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North Luangwa National Park


As the name implies, the largely undeveloped North Luangwa National Park (1,780-square-miles) lies north of South Luangwa National Park in the upper Luangwa Valley. The park lies between the 4,600-foot-high Muchinga Escarpment on the west and the Luangwa River on the east, with altitudes ranging from 1,640 to 3,610 feet (500 to 1,100 m). Vegetation includes miombo woodland, scrubland and riverine forest.

Wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra, eland, kudu, Cookson’s wildebeest (much larger populations than in South Luangwa), impala, bushbuck, hippo, crocodile and a large population of spotted hyena. Black-maned lion are seen here more often than in South Luangwa. Nearly 400 species of birds have been recorded, including species not usually seen in South Luangwa, such as the half-collared kingfisher, long-tailed wagtail, whitewinged starling, yellow-throated longclaw and black-backed barbet.


Walking is by far the primary activity, however, there are now enough roads (about 60 mi./100 km) in the park for productive game drive/ walk combinations and limited night drives.


This park is visited by very few tourists. It is in fact unlikely that you will encounter any other groups. 


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