“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa” Hemmingway
Activities at Msandile River Lodge
Explore the park with one of our specialized guides, learning to spot the signs of the wildlife as you search for the animals and birds. Take a short boat ride across the Luangwa to our vehicles within the park, where our guides will teach you all about the history of the park, the plants and trees and of course the game. South Luangwa is known for its incredible sightings of what we call the Luangwa 5; the elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo's and the wild dogs! Enjoy morning drives with a coffee or tea break as you stretch your legs after watching the sunrise over the bush. Explore the park as the sun goes down and the nocturnal animals start to arise from their slumber ready to hunt, we take a small drink stop just as the sun goes down with a (preordered) sundowner and snack ready to track with the spotlight in the dark!
Msandile River lodge offers activities for all ages, experienced and newcomer safari guests who want to enjoy a real wildlife experience. Please do let your guide know in advance if you have any special interests and we will do our best to accommodate any requests.
South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. The wildlife sightings here are incredible, particularly the elusive leopard. The untouched wilderness has a feeling of authentic Africa, an intrepid search of true bush exploration at just 9,050-sq km the park is wealth of diversity. Here the great legends such as Norman Carr and Robin Pope once pioneered the walking safari in the 1950's and subsequently the level of guiding here is of an excellent quality. The highly trained guides all know the park like the back of their hand, often recounting the lineage of a leopard back to their great grandparents who they met when training. Known for its stunning scenery and density of animals, the location of the park utilizes the Luangwa River as the blood line of the park, which the animals flock to during the drier season.
All accommodation packages include 2 daily game drives. One morning game drive which will start approximately at 06:00am after coffee or tea and a muffin or rusk and the afternoon drive which will leave at approximately 04:00pm after we have spoiled you with our afternoon tea and coffee.
Crossing the river by boat and the natural park boundary, you will embark in one of the specialized open top vehicles through the park. At an added cost you may upgrade to a private vehicle should you not wish to share with other guests. This is an exciting time where you and the guide will explore all that the valley has to offer and hopefully create some everlasting memories of the incredible wildlife here.
As the home of the walking safari this is the perfect park to explore by foot. A walking safari is a thrilling way to immerse yourself into learning about all the flora and fauna surrounding you. Under the guidance of your guide and an armed ranger learn to spot the signs of an animal on the move, the tracks, scents and sights that give you clues as to what has walked in front and around you. Track some of the bigger game, at a safe distance an exhilarating experience to see a lion or leopard on foot but also learn about the smaller lesser known animals and birds, such as the mongoose and hornbills. You never know what you will encounter!
Park fees are payable per day per person before entering into the park.
For international guests: USD $25 per person per day and for residents USD$ 20 per person per day. In accordance with the South Luangwa National Park rules, Park fees have to be paid in Cash. Our staff will arrange the payment of the park fees for all guests at the main gate, but guests have to bring the cash themselves which need to be paid prior to entering the park.