Businesses in South Luangwa National Park Zambia

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Chikunto Safari Lodge
Safaris
South Luangwa National Park
Chikunto safaris are unforgettable, largely because of where they take place - in the stunning South Luangwa National Park. This park is recognised as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Chikunto offers a range of outstanding safari experiences and activities tailored to suit each client's time and interests. Whether you're looking for game drives or walking safaris, you'll have a memorable experience, with well trained safari guides to ensure you get the most out of every excursion.
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Personal Touch Safaris
Safaris
South Luangwa National Park
Personal Touch Safaris offers a range of safari options that can be customised to individual client needs. Guided private safaris are both flexible and exclusive - whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family adventure of a lifetime, or the ultimate photographic opportunity. With Guided and Self-drive combo safaris, you get the privacy of self-drive with professional input from a fully-qualified guide who will drive you on all visits inside South Luangwa Game Park.
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Chikunto Safari Lodge
Safari lodge
South Luangwa National Park
Chikunto Safari Lodge accommodates just 12 people, and can be booked for exclusive use if desired. With sweeping views of the Luangwa River and remarkable safari opportunities, this lodge welcomes couples, families or groups of friends - anyone looking for a distinctive African bush experience!
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Personal Touch Safaris
Car rental
South Luangwa National Park
Personal Touch Safaris work with well maintained Landrovers 110, 300 TDI, converted into a game viewing vehicles to offer the enthusiast safari guest the opportunity to experience a professional game drive in the bush. Vehicles seat up to nine people with ample space for individuals together with their bags, binoculars and guide books.
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Chikunto Safari Lodge
Safari company
South Luangwa National Park
Chikunto Safaris was founded by Jens Kant, his late wife Regula, and the late Josephat Musoni. The lodge opened in April 2018. Very tragically, both Regula and Josephat have passed away. However their legacies live on. Chikunto Safari Lodge's clients and tour operators are looked after by Gareth Jones who has more than 20 years experience in international hospitality.
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Personal Touch Safaris
Transfers
South Luangwa National Park
Personal Touch Safaris offer well equipped vehicles for transfers or transport in the Luangwa valley and within the wider Mfuwe area. This service is available to tourists as well as volunteers assisting at various community projects, with specific transfer needs to lodges, camps or cultural villages.
Remote Africa Safaris
Safari
South Luangwa National Park
Remote Africa Safaris prides itself on its warm, accommodating staff members, experienced and knowledgeable guides, excellent food and small personalised camps. Tafika Camp offers a wide range of activities. The Chikoko Trails camps and Mwaleshi Camp are predominately walking camps.
Luangwa River Camp
Safari camps
South Luangwa National Park
The main area stretches over various elevated decked levels amongst which a tempting double plunge pool with a waterfall linking the two is situated. Seating areas around the pool or in the shade of the open plan bar on the highest level all offer uninterrupted views across the river and into the National Park.
Kapamba Bushcamp
Safari lodges
South Luangwa National Park
Watching an elephant take a dip in the river can be quite an experience when you're lounging in your own private plunge pool. The central bar and dining room is positioned under a huddle of matumi and sausage trees, with a wide deck that stretches out with views of the Kapamba River.
Puku Ridge Camp
Safari camps
South Luangwa National Park
The camp is located on the edge of an escarpment in a private location in the South Luangwa with incredible game viewing from the main areas as well as guest tents. The oversized safari tents, all with indoor and outdoor showers. Endemic species include Thornicroft's giraffe, Crayshay's zebra, and Cookson's wildebeest.
Kuyenda Bushcamp
Safari camps
South Luangwa National Park
Your room is a simple but cosy grass rondavel, circular hut complete with paraffin lanterns, swathes of mosquito netting and an open-air ensuite bathroom with a large 'safari' drum shower. From the panoramic windows you can look out onto the surrounding plains and the incredible game that frequently saunters through camp.
Chichele Presidential Lodge
Safari lodges
South Luangwa National Park
All set on the hillside, Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge offers 10 spacious elegant Victorian suites. Each suite has a private verandah which provides amazing views over the floodplains below. There is a sparkling swimming pool, an indoor dining room and outdoor boma ideal for wining and dining under the stars. The well trained staff offer a top-class service and ensure your every need is catered for.
Thornicroft Lodge
Safari
South Luangwa National Park
Thornicroft is situated just about five minutes drive to the main gate of South Luangwa National Park. They can take you on day and night game drives – or how about an early morning game walk? Game drives bring you close to some of the world's most magnificent wildlife so that you can experience a truly African adventure.
Thornicroft Lodge
Safari lodges
South Luangwa National Park
The main lodge is a spacious thatched semi-circle of sophisticated comfort. It's an open-plan area that houses the dining area, indoor BBQ, lounge and bar. With a traditional roof, stonewalls and gnarled wooden colonnades the lodge has been designed to fit in with the natural environment.
Mfuwe Lodge
Bush spa
South Luangwa National Park
Set on a secluded deck next to a lagoon that sees permanent heavy hippo traffic and a wide diversity of other animals, Mfuwe Lodge's bush spa creates a sanctuary of pure simplicity for those seeking tranquillity and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. It offers a contemporary range of eastern and western treatments.
Mfuwe Lodge
Safari
South Luangwa National Park
Mfuwe Lodge offers exciting safaris including game drives, guided walks (minimum 2 people), night drives, and local village, school and textile company visits. Game drives and walks are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable team of guides. Guests set off at first light or in the late afternoon when the wildlife is most active.
Mfuwe Lodge
Safari lodges
South Luangwa National Park
With 18 thatched chalets (2 suites, 3 family rooms, 3 doubles and 10 twin rooms), Mfuwe Lodge offers quality and private accommodation. Secluded covered verandas provide amazing game viewing opportunities to look out over hippo and thirsty game in the lagoons.
Lion Camp
Safari
South Luangwa National Park
All Lion Camp safari activities are led by qualified guides who will educate and enlighten you in the secrets of the park. Game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers. Walking safaris are accompanied by an experienced and armed escort scout and are a very different option, they bring you in touch with the wilderness.
Lion Camp
Safari camps
South Luangwa National Park
Relax and unwind during your safari holiday. Built on raised wooden platforms, they are linked to each other and the main area by a raised wooden boardwalk. Each chalet has either a four poster king-size double bed or twin beds, and a walk-in mosquito net. They are all ensuite with a shower and toilet, and have private decks.
Nkwali Safari Camp
Safari camps
South Luangwa National Park
Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. On private land outside the park, a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park by boat or across the pontoon.
Chiawa Safaris
Fishing
Lusaka +3
Fishing for Tiger Fish is one of the seasonal specialties of the Zambezi River. Although Tiger Fish and other species can be caught throughout their safari season, the best time to catch Tiger Fish is from late August to mid November during the hotter months of the year.
Chiawa Safaris
Safari
Lusaka +3
Chiawa Safaris offers exciting game drives, walking safaris, canoe trips, boat cruises, fishing and hide safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park are home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife that can be viewed on land based safari activities, through a variety of water based activities and in the camps themselves!
Chiawa Safaris
Safari camps
Lusaka +3
Chiawa Camp, Old Modorro and Puku Ridge Tented Camp all offer an authentic experiential safari, where the focus is on the surrounding bush, the river, the wildlife and you. They offer the highest standards in service and guiding together with a strong focus on responsible tourism and conservation.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is one of the most unspoiled natural habitats in Africa, home to 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species, it is rich in Zambian wildlife. This park remains one of the top safari destinations in the entire continent of Africa. It is the pioneer of the popular walking safari and one of the few that offers night drive safaris. The dry season offers better game viewing as most of the animals can be seen near the Luangwa River, drawn to it as a source of drinking water.

