Trip reference number: 7211

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Carnivores Of South Luangwa

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Take part in research into its populations of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog as you join a team from the Zambian Carnivore Programme for a behind-the-scenes view of wildlife conservation in action in South Luangwa National Park.

The Luangwa and Mid-Zambezi Valleys Ecosystem is a series of national parks connected by game management areas (GMAs) that form an unfenced, relatively undisturbed wilderness of more than 70,000 square kilometres. This area contains Zambia's largest lion population, its second-largest population of wild dog, and one of its largest populations of leopard. 

The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a non-profit registered trust whose aim is to support the conservation of and research into, large carnivore species, their prey, and additional biodiversity in three key locations: Greater Kafue, the Luangwa Valley and Greater Liuwa.

Kafue National Park is one of the world's largest protected ecological networks and home to the world's largest population of African wild dog and a high density of cheetah. South Luangwa National Park, along with the rest of the Luangwa Valley, hosts Zambia's largest population of lion and leopard, and its second largest population of wild dog. Liuwa Plain National Park and the surrounding area, whose carnivore community is dominated by the spotted hyena, is currently experiencing a rapid recovery from heavy poaching in the past. 

The data collected on different carnivore species in each location, such as population statistics, dynamic trends and environmental factors, is critical for the development of effective wildlife management strategies. The programme starts with Research (identifying threats, trends and dynamics), Conservation (anti-snaring, addressing human-animal conflicts and species re-introduction), and Education (building local wildlife capacity management, ensuring the local community understands threats and conservation issues, and establishing an educational and community awareness programme).

This one week visit to South Luangwa provides you with a unique opportunity to meet researchers and gain a unique insight into wildlife management strategies, while learning about this fascinating ecosystem. 

Read a first-hand account of this fascinating experience.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK
  2. Day 2: Arrive Lusaka
  3. Day 3: Fly to Mfuwe & transfer to South Luangwa National Park
  4. Day 4: Predator and prey identification
  5. Day 5: Bush walk or vehicle safari, lecture on wild dogs
  6. Day 6: Bush walk or vehicle safari, visit Chipembele Environmental Education Centre
  7. Days 7-9: Bush walks, vehicle safaris & boat trips
  8. Day 10: Depart South Luangwa
  9. Day 11: Arrive UK
  • Available*: Nov
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £4,595 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £3,895 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe
    • 1 night hotel in Lusaka
    • 7 nights at Nkwali Camp
    • Most meals
    • Transfers and park fees
    • Field activities with Zambian Carnivore Programme team
    • Donation to the Zambian Carnivore Programme
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Nature drive
    • Walking


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

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