Zambia's premier National Park - the South Luangwa, is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Covering 9,050 km2
(3,500 square miles) the Park is unfenced and bordered to the west by a steep escarpment and to the east by the Luangwa River. The Luangwa Valley lies at the tail end of the Great African Rift Valley system, which extends 4,000 km all the way from the Red Sea down to the Pungwe River mouth in Mozambique.
Concentrations of game along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa. The river teems with hippo and crocodile and provides a lifeline for one of the greatest diversities of habitat and wildlife, supporting more than 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.
One exciting success story of recent years is the resurgence of the African Wild Dog population. Over the past decade numbers have strengthened considerably and today, although far from guaranteed, sightings of wild dog are common.