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South Luangwa Safaris

South luangwa national park, where you walk with wildlife.

Welcome to South Luangwa National Park, famous for the walking safari. So if you are adventurous this may just be your safari style.

Getting out on foot in stunning wilderness abundant with wildlife is thrilling to say the least. The Luangwa River snakes through the national park drawing animals to its edges to drink whilst hippo and crocodile populations are impressive. Beyond walking, here you can game drive and mountain bike getting you different wildlife safari perspectives all in one national park. More on Zambia here

Untouched and untamed yet so close to civilisation, South Luangwa safaris offer fantastic concentrations of wildlife nurtured by an impressive river system. The park plays home to grassy savannahs, and dramatic woodland. With an impressive variety of flora, fauna and birdlife on offer, you can truly experience an authentic safari paying homage to the safari expeditions of yesteryear.

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Accommodation in South Luangwa

This is one of our all time favourite national parks in Africa and for good reason – exceptional wildlife and wilderness, brilliant owner run properties and great guiding. The emphasis is on the senses because you get out on foot and can see, hear, touch and smell everything around you and accommodation is best when it supports this experience. Eco friendly camps, open sides, wonderful settings can be expected.

We adore John Coppinger as a safari guide and professional. His family own and run remote Tafika and the Chikoko Walking Trails. For those on a budget don’t miss Flatdogs and we highly rate their Jackalberry Treehouse for families or honeymooners as you sleep up on a platform in the trees that is frequented by elephants.  The other properties high on our list are Andy Hogg’s The Bushcamp Company of which there are several. Each one is in a brilliant location with just 4 rooms so it’s an intimate safari in South Luangwa, just our style. These properties also come under the banner of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

Norman Carr was the founder of the walking safari and camps in his name continue to this day run by a talented team of professionals. Our guests adore Norman Carr camps and guides for a genuine walking safari experience.

 

Top Five in South Luangwa

  1. Take a walk, all this talk about South Luangwa being home to the walking safari it naturally makes sense that we would suggest, strapping up those hiking boots and taking all that the African bush in.
  2. Go for a game drive, second to experience the wilderness of foot, would be to experiencing it, in an open aired game vehicle. Experienced guides and elevated seating make for an exciting vie point.
  3. Get involved with conservation, chat to your EA sales team and see how you can better conservation efforts before your arrival.
  4. Pick up the camera, with so much wildlife on offer, how could you resist snapping a few pics of that giant lion to show your friends back home.
  5. Slow down and have  sundowner, with all of the above being said, sometimes the best thing to do, is sit back, relax, and take it all in.

Best time to visit South Luangwa

Seasons may change drastically from one to another, the dry season begins in April, and only get’s hotter right up until October. Its during this time that game concentration is at its highest, be prepared for hot days, and chilly nights.

The wet season will run from November to March and it is at this time that the bush will transform into a lush green jungle. However most lodges will shut down during his time, as roads become treacherous and game viewing is poor.

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