Visit the home of the walking safari and experience a classic, small group safari along the Mupamadzi River; the quintessential and truly remarkable bush experience.
Walking safaris originated in Zambia and this still remains one of the best walking safari destinations in the world. If you’re daunted by the prospect of walking, try it just once – the distances are short, the pace relaxed, the stops frequent, and the wildlife simply unforgettable. You will never want to travel any other way!
Each of the three sites you'll visit on this trip is unique, and there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Your accommodation will be in comfortable walk-in tents with beds and linen, bush showers and toilets - all set up by experienced staff who will cater for your every need.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Lusaka, 1-night
Upon arrival at Lusaka, you will be met and transferred to Pioneer Camp, near Lusaka, for 1 night.
Days3-4: Fly to Mfuwe. Transfer to South Luangwa National Park, 2-nights, Nkwali. Vehicle safaris
Transfer back to the airport where you will take a light aircraft to Mfuwe, from where you will be driven to Nkwali Camp. The drive to Nkwali Camp takes approximately 1 hour through colourful local villages and bush.
Days5-9: Walking in South Luangwa National Park, 5-nights mobile camping
Safaris from all the camps and lodges in the South Luangwa are conducted both by open 4-wheel drive vehicles and on foot (in the dry months of mid-May to early November), with armed scouts and fully qualified safari guides. Night drives with powerful spotlights are a highlight.
Days10-12: Transfer to Tena Tena or Nsefu camp, 3-nights. Vehicle safaris
After an early breakfast, you’ll transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point, approximately 4-5 hours drive. After a boat across the river, it’s a short (20 minutes) drive to Tena Tena, or a little further (30 minutes) to Nsefu Camp.
On your last full day here there is an opportunity (in between morning and evening game drives) to visit Kawaza village – a chance to meet local people and experience life in a real non tourist village. If you do wish to visit then please mention this at the time of booking, or to your guide on arrival in Zambia.
Day13: Fly back to Mfuwe and onward on an ovenight flight to the UK
Day14: Arrive UK
You should note: Depending on flight schedules, some departures may require an extra night in Lusaka at the end of the trip.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 daysfrom £6,395 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 12 daysfrom £5,595 pp
South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation
Located on private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, this lodge lies in an area of ebony woodland and open grassland that is superb for wildlife viewing. It consists of five cool and spacious chalets - including one for a family - built from woven bamboo with stone floors and thatched roofs.
On a sweeping bend of the river, in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, lies what was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia, dating back to the early fifties. The dining room overlooks the river at the spot where elephant come to drink and cross, with the bar overlooking a busy waterhole.
One of the most stunning sites in the Luangwa Valley, this remote, small camp stands in a grove of mahogany trees on a wide sweep of river. It consists of five beautifully designed safari tents, and a charming open-sided dining room and bar. Morning, evening and night drives and walking safaris are all offered.