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South Luangwa National Park

Explore South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa National Park is unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in Zambia, if not Africa. Sensational game viewing, unique activities and a remote setting provides an ideal safari experience. Part of the Luangwa Valley, the park covers over 9,000km², with the beautiful Luangwa River serving as one of its most defining geographical features; the river's appeal lies in its seemingly untouched state and the oxbow lagoons it creates. Along with its natural beauty the South Luangwa is famous for its conservation efforts and walking safaris, both of which are deeply linked to the endeavors of Norman Carr.


  • Authentic safari experience and the birthplace of walking safaris
  • Witness large elephant herds and impressive buffalo and hippo concentrations
  • Home to remote and authentic bush camps
  • Uncover exceptional birdwatching, with over 400 species recorded
  • Sensational game viewing, including the rare Crawshay’s Zebra and Thornicroft giraffe

Iconic Activities

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
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Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect in the South Luangwa National Park

  • African Wilddog
    African Wilddog
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Puku
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Impala
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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  • Flights and transfers included
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At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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