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South Luangwa National Park

Encompassing nearly 3,495 square miles, South Luangwa National Park is distinguished by its vast variety of wildlife. Here, intimate viewings on a game walk or broader observation from a four-wheel-drive vehicle are the best ways to discover the rich array of wildlife in this eastern Zambia park.

More than 400 bird species and 60 animal species inhabit the mostly wooded and grassy plains of the preserve. Four of the "Big Five" are present -- lions, leopards, elephants and buffaloes. Unfortunately, poaching has eliminated the area's rhino population. South Luangwa is also home to hippos, antelopes, baboons, vervet monkeys, crocodiles, elands, impalas and crowned cranes.