Depart Livingstone this morning for your flight to Lusaka connecting to a second flight to the South Luangwa National Park. Located in Eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa covers an incredible 3500 sq miles, making it larger than the US’s Yellowstone National Park. It was founded as a game reserve in 1938 and was designated as a National Park in 1972.
The highest concentration of wildlife is the Luangwa River and its rich vegetation. There are herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as dominant antelope species such as impala and puku. Other antelope include common waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, kudu, grysbok, oribi, reedbuck, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable and roan. Species such as Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest occur nowhere else in the world and the area's leopard viewing is legendary. The main predators are lion, leopard, spotted hyaena and wild dogs. The dry season along the Luangwa River - when all game is forced to congregate along its banks as water resources dwindle elsewhere - is an experience every Africa fan should indulge in. High- density hippo populations dot the riverbanks while yellow baboon provide a contrast to their southern cousins.
Stay at Kalamu Lagoon Camp, located in the Luamfwa Concession in the wild and uncrowded (with people that is!) southern sector of the Park. Whereas for the most part the Luangwa River forms the eastern boundary of the National Park, separating the protected area from communal land and game management areas, in the remote southern sector it meanders westward and both banks are protected. It is here that our camp can be found, on sites that are situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in a unique section of this exceptional Park, imparting a feeling of remoteness and exclusivity.
South Luangwa is renowned as the best walking destination in Africa and guests have the choice to explore the Luangwa riverine vegetation and adjacent dambos on guided walks. Other activities include day-and-night wildlife-viewing drives. Overnight for three nights at Kalamu Lagoon Camp.