The lush and beautiful riverine vegetation of the South Luangwa attract some of the greatest wildlife concentrations in Africa.
The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia lies at the southern tip of the Rift Valley. This is one of the premier wildlife sanctuaries in Africa.
Here the brooding Luangwa River meanders through this luxuriant valley. The rift valley escarpment is the park’s natural boundary to the east. Whilst the river marks its western boundary. In between you enjoy varied habitats: from primeval forest and lush savanna to huge ox bow lagoons and groves of ebony trees. This variety attracts a diversity of wildlife including the famous Luangwa leopards and thousands of hippo and crocodile. Birding is also excellent with over 450 species in the park.
An ideal South Luangwa safari is 6-8 nights, staying 2-3 nights in 2 or 3 different South Luangwa safari lodges. Many visitors spend a couple of nights maxing out their camera’s memory cards in the central South Luangwa lodges such as Chinzombo Lodge, Nkwali or Mfuwe. Here the animals are relaxed and used to vehicles. Then you head to some of the more remote luangwa lodges. Delightful bush camps occupy prime sites on ancient oxbow lakes amidst shady ebony groves. (If you remember your school geography, these are the only reminders of the original water course). The South Luangwa is particularly known for its walking safaris.
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Nsolo Bush Camp was also a firm favourite with me. Again what made the difference was the hosting and guiding which plays such as vital part of the experience.
• Great hosting led by Kolo
• Guide Phil was good, (but not as good as Lawrence).
• Great walking experience to sleep-out finding lion on foot
• Million was a great chef!
• Beautiful shady trees, great authentic bush camp
• No wi-fi, internet or mobile reception. Battery charging points in main area.