South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa is home to most of the safari camps and lodges as this area is accessible most of the year. Luangwa is in the top 5 of Africa's best parks with its world-class safari camps and first-class guides. Some offer excellent mobile and fly-camp options. We recommend - Tafika, Lion, Kaingo and Kafunta camps (with Island bush camp and Three rivers camp), Nkwali, Tena Tena, Nsefu, Chinzombo (with Muchenja, Kakuli, Nsolo and Luwi), Mfuwe Lodge and their bushcamps (Chamilandu, Chindeni, Kuyenda, Kapamba, Zungulila and Bilimungwe) make a great combination safari. Activities include early morning game drive or walk and late afternoon/night drives. Some camps offer hides, great for keen photographers as an extra activity. In the 'emerald season' some camps offer safaris with river trips. Thornicroft's giraffe, Cookson's wildebeest, Crawshay's zebra are endemic to Luangwa. Elephant and buffalo occur in strong herds, and antelope are numerous. The main predators are lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog. South Luangwa is the place to see leopard. Birds - over 400 species have been recorded. The best time for birding is from December to March (the 'emerald season'), when the summer migrants are here. Water is everywhere, encouraging waders, flocks of herons, egrets and storks and several species of geese and ducks, yellow-billed storks. The migrant carmine bee-eater colonies which nest in holes in the side of sandy riverbanks are best seen around September to October.
North Luangwa National Park
Remote and largely untouched, with few roads and restricted access, this offers a much wilder experience than the much larger South Park. Camps only operate from June to October and are accessible by air or road. Strong Buffalo herds and prides of lion are common.