The less travelled, even wilder little brother of its southern counterpart, the North Luangwa National Park is genuinely remote and pristine. Half the size of the South Luangwa but with one camp and few visitors, this is big game country, ideally suited to authentic walking safaris. The Mwaleshi River flows throughout the year, even during a dry season that tests wildlife to the fullest, drawing large gatherings of game to its permanent water sources. With very few roads in the park, access generally only feasible by air and an exclusive selection of specialised walking guides, your wildlife experiences on foot here are likely to be more exciting than anywhere else.
Although less accustomed to humans and more alarmed by approaches on foot than in a vehicle, the North Luangwa wildlife is still abundant. Encounters undoubtedly have a special fission, with lion and buffalo dominating in terms of big game. Interaction between the permanent prides and vast herds of potential prey allows for fascinating game viewing experiences. The North Luangwa is probably not the ideal destination for first-time safari participants seeking guaranteed sightings of diverse animals. However, for Southern Africa addicts, the rustic but comfortable accommodation and outstanding resident guides make the North Luangwa an attractive addition to itineraries visiting Zambia’s more well-known highlights.