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About South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is situated in Zambia. This is one of Africa's top game parks and is an ideal stopover for backpacking tours.

South Luangwa National Park Budget Travel

Below is a list of South Luangwa National Park's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

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South Luangwa National Park international airports include:
•Lusaka International Airport


South Luangwa National Park birdlife is extremely prolific, and is one of the top birding areas in Africa. There are over 400 different bird species in the valley and park, including carmine bee-eaters, kingfishers, lilac-breasted rollers, bateleur eagles, saddle-billed storks, crowned cranes and fish eagles. Birds of prey such as the Steppe eagles and Steppe buzzards can also be found.


South Luangwa National Park conservation is highly important to protect the large numbers of game as well as birdlife found in the park. Rhino have been hunted to extinction in the park, however large herds of elephant can be found, as well as shy leopard, healthy lion troops and a large number of antelope species.


South Luangwa National Park malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


South Luangwa National Park money and banking info includes the following:
•Banks are generally open Monday to Friday from 08h30-15h00
•Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, airport and selected hotels
•US Dollars are widely accepted in nearby towns
•Credit cards are accepted to some degree although not by all outlets
•Foreign exchange facilities can be found at banks, airports and some hotels


With a constant water source, and a lush valley most of the year round, South Luangwa National Park plant life is dense and green. Major ecosystems include oxbow lagoons, wide grazing lawns and associated riverine vegetation, with grasses and savanna found to a lesser degree.

Safety Tips

•Like many countries with a high unemployment rate, petty theft can occur in the South Luangwa
•Keep all valuables locked up when you leave your camp or car
•Do not swim in the rivers, aside from hippos and crocodiles, there may also be bilharzia
•When on game drives, stay in your car at all times except at designated rest stops
•Drive carefully, roads can be poor and wildlife can appear in the middle of the road so keep speed levels down
•If you are staying near or in the game park grounds, do not wander out of the camp alone as there may be dangerous wild animals lurking around outside camps

Travel Books

South Luangwa National Park recommended travel books include:
•Zambia Bradt Travel Guide 4th Edition by Chris McIntyre
•Zambia in Pictures by Bella Waters
•Basic Facts on Zambia by Mwelwa Musambachime
•Globetrotter Zambia by William Gray


As one of the densest game areas in Africa, it is no surprise that South Luangwa National Park wildlife is incredibly diverse and abundant. Some of the main species to be found within the valley and park plains include reedbuck, roan, sable, hartebeest, grysbok, klipspringer and oribi, while large numbers of lion, leopard and huge herds of elephant can also be seen.


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