his remote tract of land, covering 4636 square kilometres, offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Zambia, if not Africa itself. It is not open to the public and there are no permanent lodges there. Access is with one of the few safari operators granted permission to conduct walking safaris.
The beauty of visiting this Park is the truly remarkable opportunities to experience Africa as it was. It is wild and untouched and you are simply an unobtrusive witness to its natural beauty and drama. Although declared a wilderness area, the North Park, was not open to anyone other than Game Department rangers for more than thirty years. In 1984, Major John Harvey and his wife Lorna sought permission to conduct walking safaris in the area and for many years were the only operators in this remote wilderness.
Then in 1989, two scientists, Mark and Delia Owens, famous for their book ‘Cry of the Kalahari’, were granted permission to set up a research station in the Park. Through their influence and as a means of helping to curb poaching in the area, the authorities allowed entry to a few more safari operators who bring limited numbers into the Park for guided walking safaris and game drives. Their efforts in the North Luangwa are documented in their book ‘Survivors Song / The Eye of the Elephant’.
WATER. Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. ... Some campsites will let you know if their borehole water is safe to drink – but if they don't – then be sure to ask before drinking it.
The operators working in North Luangwa only conduct their safaris in the Dry season, from June to October. The remoteness of the park and lack of infrastructure makes it almost impossible to visit during the Wet season. July to October is the middle and end of the Dry season, and these are the best wildlife viewing months – animals congregate around the remaining water sources. However, October is extremely hot which some people find difficult.