Way back in 1950, a young game ranger called Norman Carr initiated a far-reaching and visionary conservation concept which was to pave the way for modern conservation and tourism. He encouraged Senior Chief Nsefu – the paramount Chief of the Kunda people in the Luangwa Valley – to set aside a portion of his tribal land as a Game Reserve, where he built the first game-viewing camp open to the public in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).

The original ‘Walking Safari’s’ started here in this remarkably game-rich sanctuary, and they are truly the most exhilarating experiences you could experience while out in Africa.

The Luangwa River sustains a whole host of wildlife, birds and vegetation. There are sixty different animal species and over four hundred different bird species. The only notable exception is the rhino, which was sadly poached to extinction in this part of the country.

When to go

All year round. Dry season is April through to October (October can be very hot). This is also the best time to see the game as they are easier to find as they hunt good watering holes. The wet season is November through to April, when the rains are dramatic.


What to do

  • Morning, afternoon and night game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Photographic safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Village and school excursions
  • Chipembele wildlife education trust

Lodges and camps in South Luangwa National Park

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