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The Luangwa Valley, an extension of the Great East African Rift Valley, is the honey-pot of Zambia

The Honey-pot of Zambia

The Luangwa Valley, an extension of the Great East African Rift Valley, is the honey-pot of Zambia. Here dramatic seasonal variations, a dynamic river system, fertile soils and lush vegetation ensure a prolific supply of wildlife. Home to the majority of big game – including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – the Luangwa Valley also boasts two endemic sub-species: Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest. An impressive concentration of both hippos and crocodiles makes the Luangwa River one of the most wildlife-dense in Africa.

Smaller mammals and over 450 recorded species of birds add to the game viewing experiences, reinforcing the Luangwa Valley’s impressive reputation as the home of Zambia’s wildlife. The Luangwa Valley is home to four National parks: South Luangwa, North Luangwa, Luambe and Lukusuzi. Remote Africa Safaris operates in both the South and North Luangwa National Parks. South Luangwa National Park covers 9,050km2 in eastern Zambia.

North Luangwa National Park covers 4,636km2 in northern Zambia. It lies in Africa’s Great Rift Valley ecosystem, on the western bank of the Luangwa River. There is a wide range of species diversity within the park, including Zambia’s elephant stronghold, the world’s largest concentration of hippos, Zambia’s only black rhino population and one of the highest lion densities in the region. The park and adjacent Game Management Areas (GMA) cover roughly 22,000 km2

South Luangwa Quick Facts

  • South Luangwa National Park is 9050km2
  • Known as the ‘Valley of the leopard’ for its high
    density of leopard
  • The Luangwa Valley holds the highest carnivore
    population of Zambia (ZCP 2018)
  • Home to Zambia’s endemic Cooksons wildebeest and Thornicroft’s giraffe (now said to be Masai giraffe – GCF)
  • Largest hippo population of Africa
  • 469 species of birds (Birdwatch Zambia 2019)

North Luangwa Quick Facts

  • North Luangwa National Park is 4636km2
  • Only park in Zambia where you can see black rhino
  • Home to Zambia’s endemic Cooksons wildebeest
  • Luangwa Valley is one of the top 10 lion strongholds
    of Africa (ZCP 2018)
  • 416 species of birds (Birdwatch Zambia 2019)

Zambia - Luangwa Valley


NORTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
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Seasonal Information

There are two distinct seasons that are experienced in the Luangwa Valley. Temperatures during these seasons vary from lows of 10°C, in June and July, to highs of 40°C, in October.

Even during the coldest period the days remain warm, sunny and perfect for all safari related activities. The late dry season is the warmest period and makes for the best game viewing, as all outlying water dries up and forces the game towards the riverine belt. While the emerald season, which can start as early as the end of October and typically draws to a close at the end of March, sees an impressive 700mm to 900mm of rain. Rare but always welcome showers may also be experienced in April and May. The Emerald season boast spectacular and dramatic thunderstorms, ones that could give the best firework displays a run for their money!

All camps closed

January in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
28°C | 82.4F Warm and humid.

Average Rainfall:
200 – 250mm

Camp Availability:
All camps closed

Wildlife:
The mammals are very dispersed thanks to the abundance of
water. Many palearctic migrant bird species move into the Luangwa. Breeding time for many animals, e.g. buffalo.

All camps closed

February in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
28°C | 82.4F Warm and humid.

Average Rainfall:
200 – 250mm

Camp Availability:
All camps closed

Wildlife:
Bird watching is excellent but, thanks to the abundance of water, mammals are significantly harder to see. The Yellow Billed Storks
commence their nest building in the first week of February.

All camps closed

March in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
28°C | 82.4F Warm and humid.

Average Rainfall:
50 – 80mm Mostly sunny days

Camp Availability:
All camps closed

Wildlife:
Bird watching is great and mammals are still very dispersed.

April in the Luangwa Valley

April in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
27°C | 80.6F Warm and pleasant.

Average Rainfall:
Odd shower in the first week. Mostly sunny.

Camp Availability:
Camp refurbishments begin in earnest.

Wildlife:
The vegetation is still very green but the ground is starting to dry up.

May in the Luangwa Valley

May in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
25°C | 77F

Average Rainfall:
0

Camp Availability:
1 May – Tafika Camp reopens

Wildlife:
The vegetation is lush and green and both driving and walking
safaris are possible. The game, in excellent condition, is a little
shy after five months without visitors. The massive Yellow billed stork colony is a wonderful spectacle. Flying overhead, with their cargo of sticks and grass, they provide a fascinating scene of organized pandemonium.

June in the Luangwa Valley

June in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
22°C | 71.6F Crispness to early mornings and evenings.

Average Rainfall:
0

Camp Availability:
1 June – Chikoko Trails Camps open.
15 June – Mwaleshi Camp opens.

Wildlife:
Bird watching is excellent and mammals are still a little more
dispersed. The vegetation is emerald green and game viewing is
good. Leopards and lion viewings start to become more prevalent.
The lagoons provide great bird watching and our resident leopards
get used to us again quickly.

July in the Luangwa Valley

July in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
22°C | 71.6F Cold mornings and evenings, lows of 10°C.

Average Rainfall:
0

Camp Availability:
22 July – Takwela Camp opens.

Wildlife:
The beginning of peak season. Wild dogs are being sighted again after their breeding. Game viewing really starts heating up and leopard sightings are increasing.

August in the Luangwa Valley

August in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature
26°C | 78.8F Winter is over and temperatures are very comfortable.

Average Rainfall
0

Camp Availability
All camps are open.

Wildlife

  • Peak game viewing season prior to heating up.
  • The lagoons start drying up and most animals are congregating around the river to drink making predator sightings common.
  • Wild dogs become more active post denning.
  • Elephants crossing the river
    becomes a more frequent sighting.
  • Buffalo herds start growing in size.
  • Grey crowned cranes start congregating in numbers around the delta.
September in the Luangwa Valley

September in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
30°C | 86F Things are dry and heating up.

Average Rainfall:
0

Camp Availability:
All camps are open.

Wildlife:

  • Peak game viewing month in the valley.
  • The riverine area becomes a hub and the vegetation is dry. Huge herds of buffalo are seen with lions in close pursuit.
  • Common and often action-filled predator sightings.
  • Carmine bee-eaters are breeding. Sit in a hide for some great photographic opportunities.
October in the Luangwa Valley

October in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
33°C | 91.4F Hottest month in the valley where is can get over 40°C.

Average Rainfall:
0 – 30 The drama of the first thunderstorms!

Camp Availability:
31 Oct – Chikoko Trails, Mwaleshi and Takwela Camps close.

Wildlife:

  • October is characterised by the build-up of clouds and the excitement of the initial thunderstorms, which are very impressive. They offer some relief from the heat. After the first rains, a green hue bursts from the ground.
  • Many of the herbivores are struggling now and predators are feasting.
  • Several trees start blooming.
November in the Luangwa Valley

November in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
28°C | 82.4F

Average Rainfall:
0 – 50 Scattered showers. Cloud build up.

Camp Availability:
15 Nov – Tafika Camp closes.

Wildlife:
Most camps in the Nsefu sector are closed. Impalas drop their young within days of each other; and for the duration of the month the bush comes alive with nursery groups.

All camps closed

December in the Luangwa Valley

Average Temperature:
30°C | 86F Humid

Average Rainfall:
Camp Availability:
All camps closed

Wildlife:
The Remote Africa Safaris’ general staff go back to tending to their fields of maize and millet.

Fauna and Flora

The Luangwa Valley is rich in its variety of wildlife and vegetation.
Come prepared with your Remote Africa Safaris checklist and see how much you can spot.

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Amphibians of the Luangwa Valley Birds of the Luangwa Valley Grasses of the Luangwa Valley Mammals of the Luangwa Valley Reptiles of the Luangwa Valley Small Plants of the Luangwa Valley Trees & Shrubs of the Luangwa Valley

Amphibians of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Frogs
    Banded Rubber Frog
    Bubbling Kassina
    Foam Nest Frog (Gray Tree Frog)
    Painted Reed Frog
    Marbled Snout Burrower
    Rain Frogs
    Muller’s Platanna
    Common River Frog
    Puddle Frogs
  2. Toads
    Guttural Toad
    Red Toad
    Flat Backed Toad

Birds of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Apalis
    Bar Throated
    Yellow Breasted
  2. Avocet
  3. Barbet
    Black Backed
    Black Cullared
    Crested
    Whyte’s
    Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird
    Yellow Rumped Tinkerbird
  4. Batis
    Chinspot
  5. Batis
    Chinspot
  6. Bee-eater
    Blue cheeked
    European
    Little
    Madagascar (ulive)
    Southern Carmine
    Swallow Tailed
    White Fronted
  7. Bishop
    Black Winged (Firecrowned)
    Southern Red
    Yellow (Yellow Rumped Widow)
  8. Bittern
    Dwarf
    Little
  9. Boubou
    Tropical
  10. Broadbill African
  11. Brubru
  12. Bulbuls
    Dark Capped (Black Eyed)
    Greenbul – Cabanis’s
    Greenbul – Little
    Greenbul – Sombre
    Greenbul – Yellow Bellied
    Grey ulive
    Terrestrial
  13. Bunting
    Cinnamon Breasted (Rock)
    Gulden Breasted
  14. Bustard
    Black Bellied (Korhaan)
    Denham’s
  1. Buttonquail
    Kurrichane
  2. Buzzard
    Augur
    Common
    Honey
    Lizard
  3. Canary
    Brimstone (Bully)
    Yellow Fronted
  4. Chat
    Arnot’s
    Boulders
    Common Stonechat
    Familiar
  5. Cisticula
    Rattling
    Red Faced
    Rock Loving
    Short Winged
    Trilling
    Zitting (Fan Tailed)
  6. Coot
    Red Knobbed
  7. Cormorant
    Reed
    White Breasted
  8. Coucal
    Black
    Senegal
    White Browed
  9. Courser
    Bronze Winged
    Temminck’s
    Three Banded
  10. Crake
    African
    Black
    Corn
    Striped
  11. Crane
    Grey Crowned (Southern)
    Wattled
  12. Creeper
    Spotted
  13. Crombec
    Long Billed
    Red Capped
  14. Crow
    Pied
  1. Cuckoo
    African Grey
    Barred Long Tailed
    Black
    Common (Eurasian)
    Diderick’s
    Emerald
    Great Spotted
    Jacobin
    Klass’s
    Lesser
    Levaillant’s (Striped)
    Red Chested
    Thick Billed
  2. Curlew
  3. Darter
    African
  4. Dove
    Blue Spotted Wood
    Cape Turle
    Green Spotted Wood (Emerald)
    Laughing
    Mourning
    Namaqua
    Red Eyed
    Tamourine
  5. Drongo
    Forked Tailed
  6. Duck
    Comb (Knobbilled)
    Fulvous Whistling
    Garganey
    Southern Pochard
    Teal – Hottentot
    Teal – Red Billed
    White Backed
    White Faced Whistling
  7. Dunlin
  8. Eagle
    Bateleur
    Booted
    Crowned
    Fish
    Greater Spotted
    Hawk Eagle – African
    Hawk Eagle – Ayre’s
    Lesser Spotted
    Long Crested
    Martial
    Osprey
    Snake Eagle – Black Chested
    Snake Eagle – Brown
    Snake Eagle – Western Banded
    Steppe
    Tawny
    Verreaux’s (Black)
    Wahlberg’s
  1. Egret
    Cattle
    Great White
    Little
    Yellow Billed
  2. Eremomela
    Burnt Necked
    Green Capped
    Yellow Bellied
  3. Falcon
    Amur (Eastern Red Footed)
    European
    Lanner
    Peregine
    Red Necked
  4. Finch
    Cut Throat
    Firefinch – African (Bluebilled)
    Firefinch – Jameson’s
    Firefinch – Red Billed
  5. Finfoot
    African
  6. Flamingo
    Greater
    Lesser
  7. Flufftail
    Red Chested
  8. Flycatchers
    Ashy
    Black Throated Wattle Eye
    Dusky
    Grey Tit (Lead Culoured)
    Livingstone’s
    Pale (Mouse Culoured)
    Paradise
    Southern Black
    Spotted
    White Tailed
  9. Franculin
    Coqui
    Shelley’s
    Spurfowl – Hildebrandt
    Spurfowl – Natal
    Spurfowl – Red Necked
    Spurfowl – Swainson’s
  10. Gallinule
    African Purule Swamphen (Purple Gallinule)
    Allen’s (lesser)
  11. Godwit
    Black Tailed
  1. Goose
    Egyptian
    Pygmy
    Spur winged
  2. Goshawk
    African
    Black
    Dark Chanting
    Gabar
    Shikra (Little Banded)
  3. Grebe
    Little
  4. Greenshank
  5. Guineafowl
    Crested
    Helmeted
  6. Gull
    Grey Headed
    Lesser Black Backed
  7. Hamerkop
  8. HarrierAfrican Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene)
    Marsh
    Montagu’s
    Palid
    Western Marsh
  9. Hawks
    African Cuckoo
    Bat
  10. Heron
    Black (Egret)
    Black Headed
    Guliath
    Green Backed
    Grey
    Madagascar Pond (Squacco)
    Night Heron – Black Crowned
    Night Heron – White Backed
    Purple
    Rufous Bellied
    Squacco
  11. Honeybird
    Brown Backed (Sharp Billed Honeyguide)
    Green Backed (Slender Billed Honeyguide)
  12. Honeyguide
    Greater
    Lesser
    Pallid (Eastern Least)
    Scaly Fronted
  13. Hoopoe
    African
  1. Hornbill
    Crowned
    Grey, African
    Ground, Southern
    Pale Billed
    Red Billed
    Silvery Cheeked
    Trumpeter
  2. Hyliota
    Southern
    Yellow Billed
  3. Ibis
    Glossy
    Hadeda
    Sacred
  4. Indigobird
    Purple
    Village (Steel Blue Widowfinch)
    Zambezi (Green Widowfinch)
  5. Jacana
    African
    Lesser
  6. Kestrel
    Dickinson’s
    Lesser
  7. Kingfisher
    Brown Hooded
    Giant
    Grey Headed (Chestnut Bellied)
    Half Cullared
    Malachite
    Pied
    Pygmy
    Striped
    Woodland
  8. Kite
    Black
    Black shouldered
    Yellow Billed
  9. Lapwing (Plover)
    Blacksmith (Plover)
    Crowned
    Lesser Black Winged
    Long Toed
    Spur Winged
    Wattled ( Senegal Wattled)
    White Headed ( White Crowned)
  10. Lark
    Dusky
    Flappet
    Red Capped
    Sparrow Lark – Chestnut Backed
  11. Longclaw
    Yellow Throated
  1. Lovebird
    Lilian’s
  2. Mannikin
    Bronze
    Magpie (Common)
  3. Martins
    Banded
    Brown Throated (Plain)
    House (Common)
    Rock
    Sand
  4. Moorhen
    Common
    Lesser
  5. Mousebird
    Red Faced
  6. Neddicky
  7. Nicator
    Eastern (Yellow spotted)
  8. Nightingale
    Thrush
  9. Nightjar
    Fiery necked
    Freckled
    Gaboon
    Pennant winged
  10. Oriule
    Black headed
    Gulden, African
    Gulden, Eurasian
  11. Owl
    Eagle Owl – Spotted
    Eagle Owl – Verreaux’s (Giant)
    Fishing Owl – Pel’s
    Grass Owl – African
    Owl – Barn
    Owl – Marsh
    Owlet – Barred
    Owlet – Pearl Spotted
    Owlet – Wood
    Scops
    White faced
  12. Oxpecker
    Red billed
    Yellow billed
  13. Parrots
    Brown necked
    Meyer’s
  14. Pelican
    Great white
    Pink backed
  15. Petronia
    Yellow throated
  16. Pigeon
    Green
  1. Pipit
    African (Richards or Grassveld)
    Buffy
    Long billed
    Striped
  2. Pitta
  3. Plover
    Caspian
    Greater sand (Sand)
    Kittlitz’s
    Ringed
    Three Banded
    White fronted sand
  4. Pratincole
    Common (Red winged)
    Rock
  5. Prinia
    Tawny Flanked
  6. Puffback
    Black backed
  7. Pytilia
    Green Winged (Melba Finch)
    Orange Winged
  8. Quail
    Blue
    Harlequin
  9. Quelea
    Cardinal
    Red Billed
  10. Rail
    African
  11. Raven
    White necked
  12. Redshank
    Common
  13. Robins
    Bocage’s Akalat
    Robin Chat – Red Capped (Natal)
    Robin Chat – White Browed (Heuglin’s)
    Scrub Robin – Bearded
    Scrub Robin – White Browed
  14. Roller
    Broad billed
    European
    Lilac Breasted
    Purple
    Racket Tailed
  15. Ruff
  1. Sanderling
  2. Sandgrouse
    Double Banded
  3. Sandpiper
    Common
    Curlew
    Green
    Marsh
    Terek
    Wood
  4. Secretarybird
  5. Seed Cracker
    Black Bellied
  6. Seed Eater
    Richard’s (Striped Breasted)
  7. Shrikes
    Bush Shike – Orange Breasted
    Bush Shrike – Grey Headed
    Cuckoshike – Black
    Cuckoshike – White Breasted
    Fiscal
    Helmet Shike – Retz’s
    Helmet Shike – White
    Lesser Grey
    Red Backed
    Souza’s
  8. Skimmer
    African
  9. Snipes
    African (Ethiopian)
    Great
    Painted
  10. Sparrow
    Grey Headed, Southern
    House
  11. Sparrowhawk
    Little
    Ovambo
  12. Spinetail
    Bohms
    Mottled
  13. Spoonbill
  14. Starling
    Blue eared, Greater
    Blue eared, Miombo (lesser)
    Meves’s (Longtailed)
    Violet Backed (Plumcoloured)
    Wattled
    White Winged Babbling
  15. Stilt
    Black Winged
  16. Stint
    Little
  1. Storks
    Abdim’s
    Black
    Marabou
    Openbill
    Saddle Billed
    White
    Woolly Necked
    Yellow Billed
  2. Sunbird
    Amethyst (Black)
    Anchieta’s (Red & Black)
    Collared
    Coppery
    Double collared, Miombo
    Olive
    Purple Banded
    Scarlet Chested
    Shelley’s
    Variable (Yellow Bellied)
    White Bellied
  3. Swallows
    Barn (European)
    Grey Rumped
    Lesser Striped
    Mosque
    Saw Wing – Black
    White Throated
    Wire Tailed
  4. Swifts
    African Palm
    Alpine
    Common (European)
    Horus
    Little
    Mottled
    White Rumped
  5. Tchagra
    Black Crowned
    Brown Crowned (3 Streaked)
  6. Tern
    White Winged
  7. Thick Knee
    Spotted (Dikkop)
    Water (Dikkop)
  8. Thrushes
    Collered Palm
    Kurrichane
    Miombo Rock
  1. Tits
    Grey Penduline
    Rufous Bellied
    Southern Black
  2. Trogon
    Narina
  3. Turaco
    Grey Go away Bird (Grey Lourie)
    Purple Crested
    Ross’s
    Schalow’s
  4. Turnstone
  5. Twinspot
    Red Throated
  6. Vulture
    Egyptian
    Hooded
    Lappet Faced
    Palm Nut
    Ruppell’s
    White Backed
    White Headed
  7. Wagtail
    Mountain (Long Tailed)
    Pied
    Yellow
  8. Warblers
    Bleating Bush
    Evergreen Forest
    Garden
    Great Reed
    Icterine
    Laura’s
    Marsh
    Miombo Barred
    Moustached Grass
    Olive Tree
    Red Winged
    Reed
    Sedge
    Willow
  9. Waxbill
    Blue
    Common
    Orange Breasted
    Swee
  1. Weavers
    Bar Winged
    Chestnut Backed Sparrow
    Cuckoo Finch (Parasitic)
    Dark Backed
    Golden
    Lesser Masked
    Red Billed Buffalo
    Red Headed
    Southern Masked (Vitelline/African)
    Spectacled
    Thick Billed
    Village (Spotted Backed)
    White Browed Sparrow
  2. Wheatear
    Capped
    Northern (European)
  3. Whimbrel
  4. White Eye
    African Yellow
  5. Whitethroat
    Common
  6. Whydahs
    Broad Tailed Paradise
    Eastern Paradise
    Pin Tailed
  7. Widowbird
    Red Collared
    White Winged
  8. Wood Hoopoes
    Green (Red Billed)
    Scimitarbill
  9. Woodpeckers
    Bearded
    Bennett’s
    Cardinal
    Golden Tailed
    Green Backed (Little Spotted)
    Olive

Grasses of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Cymbopogon excavatus
    Turpentine grass
  2. Cynodon dactylon
    Couch grass
  3. Dactyloctenium aegyptium
    Crow’s foot
  4. Digitaria milanjiana
    Finger grass
  5. Echinochloa colona
    Rice grass
  6. Heteropogon contortus
    Spear grass
  7. Hyparrhenia rufa
    Giant thatch grass
  8. Melinis repens
    Natal Redtop
  9. Oryza barthii
    Wild rice
  10. Panicum maximum
    Buffalo grass
  11. Setaria incrassata
    Kasense grass
  12. Sporobulus pyramidalis
    Catstail dropseed
  13. Themeda triandra
    Red grass
  14. Urochloa mossambicensis
    Gonya grass

Mammals of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Antelope
    Bushbuck
    Common Duiker
    Cookson’s Wildebeest
    Eland
    Impala
    Klippspinger
    Kudu
    Lichenstein’s Hartebeest
    Oribi
    Puku
    Reedbuck
    Roan
    Sharpe’s Grysbok
    Steinbok
    Waterbuck
  2. Bats
    Egyptian Fruit Bat
    Horse Shoe Bat
    Leaf Nosed Bat
    Peters Epauleted Fruit Bat
    Simple Nosed Bat
    Slit Faced Bat
    Tom Bat
  3. Carnivora
    African Striped Weasel
    Clawless Otter
    Honey Badger
    Side Striped Jackal
    Spotted Hyaena
    Wild Dog
  4. Cats
    African Wild Cat
    Caracal
    Cheetah
    Leopard
    Lion
    Serval
  5. General Mammals
    Aardvark
    Black Rhinoceros
    Buffalo
    Bushpig
    Crawshay’s Zebra
    Elephant
    Hippopotamus
    Thornycroft’s Giraffe
    Warthog
  6. General Mammals (Small)
    Black Tailed Scrub Hare
    Bush Squirrel
    Cane Rat
    Four Toed Elephant Shrew
    Multimammate Mouse
    Pangolin
    Porcupine
    Sun Squirrel
    Tree Mouse
  1. Mongooses
    Banded
    Bushy Tailed
    Dwarf
    Large Grey
    Marsh
    Meller’s
    Selous
    Slender
    White Tailed
  2. Primates
    Moloney’s Monkey
    Night Ape
    Thick Tailed Bush Baby
    Vervet Monkey
    Yellow Baboon
  3. Viverridae
    African Civet
    Rusty Spotted Genet

Reptiles of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Other
    Bibron’s Gecko
    Blue Headed Tree Agama
    Land Monitor
    Leopard Tortoise
    Nile Crocodile
    Serrated Hinged Terrapin
    Striped Skink
    Tropical House Gecko
    Water Monitor
  2. Snake
    African Python
    Bark Snake
    Black Mamba
    Blacknecked Spitting Cobra
    Boomslang
    Brown House Snake
    Eastern Green Snake
    Herald Snake
    Mozambique Spitting Cobra
    Olive Grass Snake
    Olive Marsh Snake
    Puff Adder
    Pygmy Sand Snake
    Rhombic Night Adder
    Spotted Bush Snake
    Stilleto Snake
    Striped Bellied Sand Snake
    Striped Grass Snake
    Tiger Snake

Small Plants of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Abrus Precatorius
    Lucky Bean
  2. Ansellia Gigantica
    Leopard Orchid
  3. Argemone Mexicana
    Mexican Poppy
  4. Bidens Pilosa
    Blackjack
  5. Bidens Schimperi
    Yellow Cosmos
  6. Corchorus Olitorius
    Wild Ochra
  7. Duosperma Quadrangulare
    Salt Bush
  8. Gloriosa Simplex
    Flame Lily
  9. Hygrophila Auriculata
    Rhino Thistle
  10. Indigofera Tinctoria Arcuata
    Indigo Bush
  11. Leonotis Nepetifolia
    Lion’s Tail
  12. Mimosa Pigra
    Sensitive Plant
  13. Mucuna Pruriens
    Buffalo Bean
  14. Nymphaea Nouchali
    Water Lily
  15. Ocimum Canum
    Vick Bush/Wild Basil
  16. Pistia Stratiotes
    Nile Cabbage
  17. Senna Obtusifolia (Cassia)
  18. Solanum Panduriforme
    Poison Apple
  19. Sphaeranthus Flexuosus
    Purple Pan Weed
  20. Vernonia Glabra
    Corn Flower Bush
  21. Vernonia Petersii

