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South Luangwa National Park

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Tel: + 27 78 630 9734

Kaingo Safari Camp

Barefoot Safaris is able to offer exclusive land based safaris from our own Safari Lodge in Malawi, which can take in Lake Malawi, some of Malawi’s own National Parks and of course the regions jewel in the crown, South Luangwa.

Barefoot Safaris can organise safaris designed to your own exact specification, including walking safaris based at remote bush camps to lodge based safaris in the central area of the park based around Mfuwe.

Mushroom Lodge offers an excellent base for our Safaris to South Luangwa. The Lodge is locally run and situated inside the park allowing visitors a truly wild experience whilst enjoying the comfort of their chalets, the bar or restaurant area.

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Trip Dossiers

South Luangwa from Lilongwe

4 days Land Only (4001c) (SLC)

Camping Safari



South Luangwa & Victoria Falls

8 days Land Only (3000) (VF)



South Luangwa Safari

(Exclusive Luxury Camp & Lodge)



Day 1: Join Tour in Lilongwe

We arrive at our lodge and check in. At an elevation of 1000 metres above sea level, Lilongwe lies on the Central African plateau, to the west of the Great Rift Valley. Officially named as the new capital of Malawi in 1975, this landscaped city is an interesting place to explore. This afternoon is free which offers us the chance to visit the city’s Nature Sanctuary, Capital Hill, or the market area (all optional).

Barefoot Lodge; 1 night

Day 2: South Luangwa NP

From Lilongwe we travel to the Zambian border at Chipata on our way to South Luangwa National Park.  The Luangwa valley is one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries, with concentrations and varieties of game and birdlife that have made it world famous. This is the landscape of the ‘real Africa’, with herds of antelope roaming the plains, predators stalking through the shadows, and primordial flora in every vale. And oxbow lagoons act as natural water holes. The list of animals that frequent the park is endless. Mammals include zebra, buffalo and lion, as well as endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest. The park successfully supports one of the largest concentrations of elephant in Africa and also has an expanding population of leopard. For the next night we stay in our Lodge set in a beautiful location on the banks of a Lagoon inside the national park. We conduct an afternoon / night game drive.

Mushroom Lodge; 1 night (BLD)

Day 3: South Luangwa NP Bush Camp

This morning we depart on one of the biggest adventures: A stay inside an exclusive bush camp we can do a walking safari in the wilderness of South Luangwa. This enables us to get close to the animals, without the confines of a vehicle. Or visit the hides etc..

Accompanied by a qualified guide and an armed scout we venture past lagoons, riverine forest and through Mopani woodland, seeing, smelling and touching Africa to our bush camp on the elevated banks of the Luangwa River.  After our lunch under huge shady Natal Mahogany trees, we undertake another walking safari along the bank of the slow-moving Luangwa.  Tonight while the aroma of our camp meal fills the air, we salute the sun going down over the distant escarpment. 

Kaingo Safari Camp; 2 Nights (BLD)

Day 4: South Luangwa NP

This morning we undertake another walking safari or game drive we continue to explore this remote wilderness area that covers over 9,000 square kilometres. The park encompasses a wide variety of habitats and the Luangwa River describes a torturous course along the valley floor. Near the river the vegetation is lush and dense, and along its many tributaries riverine forest remains emerald green all year round.

DAY 5: South Luangwa Lodge

After another game drive activity, we have breakfast and do a game drive back to our Lodge in side the park to arrive in time for lunch.

The after noon we do a game drive/night game drive to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal world within the park illuminated by spotlight. Viewing game at night allows us to see species that would normally be hidden throughout the day, and may include porcupine, hippo grazing on land and Honey badger. For scenery and sheer variety of animals, South Luangwa is one of the best wildlife parks in Africa. Multitudes of species thrive in this sanctuary, and the size of the national park allows large herds to develop and live in harmony with each other. South Luangwa National Park is one of the world’s great wildernesses and provides the grand finale to this intriguing to Safari.

Mushroom Lodge; 1 night (BLD)

Day 6: Lilongwe

This morning we leave the open vistas and staggering beauty of eastern Zambia behind and return to Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. Our drive takes us across the rich farmland of central Malawi. 

We end our service by dropping you at you preferred place.


South Luangwa National Park is probably the foremost Safari destination in all of Africa; as one of Africa's best kept secrets, it has become a favourite amongst experienced safari goers and offers an experience not to be missed for first timers.

Zambia's Luangwa Valley at the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas, with arguably the greatest density of wildlife on the continent. South Luangwa National Park covers an area of over 9000 sq km through which the Luangwa River meanders, creating a myriad of oxbow lagoons, on it's way south to join the Zambezi. The woodland and plains of the valley pay host to a huge concentration and diversity of wildlife.

The valley boasts the largest concentration of hippo anywhere and the elephant herds, once badly diminished through poaching, are once again thriving. There are huge herds of buffalo and the area is home to the distinctive Thornicroft's giraffe.

Over 400 species of birds have been identified in the valley, including an impressive list of raptors, and migrant populations of brightly coloured carmine bee-eaters nest here in their thousands. There are many different species of antelope, the most common being the puku and of course the park is home to the big cat predators, lion and leopard. In fact South Luangwa is one of the best places in Africa to see the often elusive leopard with night game drives always an exciting option.

Whilst mobile fly camping and walking safaris are popular in the dry season, Luangwa is an all year round destination with some camps (mainly on the edge of the park) remaining open 12 months of the year.  Some bush camps inside the park do remain open outside the normal 'dry' months of June to October, giving you the chance to stay in the park up to the end of the year. 

Early in the year with the river is at it's flood, boat safaris are offered which is an amazing way to see an otherwise quite dry landscape - floating on the water through a flooded Ebony grove is one of the world's most beautiful things to do.  The 'Emerald' season in Zambia during the main rains and the rivers floods (Jan - April) is gorgeous and perfect for keen birders and photographers alike.  Many mammals are also usually seen at this time including the endangered wild dog, so although the grass at that time of year is normally to high for walking safaris, the landscape and vehicle based viewing more than makes up for it.


Barefoot Safaris is a Member of the Malawi Tourism Association

Male Lion (Hollywood Pride)

Carmine Bea-eaters

Game Drive South Luangwa

Sunset over the Luangwa

African Proverbs

“The Axe forgets but not the tree”


“The fearful antelope died of old age; the courageous one didn’t last a year”


“Wealth is like a rat’s tail; by the time you see it, it has already disappeared”


South Luangwa from Lilongwe

4 days Land Only (3000d) (SLL)

Lodge Safari



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