South Luangwa is home to a dazzling array of wildlife. Hippo and crocodile are an immediate spot crossing the bridge over the Luangwa River when entering the park and elephants are hard to miss along the river’s banks. Thornicraft’s giraffe and Crawshay’s zebra (without the brownish “shadow-stripe” of common (Burchell’s) zebra) are both endemic to the park and easily spotted. Herds of Cape buffalo roam the park, along with several prides of lions. The density of leopards is among the highest in the world, although tracking them can be tricky and takes time and patience. An abundance of antelope species including impala and the puku — rarely seen outside Zambia — are almost as commonly seen on a safari game drive or walking safari as the more prevalent waterbuck and bushbuck.