A World-Class Safari Led by the Best Guides in Zambia at North and South Luangwa National Park

Whether you’re looking for a luxury stay in the “Valley of the Leopards” or you want to traverse remote roads in the untouched African wilderness, Luangwa has it all.

A World-Class Safari Led by the Best Guides in Zambia at North and South Luangwa National Park

Whether you’re looking for a luxury stay in the “Valley of the Leopards” or you want to traverse remote roads in the untouched African wilderness, Luangwa has it all.

A World-Class Safari Led by the Best Guides in Zambia at North and South Luangwa National Park

Whether you’re looking for a luxury stay in the “Valley of the Leopards” or you want to traverse remote roads in the untouched African wilderness, Luangwa has it all.

ElephantsIn eastern Zambia, you’ll find the North and South Luangwa National Parks, which experts have dubbed to be among the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the entire world. The lifeblood of these parks is the Luangwa River, which you’ll find teeming with wildlife.

The South Luangwa National Park is home to elephants, lions, leopards and more, while the river boasts the highest density of hippos and Nile crocodiles in the world.

 

In North Luangwa, the “North Park” offers a much more raw and wild experience. In this remote and largely untouched area of Zambia, accessible only by air or road, you’ll see a much larger concentration of buffalo than a South Luangwa safari offers, along with spectacular lion prides and several species of East African bird, including the yellow-throated longclaw. North Luangwa is also the only home to the rare black rhino, which have been recently reintroduced following their extinction and are now thriving.

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What Customers Say About Our Zambia Tours

Wondering what to expect when you book a safari in Zambia with Ntanda Ventures? See what some of our customers have to say.

Best Tour Operator

Best tour operator in Africa Kerry and her team are best planners who find those unique experiences that only few locals know. Her knowledge of the lodges and tours in Zambia and Southern Africa is deep and extremely rare. Her team are the most responsive and go out of their way to solve some tough challenges we faced. I cant imagine using anyone else again.

Kheran, Phillipines

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Kheran, Phillipines

Best tour operator in Africa Kerry and her team are best planners who find those unique experiences that only few locals know. Her knowledge of the lodges and tours in Zambia and Southern Africa is deep and extremely rare. Her team are the most responsive and go out of their way to solve some tough challenges we faced. I cant imagine using anyone else again.

Fantastic

I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.

Debra, Australia

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Debra, Australia

I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.

Beautiful

Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help.

Micheline, Canada

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Micheline, Canada

Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help.

A Lovely Surprise

Dear Kerry What a lovely surprise waiting for us at the lodge. We are so touched and will wear the caps with pride! So far, so VERY good! Everything has gone so smoothly: transfers waiting, hotel really great. Finding the Zambians so friendly, helpful, efficient and SMILEY! I'll write to you again after Kitwe. Thank you again.

Gail and Mike, South Africa

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Gail and Mike, South Africa

Dear Kerry What a lovely surprise waiting for us at the lodge. We are so touched and will wear the caps with pride! So far, so VERY good! Everything has gone so smoothly: transfers waiting, hotel really great. Finding the Zambians so friendly, helpful, efficient and SMILEY! I'll write to you again after Kitwe. Thank you again.
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South Luangwa National Park

Leopard

One of the major draws of South Luangwa National Park is its diversity. Visit this gorgeous part of the world from April to July and you’ll enjoy cool mornings and dry, clear days. The golden grass following the rainy season provides a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography enthusiasts, and the area’s famous leopards — which give the valley its name — can be found prowling along the meandering river banks, in the mopane woodlands, or up a tree.

Head on a South Luangwa safari from August to October and Zambia’s dry season is fully in swing. Watch as herds of buffalo and elephant congregate along the river as they prepare to cross during sundown. Expect sweltering temperatures that will rival any traditional sun holiday as you relax outside your lodge overlooking the Luangwa River.

LOCAL – NATURAL – SUSTAINABLE

Luangwa has some incredible sustainable projects and initiatives that are well worth a visit.

PROJECT LUANGWA – Project Luangwa is a registered charity run by a group of lodges. The aim is to help local communities improve their long-term economic prospects, whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. Project Luangwa sponsors pupils and teacher training, Building and renovating classrooms, providing exercise books,  furniture, teaching aids and text books, Building and populating school libraries.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE – Another way to support Project Luangwa is to save a bit of space in your suitcase to bring along some supplies for schools or medical clinics.

CONSERVATION SOUTH LUANGWA – Protecting the future and employing over 80 full time staff, CSL’s success is Zambia-led conservation through employment, training and empowerment of communities. CSL focus is on anti-poaching patrols, aerial surveillance, human wildlife conflict mitigation and the K9 (CANINE) UNIT.

ZAMBIAN CARNIVORE PROGRAM – Conserving large carnivores and the ecosystems they reside in through science, action and local leadership.

CHIPEMBELE WILDLIFE EDUCATION TRUST – Teaching  Zambian children and communities the value of wildlife and their environment so they may be conserved for future generations.

