.Between the hills and the river there is a variety of mature woodlands interspersed with waterholes and plains. Nsefu has salt springs which attract large numbers of water birds. Trees include some enormous baobabs and many Ilala palms (Hyphaene ventricosa). Riverine trees are Musikili (Trichelia emetica) and Red mahogany (Khaya nyasica).
Large herds of buffalo, elephant and antelopes can be found, often visiting the river to drink. But South Luangwa is famous for its lions and leopards and most visitors are sure to see them. There are two special members of the Luangwa animal family – Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest. Thornicroft’s giraffe is the only naturally occurring species of giraffe in Zambia. (There are some in Livingstone’s small park but these were introduced from Zimbabwe). Cookson’s wildebeest is only found in the Luangwa valley and is a larger subspecies of the blue wildebeest found in other Zambian parks.  There are 460 bird species recorded in the park.  For a list compiled by Pete Leonard for BirdWatch Zambia CLICK HERE
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