The North Luanga National Park lies on the banks of the Luangwa River. The crystal clear Mwaleshi River trickles down the hills in a series of small waterfalls to join it. As the water recedes in the dry season, leaving behind waterholes, the animals are drawn to its banks to drink.
There are very few roads in North Luangwa and you are unlikely to see anyone else for the duration of your trip. Here you will be experiencing Africa as you imagine it, wild and untouched. The park is known for its massive herds of buffalo, which if they are on the run, kick up huge clouds of dust for miles behind them. There are large prides of lion, too, and it is not uncommon to witness a kill. Since 2003, 34 endangered black rhino have been reintroduced to the park as part of a continent wide conservation initiative, making this one of very few places you can see the Big Five in Zambia.
North Luangwa is one of the most exciting places for a walking safari, creating the perfect landscape for unforgettable wildlife encounters. You’ll see plenty of birdlife, such as crowned crane, purple-crested turaco, carmine bee-eater, Lilian’s lovebird, and various owls. Common mammals include hyena, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey and impala. Here you’ll also find Thornicroft’s Giraffe, an endemic subspecies that you can only find in the Luangwa valley.