Trip reference number: 23571
Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide
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Join us on our 30th Anniversary ‘Festival of Wildlife’ to South Luangwa National Park in the company of an artist, sculptor, author, photographer and Wildlife Worldwide team members.
More than 60 species of mammal are known to inhabit South Luangwa and in excess of 400 species of birds. Hippos are hard to miss with their concentration being higher here than anywhere else in Africa. Predators abound too with the Valley having earned a justifiable reputation as 'The Valley of Leopards'. The area is rich with lions and hyena, and if we are lucky, we may well see wild dog as the park holds a higher population of these highly endangered mammals than any other park on the continent.
We should have some magnificent elephant encounters too as the grounds of our wonderful accommodation - Mfuwe Lodge - has become a famous foraging location for Luangwa's elephants at this time of year. The many other species found here range from the endemic Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest, and near endemic Crawshay's zebra, to puku, greater kudu and impala.
Our Festival is taking place at the very beginning of the green season which is particularly good for photography and is the most fruitful time for the birds. Among the most striking birds present at this time of year, and one for which the Valley has become justifiably famous, is the carmine bee-eater which congregates in huge colonies along the riverbanks. Carmines are particularly visible in early morning and late afternoon when their shining carmine pink and electric blue colours are shown off to their very best.
Our game-viewing isn't just restricted to driving in daytime as this is one of the few national parks that allows night driving... and this opens up a whole new world. African civet, genet, bushbaby and honey badger are all possible sightings, as are hunting predators and of course Pel's fishing owl, giant eagle owl, scops, wood and occasionally white-faced owl. This is also the best time of year to see the incredible pennant-winged nightjars, with their long wing streamers, that arrive to breed here.
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