South Luangwa National Park

Marula Lodge has the enviable distinction of being located right next to the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park. Established in 1972, the park is internationally renowned as a truly magnificent wildlife haven. Stretching over 9000 square kilometers, the lifeline of the park is the silent but mighty Luangwa River.

With over 60 species of animals and around 400 species of birds, the park will surprise and delight you at every turn. During the summer months, the park is covered with rich, emerald green vegetation that slowly recedes into a dry bushveld as the winter season approaches and takes over.

Regardless of the season, the abundance of animal and bird life will provide visitors who come to the park with exceptional game viewing. Our safari guides have many years of experience between them to ensure every sojourn through the park is a memorable one.


wildlife you can see on a game drive in South Luangwa National Park


Game Viewing, Drives, Safaris And Walks

Very often, your wildlife viewing experience will begin just outside your chalet! If you’re awake early enough in the mornings, you may see the resident herd of elephants venturing right into the camp. Browsing for food, they will if they’re lucky find one of their favourite treats – biscuits that fall from the gigantic Winterthorn trees around the camp. 

For your real safari, we’ll have you up as dawn breaks, give you time to enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee, some breakfast and then it’s off into the park. A morning game drive will usually last from three to four hours where you will see close up the amazing animal and bird life that the park has to offer.

After a morning drive, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish. Have a swim, sit in the shade of a chitenge, drop off to sleep in a hammock cooled by the morning breeze or send your friends an e-mail to let them know what they’re missing! The choice is yours … until the night drive begins.

A night drive is not to be missed. We’ll get you back into the park at around 4PM. The character of the park begins to change as evening approaches and you will feel the nervous tension of the smaller Puku, Zebra and other potential prey. With such an abundance of animals, it’s possible that you will be at the right place at the right time to witness a hunt, chase and perhaps even a deadly strike. Such scenes will leave you breathless yet exhilarated and amazed at the brutal honesty of nature.

Early morning walking safaris with our trained guides and a professional armed scout in the park can also be arranged from June to October. (Not suitable for children under 12 years).

Please also ask us about village tours if you are interested in learning more about the local community.

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image gallery of budget accommodation at Marula Lodge and wildlife in the South Luangwa National Park

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