MAKOLEKOLE – Bringing clean, safe water to the remote communities of the Luangwa Valley.

EDUCATION – Numerous school projects are supported by various lodges in Luangwa Valley.

MFUWE FOOTBALL LEAGUE – There are now 20 teams comprising about 400 boys (divided into under 12s and under 15s) that compete at weekends and a netball league for the girls, now reaching 16 teams. All grouped under the Mfuwe Sports Association. Malambo United now plays at provincial level and is member of the Football Association of Zambia. Emmanuel Mphasi, a goalkeeper was recruited to be part of Zambia’s U17 team which won the COSAFA Cup in 2016.  Through Project Luangwa they are always on the lookout for sport supplies, jerseys, boots and balls.

RECYCLING & WASTE MANAGEMENT – initiatives to develop local alternatives.

MFUWE ECOBRICKS – Making bricks out of plastic bottles and general plastic waste. All the safari operators and other businesses are invited to bring their waste to George’s workshop and he processes it into bricks which are then used for decorative walls and sign posts. The Local ladies are involved in helping receive a benefit from the sales.

THE GLASS PROJECT – In 2018, Tribal Textiles invested in tools to transform excess glass bottles into beautiful products. The Lodges take all their glass waste to the Workshop where a range of products are now available at Tribal Textiles, and part of the profits are redistributed to Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust to support their recycling teaching activities in the Valley.

JUNK ART – Project Luangwa has found an amazing artist in Frederick Phiri who can magically turn any piece of scrap metal into some creative piece of art. Frederick takes his inspiration in the wildlife and transforms any old metal into an elegant  bird or animal and much more. His art is available at Project Luangwa’s craft shop.

TRIBAL TEXTILES – Well known for creating hand-painted quality textiles in a sustainable manner empowering the local community.

THE ARTISANS MARKET – Training of local artists to create beautiful products and provide sustainable income

AZIMAI – Handmade luxury soaps and scented candles using natural, indigenous and ethically-sourced ingredients.

MULBERRY MONGOOSE – Handmade jewellery inspired by life in the Zambian bush, with every piece of jewellery sold they make a donation to anti-poaching patrols.

IT’S WILD – Conservation farming. Farmers are trained for climate-smart sustainable agriculture. Organic locally produce produce.

SEKA – Sensitisation and Education through Kunda Arts. Theatre dance.

RAISE A SMILERaise a Smile is a small NGO in Mfuwe. run by Jenny Waterhouse, a retired teacher, who lives in the area. The main focus is to offer children reading skills. Reading is the cornerstone of all learning.To that end Raise a Smile runs reading programmes in 5 local schools. Children from Grade 2 are taught to read, Alongside the reading program 5 libraries filled with great children’s books and plenty of toys and activities that the children do not have access to have grown. In order to make the learning effective each library has at least 3 reading specialists who take children in small groups, and provide out of the ordinary fun ways to learn to read.

Of course being close to the community, means that we do become involved in solving other problems! We have a food fund, helping families who are hungry at this crazy time, and we have facilitated a craft shop, where local ladies have learnt to sew and sell their wares to tourists, to name but a few.

Where to Stay in South Luangwa

South Luangwa is the perfect destination for honeymooners, families and backpackers, with accommodation ranging from luxury safari lodges overlooking the Luangwa River and family safari houses to simple tented bush camps and small satellite walking camps. Our favourite camps include:

Lion Camp in Luangwa

Lion Camp:

Be at one with nature in this luxury camp located in the northernmost reaches of the park, well away from the park gates. While living among woodlands secluded by large sausage and mahogany trees, you don’t have to give up any of the comforts you’re used to back home. Curl up in a private nook in the main lodge, head for a dip in the pool, play a game of snooker or watch wildlife in their element from a hide before collapsing on your sumptuous down duvet in your private suite, kept cool by Evening Breeze cooling units.

Thornicroft

Thornicroft Lodge:

Enjoy panoramic views over the valley and see elephants walking by as you relax on the veranda by the outdoor pool and encounter the zebra, giraffe and predators that call South Luangwa their home.

Zikomo

Zikomo Safari Camp:

Across the river set in an ancient valley, this peaceful camp overlooks the sprawling floodplains and boasts some of the best hippo viewing South Luangwa has to offer.

Marula room

Marula Lodge

A budget friendly, no frills, family-owned and run Safari Lodge and Backpacker’s located five minutes from the main entrance gate to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Marula Lodge stands out as the place where budget conscious travellers, young families and groups will feel at home. The team welcome every traveller with a refreshing home-made ice tea, a personalised introduction talk at the river, going over safety information, details about your trip, and answering any questions you might have.
Marula’s style is simple, clean and friendly. The staff all work together to make sure that you leave remembering not only the amazing wildlife you saw, but the smiles and shared memories made.
Marula Lodge offer village tours on foot and bicycle and Jenny works tirelessly at Uyoba school. Definitely a bucket list stop for your children to visit.
Did you know that Luangwa is Africa’s only UNWTO listed sustainable national park?

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