The Hidden Gems of North Luangwa National Park

An extremely remote park with only a few camps available.

Walking is the major attraction here and it is also home to a unique conservation project for black rhino. If you want ABSOLUTE ABANDONMENT AND ISOLATION, this is the place for you. The WILDLIFE IS PHENOMENAL as well, although the park is highly seasonal and difficult to access. This park combines very well with Luambe and South Luangwa.

North Luangwa is perfectly suited to:

Game DrivesBush WalksBirding

What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:

Big 5

The only park in Zambia that can genuinely claim to offer the whole Big 5 although the chances of seeing the black rhino are very slim. Otherwise lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are all represented in very good numbers.

Luangwa River

The broad and slow flowing Luangwa River provides vistas with some of the most incredbel vistas and photographic opportunities. Invariably, any 180 degree sweeping view along the Luangwa will yield a variety of wildlife species and numerous bird species. One of the most stunning rivers to explore in Africa!

Carmine Bee-Eaters

In season, there are a handful of superb colonies of carmine bee-eaters that provide birders and photographers with hours of entertainment.


Hippos are a standout sighting in the Luangwa, so expect to see them numerous times in different shapes and forms. Their honking and bellowing will provide a backing track for a Luangwa visit.

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

Mwaleshi Camp

An authentic and rustic bush camp offering an intimate game viewing experience in North Luangwa National Park

Buffalo Camp

A small and intimate camp consisting of six chalets all en-suite overlooking the Mwaleshi River and surrounded by open plains, rolling hills and riverine forests.

North Luangwa Travel Packages

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Original Remote Luangwa

A 10 day / 9 night safari through South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Luambe National Parks.

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North Luangwa Photo Gallery

Photographs from around the North Luangwa region

Routes through the Eastern Region

The route through the Eastern Region would typically begin / end in Lusaka or Mpika. It is a strictly seasonal route as it is dependent on you descending the escarpment road and driving through the Luangwa Valley for extended periods of time and therefore shouldn’t be considered before mid July or after the end of October.

The road from Luasaka to South Luangwa is an all tar road hence accessible all year round. Leaving Lusaka, most people head directly for Chipata where there are various campsites and hotels for overnight stops. From Chipata, the next major stop would be the town of Mfuwe where you can enter South Luangwa.

Once you leave Mfuwe the gravel roads begin, although this road (which goes through the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa) is normally very driveable once safari season begins. Once you enter Luambe National Park, you are once again in wildlife country. You have an excellent chance of spotting game on this drive and as you near the end of the Luambe portion, the turn off to Luambe Camp will be visible… so if you have a booking at Luambe Camp, just follow the sign to camp. For those wishing to explore a wilderness region of the Luangwa, but still return via Mfuwe, this is a good point to head to.

If you are following the route right up to North Luangwa and out of the valley, then you will need to continue towards Kanyunsha that marks the beginning of North Luangwa National Park. With pre-booked permission from the operators within the park stating you are staying there, you will then be given directions to proceed to Mano Gate going up and over the steep escarpment. Once you hit the Mano Gate, you would have left the Luangwa valley and you will drive about 40km to connect with the Great North road which, if you join and follow in a southerly direction, will take you to Mpika.

The Lower Zambezi can be accessed through scheduled and private charter flights into either Jeki or Royal Airports.