South Luangwa National Park Safaris

Unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in Zambia, if not Africa, the South Luangwa puts forward a steely argument for such praise. Phenomenal game viewing, unique activities and a remote setting offer visitors to this verdant wilderness an ideal safari experience. Part of the Luangwa Valley, the park covers 9,050kmĀ², 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 - which are a major draw for wildlife.

Walking safari with giraffe and giraffe baby Hippo sighitng from boat on a South Luangwa National Park safari Elephants in front of camp

South Luangwa National Park Highlights

  • The birthplace of walking safaris
  • One of the highest densities of hippos in Africa
  • Remote, authentic bush camps
  • Incredible leopard sightings
  • Over 400 different species of bird

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 endeavours of Norman Carr. Formerly a ranger, Carr's decision to base safaris around shooting animals with cameras rather than guns, while giving something back to the local people, proved a successful one. Not only do such initiatives characterise what the South Luangwa stands for today, the park created the mould for many of Africa's game parks to follow.

Carr's walking safaris were not only a success in the South Luangwa they have become a staple part of safaris across Africa, and are one of the best ways to get in touch with the wildlife of a park. Watching big game while on foot is always exhilarating and the South Luangwa doesn't disappoint with huge herds of buffalo and elephant common sights.

Plains game in the park is plentiful and there are a number of rare species to watch out for, including Crawshay's zebra and Thornicroft's giraffe. Lion and hyena sightings are excellent, particularly so for lions, with large prides easily spotted. On a South Luangwa National Park safari leopard sightings have a somewhat legendary reputation thanks to the park's night drives. These unique game drives offer a very special window into the leopard's nocturnal world, one not to be missed. Endangered wild dog can also be found in the park although sightings remain coveted.

The South Luangwa is home to numerous camps and lodges, the vast majority of which choose a fantastic riverside situation - perfect for a spot of casual game viewing.

Selected South Luangwa National Park Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of South Luangwa National Park

All Zambia Itineraries

Luxury Two Rivers Safari

Cost Per Person
From $5,590 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park
The beach at The Makokola Retreat

Exclusive Zambia and Lake Malawi Family Offer

Cost For Family of 4
From $11,990 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park
Bilimingwe Bushcamp Co view

South Luangwa Exclusive Safari

Cost Per Person
From $5,140 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Luangwa National Park
Wild Dog sighting in South Luangwa - Photo by Normcan Carr Safaris

Ultimate Zambia Safari

Cost Per Person
From $7,640 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park Accommmodation

All Zambia accommodations
  • Chinzombo Camp
    The View From Villa

    A stunning camp set on a bend in the Luangwa River. Contemporary style meets safari chic in this oasis in the wilderness, where you stay in one of 6 comfortable villas and enjoy spectacular guiding, taking in the South Luangwa's magnificent big game.

  • Chindeni Bush Camp

    With a fantastic situation on the edge of a lagoon, take in sightings of hippo and elephant from Chindeni Bush Camp. Four very comfortable tents provide accommodation, with private decks extending over the lagoon.

  • Nsefu Camp
    Chalet interior

    For a traditional safari experience in teh South Luangwa this is the ideal camp: aside from upgraded facilities this charming bush camp has remain relatively unchanged since 1951. Expect fantastic elephant sightings and views of the Luangwa River.

  • Mfuwe Lodge

    Tucked under a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, Mfuwe Lodge is a choice accommodation for exploring the South Luangwa. Comfortable chalets and a open plan lounge with swimming pool are an ideal base from which to embark on guided walks and game drives.

  • Luwi Bushcamp

    Luwi Bushcamp is found in the heart of the South Luangwa Ntional Park and offers superb game viewing, a stunning remote location overlooking a lagoon and comfortable accommodation in the wilderness.

  • Bilimungwe Bushcamp
    Main area at night

    Mahogany trees tower above this stunning camp in the South Luangwa. Set in a quiet corner of the park expect 4 chalets, true African style, walking safaris and views of nearby waterholes.

