Introducing South Luangwa National Park
For scenery, variety of animals, accessibility and choice of accommodation, South Luangwa (per person/vehicle US$25/15; 6am-6pm) is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. Impalas, pukus and buffalo wander on the wide open plains, leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands, herds of elephant wade through the marshes, and hippos munch serenely on nile cabbage in the Luangwa River.
The focal point is Mfuwe, a village with shops, a petrol station and a market. About 1.8km further on is Mfuwe Gate, the main entrance to the park, where a bridge crosses Luangwa River and several cheaper lodges/camps and camp sites are set up. Most of the park is inaccessible between November and April (especially February and March), so many lodges close at this time.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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