Elephant Books

Interesting to read if you like Elephants and want to learn more about them!

- The Fate of The Elephant
- Elephant Memories

South Luangwa Elephants

A great place to see Elephants

The South Luangwa National Park is a small trail of the Great Rift Valley. An area of 9050km² – its western border is the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River forms the eastern border. The valley floor is 550m above sea level rising to 740m at the base of the escarpment. The Luangwa River has its source in northern Zambia near the border with Tanzania.


During the rainy season the river swells up with a huge volume of water from numerous tributaries. In the dry season this broad majestic river shrinks, the water levels drop and the river becomes narrow and shallow with oxbow lagoons that have developed and changed with each rainy season. At the end of the dry season there is almost no current left, with wide sandy areas of riverbed left bare.

South Luangwa Park is home to more that 100 different species of mammals. Those that are so plentiful, that you are guarenteed to see them, are buffalo, impala, puku, elephant, waterbuck. Hippo, baboon, vervet monkey, and zebra. The valley is also home to two sub-species found nowehere else in Africa namely, Thornicoft’s giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest. Hippos crowd the Luangwa River with more than 40 hippos per km and there is also a huge concentration of crocodiles in the river. All these animals support many predators and sightings of leopard. Lion and hyena are also frequently sighted.

Bird watching is excellent with waders attracted to the river edges in the dry season. A blanket of Nile cabbage covers the oxbow lagoons which are used as perches and stepping stones by the African jacana and squacco herons. The white pelican and yellow billed storks feed on the fish as the pools water levels drop. The rainy season brings many birds, which migrate in the dry season, such as dwarf bitten, pygmy goose, painted snipe, lesser jacana, lesser gallinule, African and black crake.