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South Luangwa

A Revering Frontier of Unforgettable Wildlife Encounters

South Luangwa National Park has the richest wildlife of anywhere in Zambia, and whatever the season, animals are present in large groups. The endemic population of Thornicroft’s giraffe is particularly significant and there are herds of elephant and buffalo several hundred strong. It is said there are 50 hippo per kilometre of riverbank, with an estimated total of at least 6,000.

South Luangwa has been called the “Valley of the leopard”, and you stand a good chance of seeing this most secretive of cats lounging in trees and wiling the day away in the shadows. The best time for leopard spotting is on a late afternoon game drive when they are no longer hiding from the heat of the sun, but waking up, stretching and thinking about starting to hunt.
 
Norman Carr pioneered the concept of a walking safari in South Luangwa, and the guides he trained here are still leading fascinating bush walks. Their knowledge of the park’s fauna, birdlife, insects and smaller reptiles is second to none, so you’re in for a crash course in natural science the moment you step out of camp.
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Chinzombo Camp
Chinzombo Camp offers luxurious private villas, a wide variety of game-viewing opportunities and the chance to be enchanted by evenings around the fire pit or dining under the stars. The camp stretches across 60 acres and is open year round, offering beautiful green season boating safaris.
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Mchenja
Mchenja Bushcamp sits in a secluded grove on the Luangwa River with just five tented chalets overlooking the river. It is the perfect place to visit for those seeking a safari with experienced and knowledgeable guides combined with comfortable, unpretentious accommodation.
Accommodation:
Nsolo Camp
Nsolo is one of the South Luangwa's more remote, luxury safari camps; most of the game-viewing activities are centered on thrilling walking safaris along the Luwi River, while exciting morning and evening game drives provide a great chance of seeing elusive leopard and endangered wild dog.
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Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is set in the Luangwa National Park. It has a grand, rustic style, and the four double rooms are designed to subtly reflect earth, water, wind, and fire. The house is a superb choice for families and large groups to experience Zambia in comfort.