North Luangwa

The North Luangwa is a pristine and remote safari destination specializing in walking safaris.


The North Luangwa National Park lies, not too surprisingly, to the north of its more famous sister. Together they form part of the Great Rift Valley which runs from East Africa down to Zambia. The Luangwa river, with its rich alluvial soils, feeds the North Luangwa but the safari camps are located on the perennial Mwaleshi river.

This pristine wilderness environment boasts large herds of the endemic Cookson’s wildebeest and eland. These are not seen so readily further south. It also has good concentrations of lion. Given it is a wilderness park, the North Luangwa is ideal for a second time Zambia safari visitor. There are very few roads so safaris are largely on foot. However, you can enjoy excursions to the Chipopma Falls or the Mwaleshi Falls.

You access the North Luangwa in Zambia by flying to Mfuwe Airport. This is the main airport for the region with daily flights. Or you can stay first at Tafika Camp, one of the northern private concessions of the South Luangwa. From there you fly from their airstrip at Lukuzi onto the North Luangwa which is much quicker. This would be our recommendation.

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Natasha Jantjies

Africa Travel Specialist
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Why you may love it

  • Famous for its massive herds of buffalo, a specatacular sight if they're seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them.
  • Large prides of lion inhabit the territory and it is not uncommon to witness a kill.

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Did you know
  • HistoryFounded as a game reserve in 1938, became a National Park in 1972
  • ConservationSince 2005 considered a Lion Conservation Unit with South Luangwa