SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

South Luangwa National Park is in eastern Zambia. Considered by some to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, South Luangwa is one of Zambia's main draws. This 9,050-km² park is centered on the Luangwa River and is home to one of Africa's largest concentrations of wildlife.


Thanks to its inaccessible location, South Luangwa manages to combine immense density of wildlife with limited visitor numbers, and it's also one of the few national parks that allow night safaris. However, visitor numbers are steadily marching upwards, and the best time to visit is right now — before it becomes the next Kruger or Serengeti.


South Luangwa is dry woodland, watered by the meandering Luangwa River and its many oxbow lakes. The dominant tree is the mopane, but stately baobabs also dot the landscape here and there. In the dry season, most plants and trees seem to shrivel up and wildlife congregates around watering holes, allowing excellent viewing.


- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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