Walking Safaris in Zambia

Safari Experiences

Located in southern Africa, Zambia is a landlocked country that provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind walking safari experience through its beautiful national parks. Walking safaris stand out among the many other types of safaris that are offered because they give you the opportunity to get a more personal experience with the raw beauty of the bush. Particularly, the Luangwa Valley is highly regarded for the beautiful landscapes, the variety of plants and animals, and walking safaris.

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North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park is located in the remote and untouched wilderness of Zambia and offers a walking safari experience that is both thrilling and educational. One of the notable camps in this region is Takwela Main Camp, a family-owned and operated establishment that has been a pioneer in sustainable tourism. The North Luangwa National Park is home to large lion prides, and it is not uncommon to see a killing. Other common mammals include the hyena, hippo, wildebeest, bushbuck, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, puku, and impala. Elephants and leopards are also spotted.

Takwela Main Camp is situated in a beautiful and hidden part of North Luangwa National Park, providing an authentic walking safari experience. The camp is well-known for its beautiful yet eco-friendly design, which allows guests to enjoy rustic comfort while reducing their environmental footprint. Walking safaris from Takwela Main Camp cover the different landscapes of North Luangwa, allowing you to see lions, hyena, and giraffes in their natural habitat.

Mwaleshi Walking Camp is located farther north within North Luangwa National Park. It provides a private and secluded experience on the Mwaleshi River. This camp offers a unique opportunity to explore the park’s unspoiled surroundings on foot. The lack of roads in the area allow for most activities to be done on foot, including trailing animals. On foot, travelers have the opportunity for close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals may be more accepting of human presence when approached quietly and without the noise of a vehicle, allowing for a more authentic and respectful interaction.

Mwaleshi Walking Camp - North Luangwa
Mwaleshi Walking Camp – North Luangwa

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is equally fascinating and home to many kinds of animals. The park’s walking safaris demonstrate its commitment to sustainable tourism. Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest, and Crawshay’s zebra are all found only in the Luangwa Valley. For many, the most exciting aspect of South Luangwa National Park is that it occupies the world’s largest naturally occurring leopard population.

Tafika Main Camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa River and is an excellent base for exploring the Luangwa Valley. The camp is known for its skilled guides, who accompany visitors on walking and cycling safaris. Walking safaris from Tafika Main Camp frequently take visitors into incredible surroundings, following the tracks of elephants, lions, giraffes, and hyenas.

Chikoko Walking Camp and Big Lagoon Walking Camp are both an integral part of the South Luangwa walking safari experience, allowing travelers to stay in the heart of the bush. Accessible only by foot without a trace of roads or vehicles nearby, travelers are given a truly remote experience. They provide rustic but comfortable accommodations, allowing guests to unplug from the modern world and reconnect with nature. The guided walks from both camps bring visitors face to face with the local wildlife, including the elephants and the Thornicroft’s Giraffe, an indigenous species found only in this area, and following the original footsteps of David Livingstone, through the Luangwa Valley. 

Chikoko Tree Camp - South Luangwa

Encountering Wildlife on a Walking Safari

The close encounters with wildlife on walking safaris in these national parks are one of the most exciting parts of the experience. Walking among lions, elephants, and viewing giraffes in their native habitats provides a unique connection with the wild. The professional guides offer their knowledge to provide both safety and a thorough understanding of the creatures and habitats.

Endemic Species

The walking safaris in North Luangwa and South Luangwa National Parks offer a unique chance to spot endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest. These species have adapted to the specific environments of these parks, and encountering them on foot provides a rare and unforgettable experience for wildlife enthusiasts.

Tafika Camp, South Luangwa
Tafika Camp

Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, with its guided walking safaris and remote camps, offers a truly unique experience. Walking among lions, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, and spotting endemic species in their natural environment creates memories that last a lifetime. These walking safaris not only contribute to the conservation efforts in the region but also provide a unique opportunity to understand the untamed beauty of Zambia’s wilderness. A walking safari in Zambia is a worthwhile adventure for anyone looking for a closer connection with nature and a safari experience unlike any other.

Plan Your Safari

Get in touch with our dedicated reservations department, where our consultants are eager to assist you in selecting the ideal destination and lodge that perfectly aligns with your preferences.  Let our experts guide you through the exciting possibilities and help you craft a trip that will create lasting memories.

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