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South Luangwa National Park

Getting there & away

Most people reach South Luangwa by air. Mfuwe (Masumba) airport is about 20km southeast of Mfuwe Gate and served by chartered flights from Lusaka and, occasionally, from Lilongwe (Malawi). Zambian Airways (01-256586/7, 01-271142) offers regular flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe every day except Monday for US$200 one way.

To get to Mfuwe Gate and the surrounding camps you’re better off in a 4WD. In the dry season the dirt road is usually poor and the drive takes about three hours. In the wet season, however, the drive can take all day (or be impassable), so seek advice before setting off.

Minibuses leave when the are very full one or two times a day between Chipata and Mfuwe village. Fares are squarely priced for foreigners (about US$8). You’d be wise to offer some extra kwacha to the minibus driver to take you on to one of the camp sites near Mfuwe Gate.

South Luangwa National Park