Mark and Delia Owens's long-term goal for their North Luangwa Conservation Project was to assist the Zambian Government to secure, manage, and develop the park so that eco-tourism revenues could sustain the programs of the North Luangwa Conservation Project, and return money to local villagers, so that they would value and conserve their wildlife. By 1995, eco-friendly walking safaris were allowing visitors to enjoy a rare glimpse of wild Africa, while contributing to its protection.
The North Park is an undeveloped conservation area covering 4600 sq. km. in the Luangwa Valley. There are no permanent roads, leaving the land wild, teeming with game and a privilege to explore.
Walking safaris are taken through the bush at a slow pace, stopping to observe not just abundant game, prolific birdlife and varied vegetation but the fascinating insights into the ways of the wild revealed by highly qualified guides.
A few permitted Safari operators take small groups of no more than six on personalized excursions through the Park in traditional style with porters, fine food, and comfortable, rustic bush camps.
North Luangwa is home to many different antelope species, including blue wildebeest, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, puku, waterbuck, sable and eland. Big herds of buffalo and zebra roam the plains. Large prides of lion, the nocturnal leopard, and packs of wild dog keep the balance.
The Luangwa river carves a tortuous route along the valley floor and is choked with hippopotamus, crocodiles and waterbirds. The avifauna count is over 350 including 38 raptors.The Park is not developed for tourism and access is possible with a licensed safari operator only during the dry season from June to October. ("Wildlife Safaris," A pamphlet produced for the Zambia National Tourist Board by Robyn Curtis.)
For more information and a listing of tour operators you may contact:
Zambian National Tourist Board
For more information on effective "Eco-Tourism", see the following web site about
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