South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
In the morning, we depart from Petauke to the South Luangwa National Park border where we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River to spend the following two evenings. We stop briefly in the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton. For those interested in the Tribal Textiles of the African Culture, during the months of March to December you can enjoy a tour of their workshops. Hippo and other animals can frequently be spotted from the camp’s bar. In the afternoon, we are treated to a gorgeous sunset game drive through the Park. During the following morning you will have a chance to embark on another (optional) game drive. The South Luangwa National Park is well-known for its large population of leopard and hippo. We end the day with another sunset drive in the park enjoying a sundowner. The opportunity of exploring the park at night allows you to spot the nocturnal animals you don’t see during the day.
Located in eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is a world famous wildlife sanctuary that is well-known for its beautiful walking safaris. There is a large population of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe as well as herds of elephant and buffalo. The Luangwa River sustains plenty of crocodile and hippo. Established as a game reserve in 1983, the area was declared a National Park in 1972 and presently covers over 9000 square kilometres. Hippopotami flourish in this Park due to the areas of flooded grassland habitats that are situated nearby to the river, on which they happily graze during the evenings. We may be able to spot pods of over 500 hippos during the dry season as this is when the river dries up and leaves them restricted to areas of deep pools.
On average, there are most likely up to 42 hippos per kilometre. These magnificent creatures are crucial to the Park’s ecosystem as their excrement released into the river fertilises the waters and supports the fish population which, in turn, sustain the crocodiles. The South Luangwa National Park is also believed to contain the largest population of leopard throughout the entire African continent. It is estimated that there is one leopard for every kilometre of river in the Luangwa Valley. Therefore, the possibility of spotting this elusive and majestic nocturnal creature is fairly high.
Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park ±170 km
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Included Highlight: Luangwa Village Tour (Textile visit)
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa