Not until you’ve followed in the footsteps of the great explorers and experienced the compelling mix of excitement, respect and awe that a walking safari delivers, can you really understand the true nature of the African wilderness. Zambia’s South Luangwa is the home of the walking safari where it was first pioneered by Norman Carr back in the 1960s.
Today, there are a number of excellent walking safaris with the finest local guides and prime camp locations in the South Luangwa including Bushcamp Company‘s extraordinary camp-to-camp circuits in the remote southern sector of the park.
Learn the secrets of the bush, track a leopard by identifying spoor and listening for tell-tale alarm calls, soothe insect bites with the juice of a sausage tree. With every step there is something new to learn, a new bird or animal to spot and a new unforgettable experience.
Safety is, of course, paramount. Walking safari guides are highly trained and they will instruct you on how to behave when approaching some of the larger animals. Alongside your guide, an armed national park escort scout, provided by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), is required to accompany you on walks.
The final member of your walking safari group is the all-important tea-porter. As well as being another valuable set of eyes and ears, he will carry refreshments for your walk. At a suitably scenic point, his bag will open to produce tea and biscuits in the morning, or cold beers and G&Ts in the evening.
It is a rare privilege to be able to walk in an African national park. With so many different habitats to explore, from open plains to sandy river banks, eerie mopane forests to swampy lagoons, no two outings will ever be the same, but we guarantee that you will remember every one.