Remote Zambia On Foot

Highlights

For travelers searching for a true off-the-beaten-path safari experience, this 10 night safari to North and South Luangwa in Zambia is exactly what you have been looking for! Bordering the Luangwa River, the Northern and Southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa, making it a world-renowned wildlife haven. Explore this remote wilderness on game drives as well as on foot, which offers a truly unique perspective to encounter elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of Zambia's more talented and knowledgeable armed guides.

Begin at Tafika Camp, a remote camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park, and ideal for those who really want to get away from it all. Nestled among giant Leadwood trees, Tafika offers a relaxing and peaceful base to enjoy walking safaris and day and night game drives. With a wide variety and abundance of game, and some of the most experienced guides in the valley, you will seldom see another vehicle while game viewing. Tafika is also the only camp in the valley that offers both cycling and micro-lighting. Viewing game from the air on a micro-light is an experience not to be missed; pass over the sunlit treetops; skimming an eagle’s eyrie; swooping over dispersing crocodile in the Luangwa River; the experience is unforgettable. You may also wish to partake in a cultural visit to nearby Mkasanga village and see the local school.

Continue upstream to Chikoko Trails, compromised of two small exclusive bush camps: Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, accessible only by foot. These camps are ideal for escaping into nature, staying active, and getting lost in the African bush. Set in a beautiful corner of the valley, in a true wilderness area where there are no roads, these camps have excellent game densities and offer guests a great opportunity to experience the bush on foot in secluded surroundings. The minutiae of the bush comes to the fore when walking; the smells, the essence of the macro world; the sense of timelessness.

The daily routine is to take a long walk in the morning, starting early to avoid the heat of the day and lasting approximately four hours. The ground is flat though sometimes uneven, but the pace is generally leisurely as the guide will stop and talk about points of interest as you go. Stop mid-way for tea/coffee brewed over an open fire while you sit back and enjoy the bush. It is usual to enjoy good sightings of leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, and zebra, as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft Giraffe (both unique to this area). Kudu and roan antelope are frequently sighted and huge herds of buffalo are abundant in these parts. With its undisturbed natural vegetation, as you might expect from Zambia, a huge number of species and variety of birds add to the game viewing.

Spend your last four nights in the North Luangwa at Mwaleshi Camp, 10km from the Mwaleshi and Luangwa Rivers confluence. North Luangwa provides a sanctuary for wildlife where you may catch a glimpse of hyenas hunting puku in the shallow waters of the Mwaleshi, enjoy impressive herds of buffalo, the endemic Cookson's Wildebeest and a large number of resident lion. In the untouched North Luangwa, accompanied by an experienced manager/guide and an armed National Park scout, continue enjoying the freedom of Africa's vastness on foot. Thanks to the availability of a vehicle - which drops off and collects guests - individuals are able to explore further afield either by vehicle or on a day trip to the Mwaleshi Falls, located upstream of the camp.

Summary

  • 3 Nights – Tafika Camp – South Luangwa National Park

  • 3 Nights – Chikoko Trails – South Luangwa National Park

  • 4 Nights – Mwaleshi – North Luangwa National Park

Price

Price starts at $7,700 per person sharing.

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