When to visit South Luangwa
The best time for watching wildlife in South Luangwa National Park is during the dry season, which takes place from July to October.
A seasonal safari destination
Most lodges in South Luangwa National Park only operate seasonally. As a general rule lodges are open from the end of March until the end of October. Detailed information about lodge closures can be found on the individual lodge description pages.
South Luangwa seasons
The best time for watching wildlife in South Luangwa National Park is during the dry season, which takes place from July to October. The Luangwa River becomes a gathering place for animals during the dry season, as they emerge from the high-temperature, bush areas in search of the refreshment of the river’s clean water. Some lodges will remain open during the ‘Emerald Season’ when the rains turn the dry landscape into a lush, green oasis and the birthing season begins. Here are some pros and cons for the wet and dry season.
April to October - Dry season
- The thick bush thins out and wildlife is easier to spot.
- Animals will gather around the river.
- Best time to spot the more elusive species on your list.
- Expect bright days and lots of sunshine.
- Less chances for malaria, since there are fewer mosquitos.
- River areas can be more crowded.
- The air can be dusty and arid.
November to April - Wet Season
- A lush and green landscape.
- Fewer tourists and lower rates.
- Spot some cute newborn animals.
- Birdwatching is at its best.
- The heat and humidity can be intense.
- Wildlife viewing can be more challenging.
- There are fewer lodging options and some roads may become inaccessible.