Wilderness” is the best single word to describe this National Park. The drama of its natural, unspoilt beauty is what strikes most visitors when they visit this place. Walking safaris were first conducted here in the mid 1980s but since then only very few safari operators have been adventurous enough to stake their territories her, all of whom operate small, remote bush camps and there are no permanent lodges in the area.
As with the South Luangwa, the National Park is sandwiched between the Muchinga Escarpment and the Luangwa River. The habitats vary from wide grassy plains, through Mopane woodland to rich riverine forests hosting Acacias, Mahoganies and Sausage Trees. The Mwaleshi River is a tributary of the Luangwa that winds its way down the escarpment in a series of waterfalls and then across the valley floor, the river recedes during the dryer months of the year but remains attractive to many species of antelope and the large herds of buffalo that are common in this Park. It is along this watercourse that most walking safaris are conducted and accommodation is in small, remote camps.
In 1989, two American scientists, Mark and Delia Owens, were granted permission to set up a research station in the park. Through their influence and as a means to help curb poaching in the area, the authorities allowed entry to the park to a few more safari operators who bring limited numbers of tourists into the area for guided walking safaris and game drives. Mark and Delia’s efforts in the North Luangwa are documented in their book ‘Survivors Song/The Eye of the Elephant’. Although they have long since left, the project that they established is still going strong and most of the funding for this National Park is supplied by The Frankfurt Zoological Society.
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Names and details of a few camps that are found in this park will be on this page of the website soon.