The South Luangwa National Park lies in eastern Zambia, in the Luangwa Valley at the tail end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The Luangwa River runs through the middle of the 3,475 square mile park and makes its way to the Zambezi, carving out its own path and creating an abundance of lagoons and oxbows along the way. The concentration of wildlife that roams near, in and around the Luangwa River is one of the highest in Africa and the park is home to over 400 species of bird, massive hippo pods, lion, leopard, elephant, the extremely endangered African wild dog and unique species of zebra and giraffe.