There is such an abundance of animals in this park that
it could be called crowded! Antelopes, wildebeest
and zebra congregate
along the river and on the open savannah grasslands in the
north, where most safari camps are located.
The muddy Luangwa is home to hundreds of crocs and often
over 100 hippo in a single pool.
The Nile Crocodile is the world's largest reptile - maxing
at around 15ft ( metres) long and 100 years old.
Night drives are renowned for sightings of leopard
and lion on the hunt. Baboons
and vervet monkeys seem
to be everywhere and even rarely seen animals like the honey
badger and civet, are
likely to be seen.
Large hunting packs of African wild
dog - who require a large traversing area - travel easily
through this park and are a special sight due to their endangered
Thornicroft's giraffe are indigenous
to the park, and are one of 8 different races of giraffe
in Africa. They have darker muzzles and are slightly smaller
than their cousins.
Even the zebras are
a sub-species of the common plains (or Burchell's) zebra,
and lack the muddy-brown shadow stripe of its neighbours.
With over 400 species of
birds recorded here you could easily see over 100 different
species in a three day visit.
Some particularly beautiful ones are; carmine
bee-eaters, kingfishers, lilac-breasted
cranes and fish