Best Places To Stay In The South Luangwa
Located in East Zambia's Luangwa River Valley, the South Luangwa National Park is one of the world's best wildlife viewing habitats. it is an area that must be explored if you are a keen safari enthusiast. Naturally, the rivers attract the highest concentration of wildlife, especially during the dry season which is where the majority of camps and lodges are located. These areas of the park can become quite crowded at times, although the further into the park you go, the most isolated you become and the less visitors there are.
South Luangwa has a variety of landscapes from open grassy plains to mesmerising woodlands. The differing habitats support a rich plethora of eco-systems which contains a fantastic variety of game, including all of the 'Big 5' and hundreds of species of birds. The South Luangwa is considered to be the home of the walking safaris with excellent guides who take you into the wilderness without the safety of a vehicle. Only then will you truly appreciate nature's true splendour and learn about all things great and small. Game viewing is phenomenal for most of the year, but it is at the peak of the dry season when it is at its best. On top of walking safaris there is also the additional option for nights drives to go in search of the more elusive nocturnal creatures.
The expert guiding is also mirrored by the expert accommodation options. With a mixture of rustic and luxurious camps and lodges, there is certainly a decision to be made about which style would suit you better. No matter where you choose though, the personal and professional levels of hospitality are second-to-none. Many of the camps have fantastic views with many overlooking the river or other water sources which will, of course, attract plenty of game. Below we have chosen a few of our favourites:
With 7 years of guiding experience in the South Luangwa National Park, he puts together tours which are both a classic safari and a specialist photographic experience. He plans each safari around making the best of the photographic opportunities on offer, but also ensures that even clients without cameras will enjoy the tour by sharing his knowledge of wildlife and animal behaviour.
Kapani is certainly one of the best value lodges in the Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa. Built as a permanent lodge rather than a bush camp, Kapani is a great introduction to the Luangwa and is a superb option when booked in conjunction with Norman Carr’s bushcamps. There are a couple of seriously good guides here making Kapani a superb start to a safari, and a very affordable one at that.