mainly on game drives, before venturing out further into the park and staying in a combination of two or three of the smaller more rustic camps where the focus is more on walking.

Led by highly experienced guides and accompanied by armed scouts, a walking safari is the best way to discover the diversity and secrets of the African bush, and Original Travel only uses the very best guides and camps.

If you are after some beach relaxation at the end of your safari holiday, then we recommend you head for the serene lake shores of Malawi where you will find beautiful and authentic hotels in keeping with your safari in Zambia.


Original Highlight

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Walking safaris typically involve an early start, as the wildlife is most active in the mornings and evenings. Fine if you're an early riser!

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A note on price

A ten day or two week trip to Zambia could start from £4,500 per person including flights, but can reach up to £9,000 per person depending on accommodation choices. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Rainfall — 21cm / 8.5 inches
Flight from London

9:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for The South Luangwa

Bilimungwe Bush Camp

Bilimungwe Bush Camp

The South Luangwa

There’s always a warm welcome at Bilimungwe. The heart of camp is the rustic lounge area set beneath a huge winterthorn tree and looking out over a shady waterhole – an establishment favoured by local warthogs, elephant and other thirsty game.

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Luxury Zambia Safari Lodge

Luangwa Safari House

The South Luangwa

Luangwa House is a unique private house for up to eight guests, located on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park.

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Nsolo Bush Camp

Nsolo Bush Camp

The South Luangwa

Nsolo Bush Camp is situated on a bend in the Luwi sand river that runs through the heart of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, just three hours' walk from Luwi Bushcamp.

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Walking Trails

Walking Trails

The South Luangwa

Walking safaris between Crocodile Camp and Chikoko Camp explore wilderness areas, entirely free from roads and vehicle access so all game viewing is done on foot.

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The South Luangwa

Nkwali is one of three Robin Pope safari camps in the South Luangwa region.

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Luwi Bush Camp

Luwi Bush Camp

The South Luangwa

Luwi is a seasonal bush camp nestled under huge mahogany trees on the banks of a permanent lagoon.

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