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On the River
North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, the northernmost of the three in the valley of the Luangwa River was founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972. It is a 45-minute flight north of South Luangwa.
The 4,636 km2 park remains wild and untouched. The North Park was not open to anyone other than Game Department rangers for more than thirty years. Today, only two small seasonal camps are permitted in the whole park. It is very rare to see another tourist or vehicle in the vicinity.
This remote park, once almost forgotten and certainly heavily poached, now offers a superb wilderness experience. There is an incredible diversity of habitats in North Luangwa, ranging from mahogany forests, mopane woodlands and the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers. These habitats house rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and numerous antelope.