South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is located in the largely unexplored and wildly fascinating Luangwa Valley in Zambia, at the tail end of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. Safari lodges range from modern African luxury suites, set on top of hills and alongside lagoons, to camps in colonial splendor, in the middle of the bush, with all the modern amenities desired.

The lagoons that wind their way along the valley floor provide sustenance to an array of wildlife including elephants, leopards and large prides of lion. Visitors can explore the beautiful region by walking safari or regular game drives; unusual activities on offer are the night game drives offering the chance to seek out nocturnal animals and experience the eeriness of the African bush under starlit skies.

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Highlights in South Luangwa National Park

  • Getting up close to wild animals on one a day or night walking safaris
  • Large herds of elephant and pride of lions
  • Viewing game from carefully placed photographic hides
  • Enjoy a game drive to see big cats

Featured Accommodation

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Built as a presidential retreat, Sanctuary Chichele has the feel of an exclusive club in a game-rich region of the park. Most South Luangwa lodges are down at the river, but Chichele has a hilltop location with wonderful views out over the park. The colonial-style main building has plush sofas, a grand piano and long veranda where meals are often served. 10 suites are decorated in the same understated elegance and have all the luxuries you need for an extremely comfortable stay.

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Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

If you’re looking for an intimate African safari experience then head to Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. With its exclusive game viewing opportunities, stunning views and elegant tented camps, Sanctuary Puku Ridge offers an exclusive experience. Sanctuary Puku Ridge offers a unique and exclusive experience from the exciting guided walking safaris on offer to the personalised service and unique touches displayed in the decor of the luxury tents placed in the natural setting.

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Chikoko Trails

Chikoko Trails

Slightly upstream from the parent camp Tafika and inside the South Luangwa National Park, Chikoko Trails is comprised of two camps: Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp. Both camps are only accessible by foot – a walking wilderness free of roads and cell phones. Chikoko has 3 twin chalets raised on 3m stilts, and Crocodile River Camp has 3 twin chalets all with en-suite bathrooms and views of the seasonal riverbed floodplain.

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Tafika Camp

Tafika Camp

Owner run and bush home to John and Carol Coppinger, Tafika Camp is the base camp for Remote Africa Safaris, nestled in the shade of giant Leadwood trees. The remote location makes it ideal for those who really want to get away from it all and experience the bush in the true sense of the word. Situated on the banks of the Luangwa, the camp provides amazing views of the river with plenty of opportunities to see elephants crossing, hippos wallowing and king fishers darting in and out the river. With only 6 hand built chalets, a maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time which makes the camp an intimate and personalised experience.

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Undiscovered Zambia

Undiscovered Zambia

Zambia is an exceptional safari destination with around 30% of the country protected by parks or reserves. It’s remote and wild, famous for its luxury lodges. Zambia shares a border with Zimbabwe, so your journey will start with seeing the Victoria Falls – and then you’ll be off to see Africa’s wild animals in South Luangwa National Park.

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Walk on the Wild Side of Zambia

Walk on the Wild Side of Zambia

During the months of June to October, you can discover the wild side of Zambia. This 10-day itinerary showcases the most incredible walking safaris in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and North Luangwa National Park. You will truly experience Africa’s wildlife and fall in love with the bush. On the last two nights, you will experience Livingstone and its breathtaking Victoria Falls.

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Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

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North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa is the wild, sister park of the more popular and accessible South Luangwa National Park. Together they form part of the Great Rift Valley which runs from East Africa down to Zambia. It’s mostly a walking destination centered on the southern wilderness area of the park. The habitat…

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