What to Expect on a Zambia Walking Safari

February 29, 2020

Leave behind the game vehicle and step out into the wilderness on foot with a spirit for adventure and a good pair of walking shoes.

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Enjoying breath-taking wildlife moments on foot © Robin Pope Safaris

While some camps and lodges refer to two- to three-hour guided bush walks as walking safaris, on a true Zambia walking safari you will explore the bush with an expert guide for several hours each day and stop to camp in a simple fly tent off the beaten track. One of the best wilderness destinations to experience this special type of safari is in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.

If you are wondering what walking in wildest Zambia is like, then find out below what you can expect on this adventurous safari:  

Discover true wilderness

South Luangwa National Park covers about 9050 km2 of the Luangwa Valley floor in eastern Zambia and is characterised by the meandering Luangwa River, one of the major tributaries of the Zambezi River.

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Crossing the Mupamadzi River with a highly trained guide © Robin Pope Safaris

The landscape ranges from wide open grass plains to well-established, dense woodlands that are largely unaffected by human development and support incredible biodiversity in each unique ecosystem. You will walk for five days covering roughly 10km a day, following the Mupamadzi River, which is a main tributary of the Luangwa River.

Walk to nature’s beat

This type of safari embodies the saying that travel is about the journey, not the destination. The magic of nature is in its smallest detail, peaceful quiet and steady slowness, which you will experience when completely immersed in the wild for a couple of days.

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Stopping under a tree for a simple spread of tea and snacks © Robin Pope Safaris

A walking safari forces you to move at the pace of nature and is the best kind of assault on all your senses. With each new morning, you walk out into the bush not knowing how the day will unfold and it is almost guaranteed that at least once during the journey, your comfort zone will be challenged in some way.

Meet the locals

The varied terrain and habitats of the South Luangwa are home to all manner of creatures that often have had little or no contact with people due to the remoteness of the park and so are usually quite shy.

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Getting up close to big and small game © Robin Pope Safaris

A walking safari brings you up close and personal to nature and these diverse residents. From a dung beetle hard at work, a herd of elephant quenching their thirst at a lagoon and two African fish eagles calling to each other in the sky above, you will learn about all the facets of the bush first-hand.

Sleep in simple comfort

This is an authentic under canvas safari experience. For five nights, you will become one with your natural surroundings and sleep in a small yet comfortable walk-in fly tent in a suitable place picked out by the guides.

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Bedding down in a canvas fly tent with all the basic amenities © Robin Pope Safaris

While this mobile camp is rustic, it does have all the modern amenities to ensure you appreciate your nights in the bush. The camp is fully-serviced and equipped with a shared shower that is strung up in a tree and a bush toilet with a wooden throne. Wholesome meals are enjoyed alfresco to make the most of this unforgettable outdoors experience.

Contact us if you are interested in taking a walk on the wild side in the South Luangwa or if you would prefer luxury on your African safari.

All images courtesy of Robin Pope Safaris.


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