  • Chamilandu Bushcamp

    Chamilandu Bushcamp is a remote property tucked away beneath a grove of ebony trees. The camp offers a fantastic safari experience, with thrilling walking safaris and tree house accommodation.

  • Island Bushcamp
    Bush chalet

    Set high off the ground on wooden platforms, from your chalet enjoy charming views of the nearby river. Expect classic bush camp accommodation along with day and night walking safaris.

  • Kafunta River Lodge
    Bar area

    Traditional, African and comfortable, this riverside lodge offers views of the Luangwa River from your safari chalet and strong levels of guiding while on thrilling excursions into the wilderness.

  • Kakuli Bushcamp

    This seasonal camp offers only 4 walk-in safari tents set under thatch roofs. Expect simply incredible night drives and spectacular game viewing, with the chance to see a wide range of species pass by camp, from impala to elephant.

  • Kapamba Bushcamp
    Deck at night

    Set on the banks of the Kapamba River, this seasonal bushcamp is tucked away under sausage trees and offers a traditional safari experience of the South Luangwa, with exciting game drives and guided walks.

  • Kapani Lodge
    Standard suite

    Set on the banks of an ox-bow lagoon, this superb lodge was once the home and HQ of renowned conservationist Norman Carr. Relax in the pool or start to explore the South Luangwa with walking safaris and game drives.

  • Kuyenda Bushcamp
    Rondavel exterior

    Delivering old world charm and a great situation adjacent to the Manzi River, Kuyenda Bushcamp is an excellent choice for exploring the South Luangwa. A remote location and simple reed hut accommodation offer the ideal back to nature experience.

  • Luangwa Bush Camping
    Luangwa bush camping morning view

    Embark on a two or three day walking safari through South Luangwa's wildlife rich Nsefu sector. Journey deep into the wilderness with an expert guide, camping between Tena Tena and Nsefu Camp.

  • Luangwa River Camp
    Chalet interior

    Set in a magnificent game rich area of the South Luangwa, explore on foot and by vehicle before retiring to your spacious bush suite. Guiding is excellent and views to die for.

  • Mchenja Bushcamp
    Chalet by the Luangwa River

    Surrounded by ebony trees and set on the banks of the Luangwa River, this seasonal camp is a comfortable choice. Guiding is excellent with camp manager, Levy Banda, having trained under renowned conservationist Norman Carr himself.

  • Nkwali Camp
    Chalet view at night

    Stay in open fronted chalets surrounded by sausage trees in this charming camp situated adjacent to the South Luangwa National Park. Relax in the swimming pool or get exploring with walking safaris and game drives.

  • Nsolo Bushcamp
    Dining area

    Set on the Luwi River, this remote camp is the gateway to the South Luangwa with solar powered chalets surrounded by remote wilderness. Lion are often seen in the area and game viewing is strong with a number of exciting activities.

  • Tena Tena Camp
    Chalet interior

    Found on a bend in the Luangwa River, from this small tented camp sit out on the veranda and admire river views, enjoy incredible guiding and game viewing and relax surrounded by warm bush camp charm.

  • Zungulila Bushcamp

    A small tented camp in the remote south of South Luangwa National Park, from this camp discover the Kapamba River and fascinating wildlife on exciting game drives and walking safaris.

  • Return to Wild Sleepout
    As night falls

    Sleep out under the stars, with no tent - it's just you, a mosquito net and a bed roll. Set up camp in the dry Luwi river bed on this incredible wilderness experience, led by one of Norman Carr's best guide and scout teams.

  • Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge
    Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge  - South Luangwa, Zambia

    With views of the Luangwa River and the surrounding valley enjoy fantastic game viewing from this charming colonial property, boasting comfortable rooms and a hilltop setting.

  • Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
    Lounge and pool view

    With stunning views over the Kakumbi floodplain and the South Luangwa National Park, the Sanctuary-owned Puku Ridge Camp is an intimate camp with great game viewing.