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North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park

The North Luangwa National Park is extremely remote and wild. This beautiful, rugged park is raw Africa at its best and very definitely off the beaten track. 

The park management is assisted by the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the game has increased very well since the 1970s and 1980s. There is a well managed rhino reintroduction programme, a first of its kind for Zambia. Lion are often seen and all species of large mammal are present in increasing numbers.

Only two small seasonal camps are permitted in the whole park; it is very rare to see another tourist or vehicle in the vicinity and there are definitely no buildings! Most safaris in the park are undertaken on foot although there is also vehicle back up.

A typical campsite in the North Luangwa

Game viewing in the North Luangwa is exciting and includes huge herds of buffalo, a particular feature of the park. Zebra, impala, Cookson's wildebeest and puku are common and preyed on by all the big predators including lion, leopard, hyena and some wild dogs. It's possible to find the rare Lichtenstein's haartebeest near the Muchinga Escarpment.

Birding opportunities abound on the escarpment (and in the valley) with African finfoot, Lady Ross's turaco, Narina trogon and white winged starling being only a few of the more special species.

The North Luangwa is a particularly good area for walking safaris and the best of the area is to be had on foot. Many walks include fishing, hiking and swimming along the Mwaleshi River. Easier access for similar activities can be had in South Luangwa National Park.

Hyena guarding a carcass in North Luangwa

The Natwange Community Campsite which opened in 2002, is managed entirely by and for the benefit of the Mukungule Community. It is a perfect example of a working, community participation programme. This is the only campsite available for self-drive tourists.

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