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.

Recent Sightings at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Baines - Nov 2013

Guests were very fortunate to have many sightings of elephants, buffaloes, hyenas and leopards during the month of May. Predators including lions and wild dogs were spotted less frequently but guests were still able to see them a few times. Guests got to see: Three different lions on kills, five different leopard kills and also two different wild dog kills.

Chief's Camp December 2013 S

October is a great time of year to spot all species of animals as the Luangwa River is the only source of water for the animals. The bush is still very dry - making it easier to spot wildlife. Prey are very vulnerable at this time as they are weak from the heat and lack of food. Elephant and buffalo sightings were excellent this month; as well as lion and leopard sightings. The normally rarely seen wild dog was seen a few times during the month too.

Buffalo South Luangwa

Buffalo and elephant herds were spotted very often during April. Buffalo are known to be very protective of their young, forming impenetrable barriers of horns and hooves to protect them from the claws of attacking lions. Predators including leopards, lions and wild dogs were seen frequently with the wild dogs seen killing an impala. Cheeky hyenas were seen a few times throughout April.

Wild Dogs South Luangwa

Elephants were seen every day during June. Buffalo and leopard sightings were abundant - a real treat for guests of the camp. Wild dog sightings are becoming a lot more common in our game drive areas; and our guide, Elias, discovered a den with wild dog pups! Wild dogs also seen running through the camp chasing puku and impala. They stayed the whole a day, resting under the shade in the flood plain in front of the camp.

Carmine Bee Eaters South Luangwa

Leopard kills have been seen every week in the game drive areas. Buffaloes and elephants were sighted every day this September. Predators including lions, leopards and hyenas were frequently spotted and even wild dogs were seen a few times. Migrant bird species such as the beautiful carmine bee-eaters are beginning to return to the Luangwa Valley for breeding season. They are seen flying in big flocks around the Luangwa River as they create their breeding tunnels on the sides of the river bank.

Leopard South Luangwa

Buffalo, elephant, leopard and hyena sightings were plentiful in July. There were also a number of kills made by leopards in front of the camp. There have been a lot of wild dog sightings in the driving areas and puppies were also spotted. There were also a good number of lion sightings during the month.