Journey through 3 distinct areas of South Luangwa National Park on this walking safari in Zambia before exploring the adventure capital of Africa: Victoria Falls.
When walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia’s unspoiled wilderness in the 1950s, it was said that “to view the bush from a vehicle is simply to be an observer, but to get out on foot was to become a part of your surroundings”. This sentiment still rings true.
Zambia is real Africa, allowing you to step back in time for a true safari experience of the old days. On this mobile journey, walk through 3 distinct areas of South Luangwa National Park before exploring the adventure capital of Africa: Victoria Falls. Are you ready to embark on a safari like no other?
* Walking in between camps is subject to availability based on numbers in the camp.
Arrive into Lusaka and take another short flight to Mfuwe, where a Ker & Downey representative will be awaiting your arrival. A 2 to 3-hour drive will navigate through villages and into South Luangwa National park. South Luangwa is off the beaten track. Mostly unchartered by tourists, the national park traces the Luangwa River and plays host to a myriad of mammal and bird species. It is Zambia’s premiere safari destination.
Start your 10-day mobile safari experience at Luwi Bushcamp, a seasonally constructed lodge set in utter seclusion. This is a place where travelers seeking to push experiential boundaries will thrive.
Over the next two days, ventures into the wilderness will attune you to the sights and sounds of the bush. Begin to recognize bird calls and the subtle cues that alert your guides and trackers of nearby game.
Luwi boasts prolific wildlife: lions abound, and the area is home to a family of wild dog, which have made an extraordinary recovery after near extinction in South Luangwa in the 1980s. Elusive roan antelope and scarcely spotted reedbuck are also able to be found here. Nearby, a permanent lagoon attracts wildlife to drink.
Navigate through the bush by foot to make your way from Luwi Bushcamp to Nsolo bushcamp. En route, your guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of your new surroundings, an area famed for its abundance of rare servals and caracals. A cool gin and tonic will be ready for you when you get to camp.
The next 3 days are free to explore this great expanse of land. The traversing areas of several prides of lions coincide here, and big cats commonly use the nearby dry riverbed as a thoroughfare. Walking safaris from Nsolo offer big game viewing at its best.
On day 6, travel by foot from Nsolo Bushcamp to Kakuli Bushcamp. Beat the mid-day heat with a light lunch and refreshing cocktail upon arrival. A short siesta is in the cards to recuperate before venturing into the bush again in the afternoon.
Kakuli Bushcamp is set at the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. The elevated, thatched common area of camp overlooks an extensive grazing lawn where plains game come to refuel after drinking from the nearby rivers.
South Luangwa National Park is home to 3 endemic species: Thornicroft giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest, and Crawshay’s zebra. The camp’s lofted platform is the perfect viewing deck for guests to sit back and relax as these unique species roam peacefully below. During the rainy season, travelers can also explore the flooded rivers by boat – an intimate way to get a close up with South Luangwa’s populous hippo and crocodiles.
Bid farewell to South Luangwa National Park to head southeast to the adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. Staying on the Zambia side, check-in to Tongabezi Lodge.
Voted Best Safari Lodge in Zambia by Conde Nast Traveler, this incredible hideaway doesn’t disappoint. Nestled on the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, and just a stone’s throw from the waterfall’s edge, Tongabezi situated you perfectly to take full advantage of the adventure to be had. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll stay on Sinabezi Island – a remote and exclusive riverine island with only 5 luxury chalets.
A variety of activities are available with Tongabezi as your launch point. Like enjoying a microlight flight over the Falls for example. Enjoy exploring the narrow trails and misty bridges around the falls by foot, standing in awe in front of the behemoth that churns 550-million liters of water per minute over its sheer cliff face. Village and market visits, sundowners in exquisite locations, and vehicular game drives are all on the menu.
For the intrepid, adventure abounds. Depending on the season, you can visit Devil’s Pool, go white water rafting in some of the world’s most intense rapids, and bungee jump of the bridge.
After 10 days in real Africa, leaving won’t be easy. Pack your bags with a sense of belonging and purpose, feeling confident that you have uncovered the true meaning of “safari” on your extensive walking journey and exploration of the falls.
Your guide will assist with your transfer to Livingstone International Airport for your departure flight home.
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