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In South Luangwa National Park, the dry season (also known as the high season) is well known for its excellent game viewing opportunities as the bush is dry and there is less water available, resulting in high game concentrations and density around the Luangwa River.

Game viewing usually peaks from June through to October (mainly in September/October).

This period is best known for the high concentration of hippos in the shrinking Luangwa River – the highest concentration of hippos in the world. The main predators found in the Luangwa Valley are lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs.

On one particular excursion into the bush we witnessed this intense kill where a pride of lions brought down a buffalo calf (see video below).

lions hunting buffalo calf

It’s hard to watch and even harder to experience in person on the ground, but what better example of the give and take in the great circle of life.

buffalo, lion, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You can experience sightings like this on our guided safari walks which take place during these dry peak months.

game drive vehicle, lion, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

These walks usually provide our guests with the best opportunities to encounter these animals on foot and experience Africa at its best. We have a special 3, 5 and 7-night peak season packages available from 1st August 2017 to 31st October 2017.

two lions, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

And once the dry season nears its end in October, the tension of expectation in the air is palpable as everything seems to be waiting for the arrival of the spectacular thunderstorms.


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Wildlife Camp Zambia

Wildlife Camp Zambia is a safari-camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. We have been providing our guests with an affordable front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, South Luangwa National Park since 1992. We offer camping to full-board accommodation together with game drives and walks. We also operate a seasonal Rustic Bush Camp on the banks of the Luangwa.