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South Luangwa National Park

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About South Luangwa National Park

Country found in: Zambia
Parks total area: 9050 km² (3500 mi²)
Year established: 1972
Park wildlife: 13 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

What YAS members think of South Luangwa National Park

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Most-visited month: October
# days visited: 2

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South Luangwa National Park is located in eastern Zambia. It was originally established as a game reserve in 1938 and was officially established as a national park in 1972. It is 9050 km² (3500 mi²), making in the 14th largest national park in Zambia and the 2nd largest national Park in Zambia, after Kafue National Park. South Luangwa is known for its high concentration and diversity of wildlife and is home to four of the big five. The buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion can all be seen here. Sadly, the rhino was poached to extinction here and is no longer seen.

South Luangwa purportedly is one of the few African parks where guests can enjoy a true bush camp experience. Many of the camps are of high standards and all are in remote locations. The terrain of South Luangwa consists of savannah woodlands, open plains, lagoons and tall grass fields. South Luangwa offers a wide-range of safari options and most safari vehicles here are open-sided. Walking safaris are very popular here and most tour operators recommend all guests experience a walking safari.

When is the best time to visit South Luangwa National Park?

South Luangwa has two distinct seasons: a rainy and a dry season. The rainy season starts in November and runs through March. During these months the foliage of South Luangwa becomes greener and denser and the animals are less easy to spot. Although the game viewing during this time of year is more difficult and the some of the roads become extremely difficult to navigating, causing some of the camps to close for the season. The dry season runs from April through October, and by October the land is parched and the foliage is all but gone. The lack of precipitation means most water sources dry up and animals must share the remaining available resources, including the Luangwa River and Oxbow Lagoon. Game viewing is arguably at its peak in October and visitors will be rewarded with high concentrations of animals that are easier to view than in other months.

South Luangwa is highly recommend as a safari destination and is idea for beginning and intrepid travelers alike.

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Tour by: Adventure Purists

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Tour by: Mahlatini Travel

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Tour by: Zamsato - Zambia Safaris & Adventure Tours

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Tour by: Sigo Adventures and Tours

8 Nights, 9 Days Safari in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Park

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Tour by: Malawian Style

A true, remote safari experience without compromising on luxury and style. Starting with the more natural and ru...

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Tour by: Off2Africa

9 Day walking safari through South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park

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12 day tour around Hwnage National Park, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park & Lower Zambezi

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