North Luangwa National Park
North Luangwa National Park is a remote tract of land covering 4,636 square kilometres and is one of the most spectacular and untamed wilderness areas in Zambia, if not Africa itself. It is not open to the public and there are no permanent camps in the park. Access is only available through one of the few safari operators granted permission to conduct walking safaris in North Luangwa.
Two main rivers, the Luangwa and Mulandashi, run through and along the park. The latter cascades down in a series of rapids and waterfalls before reaching the valley floor by means of the delightful Chomba Waterfall. This cool crystal waterfall, in the heart of North Luangwa Park, boasts some of the largest herds of antelope along its river course.
The diversity of habitats in this park leaves you feeling bewildered and dazzled. There are areas of pure mopane forests, lush riverine forests and sausage trees laden with long dangling sausage-looking fruit. This leads to an awesome variety of birds from the Pel’s fishing owl to the purple crested turaco.
There are a number of tributary rivers running through the park and into the Luangwa which play an important ecological role in the Area. The crystal clear Mwaleshi river trickles down the escarpment in a series of small waterfalls. It recedes in the dry season, leaving many pools along the way, drawing the animals from the bush to its banks in search of water. No game drives are permitted in the Mwaleshi area, access is by organised walking safaris only.
North Luangwa Wildlife
The park is noted for its massive herds of buffalo, a spectacular sight if they’re seen on the run, kicking up dust for miles behind them. Large prides of lion inhabit the territory and it is not uncommon to witness a kill. Other common mammals are hyena, Cookson’s wildebeest (Connochaetes taurines cooksoni) – a subspecies of the Blue Wildebeest, bushbuck, Crawshay’s zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku and impala.
Elephant and leopard are also seen, but not as frequently as in the South Park; however, you are more likely to see hartebeest, reedbuck and eland here. All the birds in the South Luangwa have been recorded here as well. Sighted regularly are the crowned cranes, purple crested louries, broad billed roller, Lilian’s lovebird, the carmine bee-eater, giant eagle owl and Pel’s fishing owl. Occasionally seen are the bathawk, black coucal and osprey.
|Visa requirements||Only citizens of countries that are exempted from having to apply for a visa, then one must obtain a visa either at the port of entry or at a Zambian Mission abroad. For further information please visit the Zambia Tourist Board page on http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel-info/visa-information|
|Languages spoken||Nyanja, English, Soli, Chewa|
|Currency used||Zambian Kwacha|
|Area (km2)||4,636 km2|