South Luangwa National Park is definitely one of the best parks in Africa due its concentration of wildlife. Also known as “Valley of the Leopards” due to regular sightings. This is where the first walking safari took place. In 2017 the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) declared South Luangwa the first sustainable wildlife park in Africa. The big 4 are all in South Luangwa and the Black Rhino is found in North Luangwa (walking safaris only). Kafue National park, Lower Zambezi National Park and Liuwa Plain home of the second largest wildebeest migration also offer walking safaris. Zambian parks are remote and unspoilt. They still offer the feel of the original safari experience of days gone by.
Walking in the wild offers you a sense of liberation and adrenaline as you walk through the bush wondering what might be hanging around the next bush.
When : In peak season (walking is only done in the dry season May – November depending on the rains)
Why : A walking safari will engage all of your senses and let you see the little 5 and the green 5.
Dress : a pair of comfortable, closed and tough walking shoes with a thick and solid sole and light flexible clothing.
Guides : Zambian guides are rated as some of the best in Africa and have to complete a very high standard of training.
Carry : sunblock and a hat to, as a bottle of water and your binoculars. Lightweight clothing is also a must and will extend a little extra comfort on your journey.
Safety : Safety is a top priority when it comes to walking. Guides know what they are doing and have the knowledge and understanding of the bush. Follow their instructions.
Experience : Not only will you be able to view animals like elephant, buck, baboons, birds and hippos from a different perspective, you’ll also notice the little things; insects, small mammals, reptiles and uniquely adapted flora that is just waiting to be discovered. You will also learn about animal tracking, medicinal plants, the beautiful and the useful flora of Zambia and so much more as you walk through the wilderness.
Rates : Zambia caters for all pockets. Budget camps tend to be near the park gate and luxury (walking only) camps are more remote inside the park. Rates start from USD260 to USD1200 per person per night.