Once you venture into the wilderness on foot, it becomes clear why many people prefer to explore this way. The feeling of being in tune with the wild is much more palatable when your feet are touching the ground and you are surrounded by nothing but wilderness. Zambia is the home of the walking safari, with many areas still today only accessible on foot. The Luangwa Valley has few roads and walking allows one to get away from the tourist areas in the park and into true wilderness where the only encounters you will have is with the wildlife who live there.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1: Arrival - Lusaka, Zambia
Your Zambian adventure begins in the South Luangwa where you can explore as legendary conservationist Norman Carr did - on foot! An unspoilt wilderness of tranquil rivers, ancient forest and open pans, here you can expect world class predator action, large herds of elephants, endemic species and superb birding.
Day 2: Walking South Luangwa - Overnight Nsolo Camp
Nsolo Camp offers the quintessential 'barefoot luxury' experience. Nestled along the banks of the seasonal Luwi River, a permanent river lagoon attracts a daily parade of wildlife that you can watch from your room's private deck. The Luwi River is renowned for its lion and wild dog population. There's no end to the action around camp and when you head off on foot in the early morning you a likely to find the fresh tracks of the lions you heard calling all night.
Day 3: Sleepout under the Stars
Reconnect with nature in an authentic way and enjoy the simple things in life, returning to the wild with a special night under the stars. This extraordinary experience is an adventurous addition to any safari as you fall asleep under a canopy of a million twinkling stars, listening to the susurrations of the night time bush. A cosy bedroll, bush loo and culinary team ensure that this experience is as comfortable as it is memorable. Don't worry, your room will be kept at Nsolo camp in case of change of heart!
Days 4 & 5: Walking South Luangwa - Overnight Kakuli Camp
Enjoy coffee around the fire as the sun comes before heading off on foot, walking from your sleepout location to Kakuli camp - a stunning 4.5hr walk along the Luwi river. Camp staff will transfer your luggage. Kakuli Camp itself is best know for it's amazing views of the Luangwa River, prolific leopard sightings and the nearby Carmine bee-eater colony. Walking is the main focus of this safari, with twice daily walks but game drives are also available during your stay.
Days 6 - 8: Walking Lower Zambezi - Chongwe Camp
Today you continue your journey onwards to the Lower Zambezi. Set at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers against a beautiful mountainous backdrop, Chongwe camp offers the best views in the Lower Zambezi. During your stay, enjoy an impressive variety of safari activities, created for the ultimate exploration of this magnificent African paradise. By land, you can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, or take to the rivers and explore with boat cruises, canoeing safaris and tiger-fishing. Back in camp, a brand new wildlife hide is great for photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures.
Day 9: Departure - Lusaka
After a final magical morning walk and breakfast, you will be transferred to a nearby bush airstrip and fly by light aircraft back to Lusaka. From Lusaka, you can connect with onward international flights home.
Optional: Visit the HQ of Conservation South Luangwa and meet the anti poaching team responsible for protecting this vast wilderness. Go shopping at Mulberry Mongoose to support anti poaching efforts through unique jewellery made from confiscated snares!
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!