Seasonal changes enhance the national park’s scenery. It shifts from dry and bare in the winter to a lush green paradise during the summer, as a result of summer rains. Between January and February, the Luangwa River floods and it turns the area into a rich, productive and beautiful ecosystem.

  • It plays an important role in the ecology of South Luangwa
  • Rich in diverse history
  • one of the few parks that offers night safari drives

South Luangwa National Park and its history

The Luangwa River, which flows right through the heart of South Luangwa National Park, is one of Africa’s most intact river systems. The river’s lagoons form the park’s eastern boundary and its muddy waters host an extraordinary number of Nile river crocodiles which can often be seen basking on the river banks. The Luangwa River is also home to several hundreds of hippos. South Luangwa National Park is not only renowned as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, but also boasts of being the first national park in the country to pioneer the now extremely popular walking safari. South Luangwa National Park covers 9,050 square kilometres. It is sustained by the Luangwa River which is the park’s lifeblood and main source of water.

Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and is the most accessible of the four national parks found in the Luangwa Valley (the others being North Luangwa National Park, Lukusuzi National Park and Luambe National Park).

Current on-going excavations have revealed some of the earliest evidence for humans in South Central Africa. Some of the discoveries that have been made have included Stone Age tools said to date back to at least two million years ago.

In December 1866, when world renowned missionary and explorer David Livingstone crossed the Luangwa at Perekani, he is known to have said of the area, “I will make this land better known to men that it may become one of their haunts. It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.”

