Located in Eastern Zambia, South Luangwa National park was established in 1972 where walking safaris were first pioneered. The park itself is sustained by the Luangwa River, winding its way through the center, leaving an almighty escarpment, abundant lagoons and scenic lakes in its path. The lush landscape of the Luangwa supports some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, therefore becoming a much loved safari destination.
The dry season in the South Luangwa runs from April- October, during these months’ game viewing is prime and many flock on safari as the wildlife tends to congregate around any available water sources. The scenic emerald season runs from November- March and is a perfect time of year for seeing wildlife with their young. The Luangwa River is also full during these months, making it a great time to go on a boat safari.
South Luangwa National Park is home to over 60 mammal species and is famous for its huge herds of elephant, buffalo and abundant hippo populations.
Big cat sightings are frequent and the park is often cited as one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the elusive leopard. One of the most endangered animals that can be found here is the African wild dog.
There are also 14 species of antelope and endemic subspecies including the Crawshay's zebra and Thornicroft's giraffe.
Large crocodiles laze on sandbanks and as the day cools down, hundreds of hippo leave their pools and lumber up the banks to graze, the park is truly a nature lovers paradise.
The park is also a well-known birding destination and rightly so, as over 400 avian species have been recorded within the South Luangwa region.
The park provides a resting place for seasonal migrant species coming over from as far afield as Europe and Asia as well as the usual species found throughout Southern Africa.
Birds of interest include, the rare African skimmer; the elusive and unique Pel's fishing owl, large colonies of yellow billed stalks and the Southern carmine bee-eater which flock in their thousands and nest in the park's sandy river banks.
There are also 39 raptor species which include 4 species of vulnerable or endangered vulture.
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