Experts have described South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its cob ponds, is one of the most intense in Africa.
The Luangwa River is the largest undisturbed river system in Africa and is the blood of this 9059 km2 park.The park is home to a large variety of fauna, birds and vegetation. The now famous "Walking Safari" was born in this park and continues to be one of the best ways to experience Africa's pristine wilderness. The changing seasons add to the wealth of the park, ranging from dry, naked bush in winter, to a lush and green wonderland in the summer months. South Luangwa National Park is home to 60 animal species and more than 400 bird species. The only notable exception is the rhino, which is unfortunately becoming extinct.
With about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds appearing in the Park, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species, there is plenty for the birdwatcher to spot, whatever the season.
An interest in Zambia's vegetation will highlight your experience in the bush.Some magnificent trees and plants grow in the Luangwa Valley and it certainly adds to the richness of one’s experience to be able to recognize the different tree species and to discover exotic wildflowers.
Among the most common trees in the valley are the mopane, the lead wood, the snow thorn, the large vegetal ivory palm, the marula and the magnificent tamarind tree.There are some wonderful baobab specimens and some great ebony forests to admire.