Walking in the bush heightens your every sense to the sights and sounds of the wild. This is not a hike, you cover between 6-12 km per day, with plenty of time to stop and observe. If you enjoy the bush experience and the pleasures of a rustic bush camp, Zambia’s walking safaris are probably the best in Africa.
This is Africa at its rawest. No vehicle, you head out on foot like explorers, looking for the sights and sounds from the bush. The alarm calls of a troupe of baboons may indicate a predator nearby, circling vultures may indicate a kill, or a pall of dust will indicate a herd of buffalo.
The guides in Zambia receive the highest possible training. Supported by the Zambian Wildlife Authority, they undergo rigorous tests in order to qualify, first as a driving guide and then as a walking – or Grade 1 – guide.
Encountering game on foot is exhilarating! The animals will recognise you for what you are – human – and will keep their distance. Your senses will become more attuned – every noise that you hear will either be you…or wildlife. You will learn the different scents of the bush – the musky scent of lions; the earthy, rich smell of elephant; the sharp, spicy scent of the wild herbs; or the sweet, delicate perfume of wild jasmine. It’s an experience which will stay with you, and make you want to return again and again.
There are several operators in Zambia which offer superb walking safaris – and we have visited each one of them. Where you will walk, we have walked, where you will sleep, we have slept, what you will experience, we have experienced. Let us talk you through your options and put together a superb walking safari.
- Superb wildlife viewing in the South Luangwa Valley
- Stunning accommodation in the heart of Livingstone
- Discover the world of the walking safari in South Luangwa with expert guides
- Sleep out under the stars listening to the sounds of the bush
- The mobile camp is fully set up and ready for your arrival when you are walking between camps
Offering a mix of walking and game drives, the Bushcamp Company’s safari camps combine days in the bush with nights at remote and exclusive bush camps. Each intimate bush camp has its own style and offers a different perspective on the wilderness.All set on the southern side of South Luangwa National Park, the camps are small and high quality with excellent guides and individual design.Kuyen...
Norman Carr Safaris was established by the renowned conservationist, is celebrating 60 years of wildlife safaris in the South Luangwa this year. Norman Carr pioneered the walking safari in the 1950s, and was recognised for his extraordinary commitment to the conservation of this fabulous wilderness area, for the quality of his guiding and for his relationship with the local community. Many of toda...
Robin Pope Safaris runs Mobile Walking Safaris from May to October. A typical 10-night trip begins with 2 nights in their comfortable base camp, Nkwali.The next 5 nights are ‘mobile’: while you plot a slow and adventurous path through the bush, camp is moved to the next site. Expect comfortable walk-in tents, with bucket showers and long-drop loos.The last 3 nights are at Tena Tena, an...
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