South Luangwa



Zambia set the standard for walking safaris, and you’ll find some of its most celebrated here. That’s not to say the camps are all long-drop toilets and tents, though. If you prefer your creature comforts, there are plenty of elegant lodges to choose from, too.

The park’s home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Herds of elephants, hippos, Thornicroft’s giraffe and a high leopard population are just a few of the creatures you can expect to see. We rate Zambian guides as some of the most knowledgeable we’ve met – they have to pass seriously tough exams before they can lead your safari. 

Places to stay

  • Luangwa Bush Camping

    South Luangwa National park

    Feel the heat beneath your feet. Hear the sounds of the bush without the thrum of an engine. See the...

  • Nkwali

    South Luangwa National Park

    Pretty chalets with thatched roofs, a bar that’s built around a giant ebony tree…this is rustic luxury, Zambia style. We...

  • Chinzombo

    South Luangwa National Park

    Hands-down our number one lodge in the South Luangwa for pampering.   It’s designed by the architects that dreamt up Mombo...

  • Tena Tena

    South Luangwa National Park

    This is where it all began – Robin Pope’s first ever camp in the South Luangwa. And what a location...


Fly from Johannesburg to Lusaka then on to Mfuwe Airport. 


The best time for game viewing is May to October. Absent rain means animals flock to water holes and the river allowing for great sightings. Many camps close from November to April, however a few stay open and over these months, the birding is excellent.


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