A contender for Africa’s best safari park, experts love South Luangwa because of the Valley’s reputation for exceptionally high standards of guiding, the quality of walking safari on offer, and the park’s small yet very high quality camps. Some of the guiding here is set at a ridiculously high level.
‘Luangwa Valley’, including both the North and the South Luangwa, is widely recognized as the finest walking area in Africa. There are many camps here that put a real focus on walking – some do not offer anything but walking. The park’s diversity of safari activities is also a major attraction. You can game drive by day and by night, as well as walk here. The night safari opens up some of the finest leopard viewing in Africa. Value, as with the whole of Zambia, is also one of the Luangwa’s main attractions. We believe the country as a whole offers the best-value safari in Africa.
What to do in South Luangwa National Park
Game driving by day and by night, as well as walking safari. Camps outside the park also offer special activities, such as cycle safari. John Coppinger’s phenomenal Tafika Camp offers microlighting.
When to visit South Luangwa National Park
The Luangwa is a classic dry-season reserve, with the game getting progressively better, the later you travel. June through to October sees large herds concentrate around the rivers. It is throughout this season that the game viewing on offer will rival anywhere in Africa. As the game viewing improves, the heat increases, with October the hottest month. If you travel outside this period, you will find many of the camps closed due to the seasonal flooding of the Luangwa itself. Traveling in the early parts of the year, sees boating safari as the only way to get around the floodplains that guides were driving over six months before!
Top tips for your safari vacation
Look for the deals! There are some very good offers available from operators who have a number of camps. They encourage you to stay longer by slashing their rates for long stays. The value on offer in this park is really not to be underestimated.