The seasonal floodplains create an environment that supports a huge diversity of wildlife including over 100 species of mammals and over 470 species of birds as well as many reptiles, insects, amphibians and plants. A different experience from parks elsewhere in Africa, Luangwa offers a real immersion into the bush life in an attractive habitat of sausage trees and ox-bow lagoons.
The park is reputed to have the highest concentration of leopards in Africa. Pods of up to 100 hippos are possible to view in the dry season as the river shrinks and they are confined to areas of deep pools. The park’s elephant population is very healthy and it is the best place in Africa to see puku. Large herds of buffalos move between the river and their grazing grounds and they are followed by lions. Zebras, waterbucks, impalas, baboons and warthogs share the open plains with kudus and giraffes.