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North Luangwa National Park offers an unexploited safari wilderness, with beautiful camps offering unsurpassed walking safaris in the heart of the African bush.

African wild dog and cheetah are particularly good species to record in the area, with other major predators and game also well represented.

The park is also home to Zambia’s only black rhinos, having been reintroduced into the Luangwa in 2003.  

Separated from its southern cousin by the Munyamadzi Corridor, North Luangwa is bordered by the Luangwa and Mwaleshi rivers and the Muchinga Escarpment  It is generally reached by light aircraft from South Luangwa and makes a great addition to a safari there. Its 6,000 square kilometres of wilderness supports flora and fauna in diverse habitats, including forests of red mahogany and sausage trees.

For over 30 years North Luangwa was an official wilderness area with access restricted solely to the Game Department. Then Mark and Delia Owens, famed for their research in the Kalahari (recounted in their book Cry of the Kalahari) were granted permission to set up a research station and their experiences are poignantly narrated in another book Survivors Song. This led to the creation of a small tourist camp in the park and continuing conservation projects in the area.

The North Luangwa is one of very few areas left in the world where you can escape into a vast wilderness teeming with wildlife and untouched by human presence.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, leopard, lion, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, Cookson’s wildebeest
  • Where: Northern Province, Zambia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Sacred Combe Safari

This small group trip visits Zambia’s sensational South Luangwa and North Luangwa National Parks to enjoy walking safaris, and is jointly led by author Simon Barnes and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen. Their shared passion for the area and its abundant wildlife guarantee an illuminating and fun experience!

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mwaleshi Camp

Located deep in the bush of North Luangwa National Park, this tiny seasonal camp stands on a beautiful stretch of the perennially flowing Mwaleshi River. It is a real wilderness retreat, and the abundant wildlife includes lion, elephant buffalo, plus herds of endemic Cookson’s wildebeest.