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Protected Area South Luangwa National Park

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Located in Zambia :: Luangwa Basin
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area

Description [ correction ]

In the 50s, a British conservationist, Norman Carr, convinced the paramount chief in the Luangwa Valley to set aside tribal land for a game reserve where game wouldn’t be hunted. He also conducted photographic and walking safaris in the reserve, with proceeds going back to the community. In this manner a large game reserve was established in the Luangwa Valley. In 1972, the South Luangwa National Park was proclaimed, whose 9 050 km² spans the Northern, Eastern and Central Provinces of Zambia. Bordered to the east by the Luangwa River, and to the west and northwest by the Muchinga Escarpment, South Luangwa is considered to be one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in all of Africa.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Luangwa, Zambia
Email :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Intermittent Main Cellular Network :  MTN, Airtel

Opening Times :  [ correction ]

All year

Directions [ correction ]

Not available

Time Information [ correction ]
Best Time to Visit :  May - November

Rates and Payment [ correction ]
Updated for :  2019
Comments :  (Rate info updated Apr-2019)
Fee/s :  Park Entry Fees: Citizens: ZMK41.70 pp per day; Residents/SADC Nationals: USD20 pp per day; International: USD25 pp per day; Self Drives (Residents/Non-Residents): USD30 pp per day. (2019)

Destination Information [ correction ]
Facilities :  Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Airstrip

Facilities [ correction ]
Swimming Pool

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, 4WD Trails, Guided Walks, Bird Watching
Game to View :  Black Rhino. Elephant. Hippo. Buffalo. Lion. Leopard. Spotted Hyena. Roan Antelope.
Notes on Activities :  The Yellow Billed Stork Colony which. breed in the rainy season because the area where the trees are becomes flooded so it is more difficult for the predators to get the chicks. The Cranes which feed on the insects in the permanent marsh fed by the permanent spring. (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes

They have all-weather roads all year round but other roads are NOT accessible in the wet season (about NOV-MAR). It is dry about JUN-OCT.

There is the nearby Mfuwe Airport.

There are also flights between Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa.

Try these camps for camping options: Croc Valley Camp, Track and Trail River Camp and Wildlife Camp.

If going to the Nsefu sector of the park (south of the river), there is a very nice little camp, Zikomo Safari Camp.
Camps, like the Wildlife Camp in the park, attract large overland groups and these tag along tour operators.

Rainy season starts in December.

Tow-in services: +27(0)97 473 7848 / +260(0)96 676 1647 (Based in Lusaka).

Nearest health center is in Kakumbi at Kakumbi Rural Health Centre, a charitable initiative. Contact : +260(0)21 624 6043. Precaution should be taken against Malaria and Tsetse Fly.

NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.
Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.

If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected] (

Try outside of town at Wency's Autoworks. (2019). For tyre repairs try the local market.

Motorbikes may possibly not be allowed in the park. Write to the Department of National Parks & Wildlife, to get definitive answer.

USD30pp and USD15 vehicle (this is for locals, international and SADC). (2019).

If heading North to the North Luangwa NP around November, beware of a lot of (dry) black cotton soil within the first 30km heading north. When the rains starts in December, in the wet weather, roads are not always passable.

From Lusaka you can reach Chipata in a day and from there you will be in South Luangwa by lunch time the next day. Consider going to the Nsefu sector of the park (south of the river). There is a very nice little camp, Zikomo Safari Camp. (2019).

There are no services or shops in this park.

This is a very busy park, with many camps and visitors. But South Luangwa has the best wildlife.

 Travel Tip!

Game viewing is better in the northern section of the park (the Nsefu Sector). Take plenty of water in hot summer months!

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