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South Luangwa

Widely recognised as the home of the walking safari and one of Africa’s best safari parks, South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s prime wildlife destination. It is home to an abundance of game rarely seen in other game reserves, and a beautiful habitat.  Mfuwe is the gateway to the park and arguably the area with the highest density of game.
South Luangwa National Park claims 9050km² of Zambia’s Eastern province, boasting an ever-changing terrain and habitat wherever you go. Naturally the rivers attract the highest concentration of wildlife, especially during the drier months, so this is where most of the park’s camps and lodges are found.
Mfuwe, the gateway to the Luangwa valley, is home to a superb concentration of game and as a result has become increasingly busy recently.  There are some fantastic lodges here that offer a somewhat protected safari, by contrast with the more rustic bushcamps inside the park.    Show me more >

South Luangwa, Mfuwe area: where to stay

Mfuwe is home to the flagship properties of both Norman Carr and Robin Pope Safaris.  Carr's Kapani lodge and Pope's Nkwali are both great value lodges, quite similar in style, that are both well-respected for their quality of guiding and general high levels of service. If pushed, we slightly prefer Kapani.    Show me more >

South Luangwa bushcamps: where to stay

Remote Africa work north of the Mfuwe area, and is one of the two owner-run companies in the valley. The basecamp Tafika is a sublime camp, home to John and Carol Coppinger, who aim to be there for your stay.  John runs microlight flights from Tafika - a unique experience, and highly recommended.  Remote also run two satellite bushcamps as Chikoko Trails, the only camps in the valley that just offer walking safaris.  Remote have a truly exceptional team of guides.   Show me more >


  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 6 out of our Big 7 icon
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