South Luangwa Walking Safari

Journey through 3 distinct areas of South Luangwa National Park on this walking safari before exploring the adventure capital of Africa: Victoria Falls.

Duration

10 Days

When

May – Oct

Price from

$7,354 – $8,355

Trip Highlights

game drives (1)
Game drives
walking safari
Walking safari
snorkelling
Swimming below Victoria Falls
microlite
Microlight flight

About this trip

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.

Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip

Day one – two

4x4

Arrive South Luangwa National Park

Check-in Luwi Bushcamp

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.

Where you’ll stay: Luwi Bushcamp

Luwi Bushcamp, a seasonally constructed lodge set in utter seclusion. The 5 rooms are set along a riverbed and overlook the floodplains below – abundant with wildlife. The rooms feature feathertop beds, an open air, en-suite bathroom and peaceful seating area.

Experiences:

Set off on game drives through the Luwi region and spot lion, wild dog, as well as prolific plains game by vehicle, pull on your walking shoes and join your dedicated guide on a walking safari or visit the Wildlife Hide allows guests to observe animals drinking from the water’s edge.

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Day three – five

walking safari

South Luangwa

Walking safari to Nsolo bushcamp

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.

Where you’ll stay: Nsolo bushcamp

Nsolo camp was established in 1987, and has long since between a standard for luxury safari camps. Enjoy the parade of wildlife from the comfort of your room’s private deck as they drink from the banks of the Luwi River.

Experiences:

Without exception, the Nsolo area is best for big game viewing by foot however game drives allow gets an even better chance of tracking and spotting the wildlife in South Luangwa.

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Day six – seven

walking safari

South Luangwa

Walking safari to Kakuli Bushcamp

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.

Where you’ll stay: Kakuli Bushcamp

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.

Experiences:

Enjoy a safari on foot alongside expert guides, embark on unbeatable 4×4 safaris in the Luangwa Valley, and observe the highest concentration of hippo and crocodiles in Southern Africa on a boat safari during the rainy season.

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Day eight – nine

4x4

Transfer to Victoria Falls, Zambia

Check-in Tongabezi

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.

Where you’ll stay: Tongabezi

Voted Best Safari Lodge in Zambia by Conde Nast Traveler, Tongabezi Lodge does not disappoint. Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, Tongabezi is the perfect base to explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls.

Experiences:

A variety of activities are available with Tongabezi as your launch point. Like enjoying a microlight flight over the Falls or exploring the narrow trails and misty bridges around the falls by foot. Village and market visits and vehicular game drives are all on the menu.

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Day ten

aeroplane

Departure

Transfer to Livingstone

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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