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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.

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.

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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.