 

Trees & Shrubs of the Luangwa Valley


  1. Acacia
    Kirkii
    Nigrescens – Knob Thorn
    Nilotica – Scented Pod Acacia
    Polyacantha – Hooked Thorn
    Sieberiana – White Thorn
    Tortilis – Umbrella Thorn
  2. Adansonia Digitata
    Baobab
  3. Afzelia Quanzensis
    Pod Mahogany
  4. Albizia
    Harveyi
    Versicolor – Poison Pod Albizia
  5. Balanites Aegyptiaca
    Torch Wood
  6. Berchemia Discolor
    Bird Plum
  7. Borassus Aethiopum
    Borassus Palm
  8. Breonadia Salicina
    Breonadia
  9. Canthum
    Coffee Bush
  10. Capparis Tomentoea
    Woolly Capper Bush
  11. Cassia Abbreviata
    Long Pod Cassia
  12. Colophospermum Mopane
    Mopane
  13. Combretum
    Adenogonium – Fragrance
    Imberbe – Leadwood
    Microphyllum – Flame Creeper
    Mossambicense – Shaving Brush
    Obovatum – Spiny Combretum
  14. Cordyla Africana
    Wild Mango
  15. Crossopteryx Febrifuga
    Crystal Bark
  16. Diospyros
    Kirkii – Large Leaved Diospyros
    Mespiliformis – Ebony
    Quiloensis – Crocodile Bark
    Senensis – Peeling Bark
  17. Drypetes Mossambicencis
    Sand Drypetes
  18. Entandrophragma Caudatum
    Wooden Banana
  19. Erythrophleum Africanum
    Ordeal Tree
  20. Faidherbia Albida
    Winter Thorn

 

  1. Feretia Aeruginescens
    Feretia
  2. Ficus
    Bussei – Zambezi Fig
    Sur – Cape Fig
    Sycomorus – Sycamore Fig
  3. Flueggea Virosa
    White Berry Bush
  4. Garcinia Livingstonei
    Livingstone’s Fingers
  5. Gardenia Volkensii
    Wild Gardinia
  6. Holarrhena Pubescens
    Wild Jasmin
  7. Hyphaene Petesiana
    Vegetable Ivory
  8. Khaya Anthotheca
    Red Mohogany
  9. Kigelia Africana
    Sausage Tree
  10. Kirkia Acuminata
    White Syringa
  11. Lannea Stuhlmannii
    False Marula
  12. Markhamia Obtusifolia
    Golden Pod Markhamia
  13. Oncoba Spinosa
    African Chocolate
  14. Philenoptera Violucea
    Rain Tree
  15. Phyllanthus Reticulates
    Potato Bush
  16. Piliostigma Thonningii
    Monkey Bread
  17. Pseudolachnostylis Maprouneifolia
    Duikerberry
  18. Schrebera Tricholada
    Wooden Pear
  19. Sclerocarya Birrea Caffra
    Marula Tree
  20. Sterculia Africana
    Bastard Baobab
  21. Stereospermum Kunthianum
    Pink Jacaranda
  22. Strychnos Cocculoides
    Monkey Orange
  23. Strychnos Spinosa
    Spiny Monkey Orange
  24. Tamarindus Indica
    Tamarind Tree
  1. Terminalia Sericea
    Silver Terminalia
  2. Trichilia Emetica
    Natal Mahogany
  3. Xeroderris Stuhlmannii
    Wing Pod
  4. Ximenia Caffra
    Sourplum
  5. Ziziphus Abyssinica
    Wait A Bit
  6. Ziziphus Mucronata
    Buffalo Thorn

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