Considered to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, this 9,050km2 park is centered around the Luangwa river. Home of the “walking safaris” and famous for its night drives. It is believed that there are about 60 different animal species and 400 different bird species. The South Luangwa park is home to the Thornicrofts giraffes, 14 species of antelopes, hyenas, lions, tiger and plenty elephants, leopards, servals, and crocodiles to name a few.
Seasonal changes are very pronounced in Luangwa. The dry season begins in April and intensifies through to October, the hottest month, when game concentrations are at their height. Warm sunny days and chilly nights typify the dry winter months of May to August. The wet seasons begins in November and lasts until the end of march. Lodges stay open for as long as access is possible depending on its location.
South Luangwa can be reach by plane or car. Mfuwe airport recently achieved international status and various airlines were looking at scheduled flights from abroad. Proflight Zambia is the only airline flying scheduled domestic flights in Zambia. By car, it can be approached by three directions. The usual route is from Chipata. This is a good road if a little corrugated and the 123km drive takes about two hours to Mfuwe, just outside the Park. If travelling in a robust 4×4 from Lusaka, it is possible to take a short cut from the Great East Road at Petauke, up alongside the Luangwa River to Mfuwe. The Northern access is from Mpika on the Great North Road or Lundazi, near Zambia’s eastern border with Malawi.