The journey to South Luangwa is a thrill, soaring into the north of Zambia, touching down in a park that is many hundreds of miles from the nearest city. You are greeted and assisted at Lusaka Airport, transferring onto a light aircraft that follows the lines of the Great Rift Valley, crossing swathes of forest and long stretches of open plains. You touch down beside Thornicroft’s giraffes, just one of the species that are endemic to the park. Elephants are close by, and it is not long before you spot a herd of these boisterous characters that amble in and out of the trees. It is a short drive to the camp, and you start to see more of the wildlife cast, like large herds of buffalos, and the peculiar white spots that distinguish bushbuck from their antelope cousins.
Standing on the banks of the Luangwa River in the heart of the park, Luangwa River Camp is a luxurious property that is ideal for a safari introduction. There are only five suites, hidden beneath a canopy of ebony trees, gazing over the hippos that play in the water. Your suite is stylishly furnished, with a veranda and sunken stone bath offering prime vantage points over the river, great places to continue the safari after each activity. Enjoy a complimentary massage upon arrival, then spend the afternoon on an introductory game drive in the surrounding area, before a relaxed evening of private dining on your deck.
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