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Walking Safaris in Zambia

Walking through the wild African bush, dinner around the campfire and listening to the 'call of the wild' while camping under the stars is possibly the best African wildlife experience you can get. Zambia is one of the premium and best places you can take an African walking safari. 

A day on a Zambian walking safari

As with most safaris a walking safari begins early.  You want to be up and out for the morning before the sun has a chance to take its toll on you.  

You will be awoken with a cup of tea and a chance to freshen up and have a light breakfast before heading out with your professional guide and an armed ZAWA (Zambia Wildlife Authority) guard. You will generally find that there is also a tea-and-biscuit-bearer (well you've got to have elevenses!) and if you're on a set walking departure you will probably be accompanied by 5 other guests.  So that is the extent of your safari party as you head out into the unknown to find ... who knows what?  It's an adventure.

You will stop for lunch, usually back at camp, but possibly in the bush if you're going from A-B that day. Whichever it is, you'll have a delicious lunch and there will be somewhere to chill out in the shade over the siesta time. 

In the afternoon you set off again for another few hours walking - none of it strenuous - to see what you can see.  You might come across a herd of elephants you can watch from a discrete and safe distance, or perhaps you can sit and watch the antics in the hippo pool for a while. Whatever larger mammals you see will be in addition to the myriad of smaller, seemingly less significant creatures and fascinating sights that your guide will point out to you. Learn about termite mounds, watch a chameleon cross the track, discover the traditional uses for plants you pass.  

In the evening you’ll have a three-course meal under the African stars, a glass of wine by the fire, and a chat about the day.  Then it’s off to your cosy bed.

Where is the best place to go?

South Luangwa is possibly the best place in the whole of Africa to come for a walking safari. They were pioneered here, and many guides are exceptionally well-trained walking guides.  You need a better class of guide to ensure your safety on a walk through the Zambian bush. 
South Luangwa offers both short walking safaris activities from many camps, as well as longer walking safari itineraries where you’re walking for about 5 days. 

North Luangwa is another good reserve for walks. Whilst game drives can be done here, the focus is definitely on the walking and camps are only open in the short season from about June to October. 

There is also the opportunity to walk in other Zambian reserves such as Lower Zambezi and Kafue, and even the really remote Liuwa Plains, though these walks tend to be shorter activities rather than the main focus of a safari. 

When can you take walking safaris in Zambia?

June to October is the time you will find that the longer walks are undertaken and the safest time to walk at all.  This is the dry season and the grasses have died down so that visibility in the bush is much better than earlier in the season. You really don't want to risk a lion or any other predator being able to see you without you being aware of it! 
It is these months that the scheduled small group walking safaris are offered by such well-respected safari companies as Robin Pope Safaris in South Luangwa. It is also the time that bush camps which focus on walking are open. Camps such as Norman Carr's Luwi Camp, or the Bushcamp Company's Chindeni Camp, or Remote Africa Safaris Chikoko Tree Camp.  
Walks can be offered in other months but they will be much shorter and very much at the discretion of the camp manager and guides. 

Walking safari holidays in Zambia

We have a number of suggested walking safari holidays in Zambia.  You will find these listed below.  We can plan a tailor made holiday especially for you though if these don’t fit the bill you for you.


You might also be interested to read:

A Guide to Walking Safaris in Africa

holiday itineraries

Elephant at Mfuwe Lodge
Bushcamp Company Emerald Safari
A green season safari in South Luangwa using Bushcamp Company camps.
Hippos in South Luangwa
Classic Norman Carr Safaris
An in-depth South Luangwa safari using Norman Carr Safaris lodge & bushcamps.
Luangwa and Livingstone
Luangwa and Livingstone
Experience the rich wildlife and stunning scenery of South Luangwa National Park, and the sheer majesty of Victoria Falls in this superb 11 day holiday.  
Robin Pope Safaris walking mobile
Robin Pope Safaris Walking Mobile
Robin Pope Safaris' famed walking mobile safari in South Luangwa, Zambia.
Hippo in South Luangwa
Shenton Safaris' Wild Luangwa

An excellent week's safari in South Luangwa with owner-run Shenton Safaris camps. 

Week on the Wildside
Week on the Wildside
Get a great deal for high quality camps in South Luangwa in peak season. 
Zambia Safari and Victoria Falls
Zambia Safari & Victoria Falls

A Zambia safari in South Luangwa combined with time at Victoria Falls. 

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customer memories

Lucie & Stuart McKenzie

Tracking lion prints through the bush with the reassurance of an excellent guide from the Bushcamp and an armed ranger from the National Parks service - and someone bringing up the rear with our morning tea and biscuits!

Phil & Hazel

Wading through the swamps at Bangweulu to see shoebill. Daylight viewing of leopard stationary by side of tree then walking to fallen tree and lying on this tree in classic leopard pose. Lions and cubs from less than 10 metres.

Marion and Ken Watson

We walked from Mchenja on one occasion for one and a half hours and for three hours on another occasion. The heat and our age had made us doubtful initially, but the walking was fairly relaxed and very worthwhile.

David

The service from the attentive staff was outstanding. Full praise must go to the knowledgeable guides who were excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Each place we stayed in was a real little paradise in the wilderness.

The food on the mobile camp was real cordon bleau- exceptional, especially when they had to cook in a pit in the ground- all without electricity. Wherever we had our overnight stops, everything was done to make us comfortable and safe. Praise must go to all the staff for the attention to even the smallest detail.

David Kennedy

Josephat our guide in Luangwa was particularly patient and helpful with Michael, our grandson.

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