South Luangwa

Listen to a lion calling in the distance and feel every sense awaken as you open your eyes in one of the wildest places on the planet, ready for a sunrise walking safari.

Regional Highlights

9,050 km2

Known as the Valley of the Leopard, it is in South Luangwa that the legendary Norman Carr, our founding father, pioneered walking safaris and conservation-based tourism in Africa. Today, our award-winning Zambian guides, some trained by Norman himself, offer guests a warm welcome to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Smell the pot of coffee on the campfire at sunrise as you anticipate the day’s activities. At sundowners, sip a gin and tonic while being dazzled by plains game under a glowing red sky. Discover the difference between lion and leopard paws as you trace your finger over their prints on the soil. Admire a family of elephants or a herd of cape buffalo on a safari drive. Marvel at the richness of 450 bird species one minute, and a pack of endangered wild dogs the next.

Stretching out over 9,000 square kilometres, and only an hour’s flight away from Lusaka or Lilongwe, this unfenced and unspoiled wilderness feels a world away from modern life.

Weather + Seasons

Known as the

Valley of the leopard
In the know

Combine drives, evening drives, walking safaris and boating safaris

Jan – Apr
Zambia’s premier
Wildlife destination
Lower Zambezi
Liuwa Plain

GETTING THERE

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Flights by Proflight Zambia

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTSPRIVATE JET CHARTERSLIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARKLOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARKSOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

GETTING THERE

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

AIR NAMIBIA

Windhoek - Lusaka

EMIRATES

Dubai - Lusaka - Mfuwe

Dubai - Lusaka - Kalabo

Dubai - Lusaka - Royal Airstrip

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Addis Ababa - Lusaka

KENYA AIRWAYS

Nairobi - Lusaka

MFUWE AIRSTRIP

Addis Abbaba - Lusaka

RWANDAIR

Kigali - Lusaka (2hr 20 mins)

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRLINES

Johannesburg - Lusaka

PRIVATE JET CHARTERSDOMESTIC FLIGHTS

GETTING THERE

PRIVATE JET CHARTERS

MADAGASCAR

Diego Suarez - Mfuwe

ZAMBIA

Johannesburg - Mfuwe

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTSDOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Oldest safari company in Zambia (est. 1950)

SOUTH LUANGWA CAMPS

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TIME + TIDE CHINZOMBOTIME + TIDE NSOLOTIME + TIDE LUWITIME + TIDE MCHENJATIME + TIDE KAKULI

South Luangwa Activities Activities Day + Night Drives Nothing beats encounters with magnificent African wildlife during both day and night drives. Our award-winning guides provide a wealth of knowledge to enrich the experience. Boating Walking Safaris Sleep out Day + Night Drives Walking Safari South Luangwa Activities Walking Safaris Explore the untamed beauty of the South Luangwa with our experienced guides at your side, sharing their knowledge of flora and fauna. Our amazing guides make every step thrilling, allowing you to become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator. Boating Walking Safaris Sleep out Day + Night Drives South Luangwa Activities Activities Canoeing A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, from predators on the bank to the diverse birdlife. With plenty of water, January to April is the best time to enjoy a boating safari. Boating Walking Safaris Sleep out Day + Night Drives South Luangwa Activities Activities Sleepout Feel the thrill of early explorers while camping out on the Luwi Riverbed with only the wildlife and stars for company. It's an experience you will never forget. Boating Walking Safaris Sleep out Day + Night Drives
Award-winning all Zambian guiding team

History

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Norman Carr, one of our original founders, was a man ahead of his time. This bold innovator of the walking safari also initiated a far-reaching concept that was to pave the way for modern conservation and ecotourism.

Way back in 1950, he encouraged Senior Chief Nsefu – Paramount Chief of the Kunda people in the Luangwa Valley – to set aside a portion of tribal land as a game reserve and built the first game viewing camp open to the public in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). His dream was to secure the future of this unique wilderness by ensuring that the local population would benefit through conservation of the wildlife and habitat of the Luangwa Valley. This led to the birth of Zambia’s first safari company. We are very proud of our history and Norman’s legacy lives on in our people and the camps we operate across the South Luangwa.

We have named our circuit of seasonal camps ‘Norman’s Camps’ in his honour.

The legacy of Norman Carr

Norman believed you never truly knew and understood a country until you’d walked it. We are still following in Norman’s footsteps and the ideals he believed in:

Safari Wakale
Safari the traditional way
Sharing + preserving
the unique wilderness of the Luangwa Valley
Offering
authentic safari experiences
Commitment
to the welfare and development of our community
Recognising
and developing potential in people
Promoting
Zambia as a destination for international visitors
Winner of Best Safari Experience in Africa