Known for its exceptional walking safaris and unspoiled wilderness, South Luangwa in Zambia is the premier destination for travelers looking for a new and unique perspective on Africa’s mesmerizing wildlife. Walking safaris allow you to view the world from the same perspective as the animals, which means you are able to get closer to nature than ever before. Even though you are closer with nature and its creatures on a walking safari, our expert guides ensure travelers are 100 percent safe on their excursion.
Differing greatly from game drives, walking safaris boast feelings of exploration, discovery, and intense curiosity. Walking safaris focus on the exploration of the details of nature and the natural processes of Africa’s multiple eco-systems. With so much more to see than large game, walking safaris are celebrated for their element of surprise, plethora of discoveries, and their ability to stimulate all the senses. Safari vehicles also don’t have the same ability as walking safaris to bring you up close and personal to nature.
As you quietly search and listen for clues to the hiding spots of lions and cheetahs, the sound of the safari vehicle engine is nowhere to be heard, just the pure sounds of Africa’s bush. Walking safaris’ abilities to open your ears to the crisp sounds of nature cannot be matched by any other African safari tour.
In order to find the stealth creatures of Africa, such as the lion and cheetah, you must first hone in on all of your senses. The sounds of snapping twigs, whistling birds, grunting hippos, and monkeys swinging from tree to tree, as well as the distinct scents and sights of the African bush are enough to keep you on your toes as you search for some of the world’s most intriguing animals. Walking safaris are famous for bringing the detective side out in everyone.
Expert guides are the key to an exceptional walking safari and are an invaluable resource as they provide some of the most spectacular facts about South Luangwa’s fauna and flora, and uncover the most hidden elements of Africa’s bush. Highly knowledgeable guides detect and teach you the fascinating signs pointing to a creature in the nearby area, including a fresh kill, a distant roar, the sly chuckle of a hyena, and animal tracks and droppings. Expert guides who know the land inside and out, the exact tracks of the region’s animals, and the callings of wildlife will open your eyes to the hidden elements of nature.
Hills of Africa travel provides clients with only the best guides in Africa. These guides are licensed, highly educated, and skilled in detecting animal tracks and the direction animals are heading, as well as the exact sounds of animal callings, and what the callings signify. Professional guides walk side by side with travelers to ensure they see the hidden surprises of the bush. Once the guide spots signs of an animal in the area, it’s off to finding more clues to the creature’s location.
The discovery of a lion paw print embedded in the dusty ground has the power to change your course immediately. Stunning birds singing in the trees, swinging monkeys, branch-imitating pythons, and grazing elephants will try to distract you from your quest to find a vanishing lion or cheetah. But, this element of surprise is what makes these safaris that much more exciting.
After a long and exciting day taking on a detective roll in the African bush, retreat to your private tent to shower, and cool off with a refreshing cocktail. After washing up, enjoy a delightful dinner prepared by the camp’s talented chef. Westernized cuisine is almost always available for the more conservative eaters.
Whether you’re looking to devote your time to walking safaris while staying in South Luangwa, or just want to enjoy a day or two of walking safaris, all camps in South Luangwa offer walking safari tours to fit your individual needs. Game drives and night drives are also popular activities in the area, which many South Luangwa camps offer.
Recommended Camps to stay at while visiting South Luangwa:
• Robin Pope Safaris‘ luxurious Nkwali Camp, which has five rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Nsefu camp boasts six luxurious suites with thatched roofs. And Tena Tena Camp is a tented camp that can accommodate up to ten guests.
• Norman Carr Safaris‘ lavish Kapani Lodge is located on the banks of the Luangwa River and can accommodate up to twenty guests.
• Shenton Safari‘s absolutely stunning Kaingo Bush Camp, which has twelve beds, and Mwamba Bush Camp, which offers thatched chalets, and six beds.
• Sanctuary Lodges’ Puku Ridge Camp is small and intimate, built unobtrusively close to the wild. With 6 spacious walk-in canvas safari tents and a wraparound view of the flood plains, you may never leave your tent.
If you’re looking to experience a more remote and exclusive side to South Luangwa, there are several camps located off the beaten path. These camps are usually a three to four hour game drive from the main South Luangwa park gate, but are a real treat to experience.
Within the past five years, Zambia has received much appraisal for its exceptional walking safaris and for this reason has become an extremely popular tourist destination. The most crowded times of the year are during the months between June and October when the climate is delightful and game-viewing is exceptional.
Discover a unique insight into some of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife on a South Luangwa walking safari tour. Let Hills of Africa Travel create a detailed and customized itinerary for you around your every individual preference. Contact us today at 800-940-9344. We’re looking forward to making your dreams come true . . .