Ecology and habitats

The park spans two eco regions, both of them woodland savannah, distinguished by the dominant trees in the area. Southern Miombo woodlands cover the higher slopes of the valley, while Zambezian and Mopane woodlands cover the bottom of the valley. This is because the Mopane tree tolerates the higher temperatures and lower rainfall found at lower elevations, unlike the Miombo trees found on the higher plateau. The Luangwa valley has several different types of trees, the most common being the Leadwood, Winterthorn, some beautiful Baobabs, large Ebony forests, the tall Vegetable Ivory Palm, Marula, and the magnificent Tamarind tree.

Wildlife

The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa, so much so, that some refer to it as a crowded Zambian game park. Since most travellers on a safari want to experience Zambian wildlife, South Luangwa National Park is a premier safari destination.

The Luangwa valley has one of the highest concentrations of hippos in Africa, estimated to be at least 50 per kilometre of the Luangwa River. South Luangwa National Park is also known for its huge herds of elephants and buffalos, which often move in hundreds. This game park is also home to an impressive 14 antelope species. The most common type of antelope is the Impala, which can be seen in herds all over the park. Impala is a favourite prey of the African lions and the numerous leopards that can be found in South Luangwa National Park. The Puku is another type of antelope likely to be spotted. It is similar to the Impala in size but is much fluffier with a rich orange coat. Arguably the most stunning of the antelopes is the Greater Kudu, with its majestic spiral horns and delicate face. The Reedbuck, Roan, Sable, Hartebeest, Grysbok, Klipspringer, and Oribi, can also be found in the park but are harder to encounter.

Unique to the Luangwa national Park is the beautiful Thornicroft’s giraffe. Other animals that can be spotted in the park include Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra. Apart from the lions and the leopards, other carnivores present in the park include Caracal, Wild Dog, Serval, and the Side-striped Jackal. Not to be outdone, Hyenas are fairly common, and their plaintive, eerie cry can be heard most nights. The most common primates that can be seen are the yellow Baboon and Vervet monkeys. Other primates are the rarer Maloney monkeys, and bush babies.

It is also famous for pioneering walking safaris when visitors can experience the African wilderness first hand and feel part of it, while being led on foot by safari experts and armed guards.

When to travel

The best time to visit the park depends on what type of game you wish to view. The dry season begins in April through to October and game concentration is at its greatest in the hottest months.

The wet season begins in November, transforming the dry bare land into a lush green jungle. At the end of March, the rains tail off and the migrant birds arrive, making it a birdwatcher’s haven. This is known as the green season, with many Zambian wildlife species will be nursing their young.

Getting there

If you want to get to the park by plane there are regularly scheduled one hour flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe airport, where a safari operator will collect you for the short drive to your safari accommodation.

By road, travel is more difficult, and sometimes impossible in the wet season. If you are driving you can can approach South Luangwa National Park from three sides. The usual route is from Chipata. This is a good road, if a little corrugated, and the 123 kilometre drive takes about two hours to Mfuwe which is just outside the Park. A robust 4×4 vehicle is recommended.

The Northern access is from Mpika on the Great North Road, or Lundazi, near Zambia’s eastern border with Malawi. Just below Mpika there is a road running down the Munyamadzi Corridor between North and South Luangwa National Parks. It is passable but only open between August and October. The mountain pass down the escarpment is quite formidable, very rocky and bumpy but the view over this, the tail end of the Great Rift Valley, is quite spectacular.

Ecology

  • Savannah Woodland
  • Southern Miombo Woodlands
  • Zambezian Woodlands
  • Mopane Woodlands
  • oxbow river lagoons

Wildlife

  • Buffalo
  • Bush Babies
  • Caracal
  • Cookson’s Wildebeest
  • Crawshay’s Zebra
  • Elephants
  • Grysbok
  • Hartebeest
  • Hippos
  • Hyenas
  • Impala
  • Klipspringer
  • Kudu
  • Leopards
  • Lions
  • Maloney Monkeys
  • Oribi
  • Puku
  • Reedbuck
  • Roan
  • Sable
  • Serval
  • Side-stripped Jackal
  • Thornicroft Girraffe
  • Veret Monkeys
  • Wild Dog
  • Yellow Baboons

Birdlife

  • Bee eaters
  • Black headed herons
  • European swallows
  • Golden crane
  • Goliath heron
  • Great white egrets
  • Marabou stork
  • Open billed storks
  • Pelican
  • Red chested cuckoo
  • Red faced Yellow Bill
  • Saddle Bill
  • White storks

The dry season offers better game viewing as most of the animals can be seen near the Luangwa River, drawn to it as a source of drinking water.