North Luangwa is utterly remote and wild - one of the few places left in Africa that can genuinely claim to be untouched. Miles from anywhere and only linked by flight or extensive skilled bush driving, the 'north park' is one of those places that safari nuts crave. This is Africa in its purest form, a place for safari connoisseurs and people seeking true wilderness.
A 45-minute flight north of South Luangwa, North Luangwa is one of Africa’s finest walking parks. In fact walking is the only activity on offer in much of the park - not because the park rules forbid vehicles, but simply because there are no roads and very few tracks. The quality of the walking camps here is stupendous.
The chance of meeting lion on foot is very real. However, it must be noted that although on one day North Luangwa can serve up an utter adrenaline treat, it can be docile the next. This is a park for the patient connoisseur who appreciates true wilderness or someone who is prepared to spend time in order to get in the thick of it!
In our experience, the rewards of travelling to North Luangwa can outstrip anywhere else in Africa. The quality of no-frills safari here is as high as we have found anywhere. Don't come here seeking opulent luxury though - although the camps are fantastic, the focus is on an authentic safari experience and the style is simple and minimalist.
North Luangwa: where to stay
There is one absolutely superb lodge in North Luangwa. John Coppinger's ridiculously good Remote Africa Mwaleshi camp, a rustic yet high-quality 4-roomed camp that sits on the Mwaleshi river a few kilometres from the Luangwa itself. There is absolutely zero chance of seeing anyone else whilst staying here! Staying here is one of the most unique camping experiences on the continent, and the atmosphere of being alone in the wilderness here is palpable. If you want to go on an adventure without compromising on luxury, then Mwaleshi is your kind of camp.
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