Zambia Puku Ridge 5

The South Luangwa is home to 60 types of mammals - including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and antelope and has a reputation of being one of the best places in Africa to spot leopard.

The park is a haven for birders with just over 400 bird species, these include 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. There are also a varity of endemic species such as Thornicroft's giraffe, Crayshay's zebra, and Cookson's wildebeest.

sightings - october 2013

Our expert guides managed to spot four of the big five on 22 days out of the 31 in October. Guests were able to see leopard on 28 days of the month which is phenomenal and an increase from the past two months of sightings. Did you know leopards are mainly nocturnal and their diet include small to medium sized hoofed animals and the young of larger animals. They are solitary animals unless when they are mating or when a mother is still with her young cubs. A female leopard can have about two to three cubs a year after a gestation period of three and a half months.


sightings - september 2013

The migrant bird species are starting to return to the valley for breeding season - these include the very colourful carmine bee-eaters that can be seen flying around in large flocks around the Luangwa River as they create their breeding tunnels on the sides of the river bank. Leopard sightings remain good as guests spotted these on 25 days of the month and elephants were seen everyday! The camp's namesake Puku - is also never too far from camp.


sightings - august 2013

The local wild dog population in the park has grown from strength to strength and recent sightings just proves it. A few lucky guests enjoyed a very special sighting of the pack of wild dogs with five young pups of about five months old - the smallest ever seen in the valley. Elephant sightings remain high with these gentle giants seen every day during the month of August. The South Luangwa has a reputation when it comes to leopard sightings and as usual they didn't disappoint - guests saw leopard on 25 out of the 31 days in August and many of these were a few different leopards all in one day!