North Luangwa National Park

The North Luangwa National Park sits at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, in the shadow of the Muchinga Escarpment. The Mwaleshi River ensures the park has year-round water, while the Luangwa River marks the eastern boundary.
Popularly known in Zambia as North Park (with South Luangwa being South Park), it covers an area of 4636 sq. km (1790 sq. mi), made up of riverine forest, savannah, mixed acacia, miombo and mopane woodlands. This variety of habitats lends itself to a robust diversity of large mammals, and the park is the only one in Zambia that is home to the Big 5. However, for many, the attraction of North Luangwa is its extreme remoteness, the lack of infrastructure and the low visitor numbers, which, combined, provide an experience to the classic African experience.

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Visitors to North Luangwa National Park are all but assured of an exceptional wildlife and wilderness experience, thanks to the lack of infrastructure and pristine nature over a vast area. The park is renowned for its walking safaris, boasting some of the best trail guides on the continent and vast tracts of land closed to vehicles. Visitors can also join game drives by day and night, and with the plentiful wildlife, there is seldom a dull moment. Safaris by bicycle are also offered. Within North Luangwa National Park is a selection of full board and self-catering camps. All professional safari operators cease operations in the wilderness area during the Emerald Season (November-April).