South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is often described as one of Africa’s best safari destinations.
These 10 facts will help you understand why Perfect Africa wholeheartedly agrees with that statement:
1. The South Luangwa National Park lies in eastern Zambia, in the Luangwa Valley at the tail end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
2. The Luangwa River runs through the middle of this 3,475 square mile park. The river makes its way to the Zambezi and has carved out its own path creating an abundance of lagoons and oxbows along the way.
3. The concentration of wildlife that roams near, in and around the Luangwa River is one of the highest in Africa.
4. The South Luangwa National Park is home to over 400 species of bird, massive hippo pods (the park is quite famous for its resident hippo), lion, leopard, elephant, the extremely endangered African wild dog and unique species of zebra and giraffe.
5. It is one of a few parks that allows for night drives, which vastly increases the chances of spotting leopard.
6. The incredibly popular walking safari was pioneered in the Luangwa Valley and it’s widely believed to be the ultimate way to experience a safari.
7. Some of the most experienced safari guides in Africa are based here.
8. The dry season in South Luangwa is from April to October and this is the best time to go on a safari because the wildlife congregates around the available water sources.
9. The green season is from November to March and is a great time for seeing wildlife with their young. This particular season is when the Luangwa River is full, making it a great way to go on safari by boat.
10. South Luangwa’s beauty can be attributed to its remoteness.
Penny Lotz, the product manager at Perfect Africa, returned recently from a trip to the South Luangwa National Park. She believes that “the highlight was definitely the bush camps as they are absolutely remote and offer a true back-to-nature experience. Walking safaris also definitely deserve a spot on any bucket list, especially when done in the South Luangwa, which is the ‘home of the walking safari’.”
Watch the below video taken in the South Luangwa National Park of a pride of tawny lions feeding on an elephant carcass. Although the hunt was not theirs to claim, this is perfectly typical of what you would encounter in the park.