Called by some as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, South Luangwa National Park is one of Zambia’s main draws. This 9,050 sq km park is centered around the Luangwa River and is home to one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife. Thanks to its remote location, South Luangwa manages to combine immense density of wildlife with limited visitor numbers, and it’s also one of the few national parks that allow night safari game drive.

South Luangwa is primarily dry woodland, watered by the meandering Luangwa River and its many oxbow lakes. The dominant tree is the mopane, but stately giant baobabs also dot the landscape here and there. In the dry season, most plants and trees seem to shrivel up and wildlife congregates around watering holes. This presents a great opportunity for prime African safari game viewing.