It is a place where time stands still and it feels like you are where “it” all began. South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is popularly described as a wildlife anchorage and is one of the best places to go on a walking safari.
Why South Luangwa?
Any respected game ranger, safari travel agent, bush enthusiast or wildlife blogger will tell you that it’s because the game populations found in this part of Africa are among the densest in the world. From the highest concentrations of hippo in the world, to one of the highest leopard counts in Africa, to the tens of thousands of carmine bee-eaters that nest in the sand banks of the Luangwa River, all find refuge in South Luangwa.
Why a South Luangwa Walking Safari?
Why would any sane person want to do a walking safari in an area with such an abundance of big game such as South Luangwa? Well, we believe that there are a few good reasons …
- You get a new outlook on what nature is all about
Think about how much you actually miss when you are on safari in a vehicle. When you are on foot, you are able to see exactly where you are going and what’s around you. You start to observe the “whole package”.
- You become part of your environment
It’s amazing how quickly a person adapts to life in the bush. You start zoning in on the natural environment around you. You become part of it and it becomes part of you.
- It’s all about the detail
Suddenly the world is just as much about micro as it is macro. You suddenly become aware of every little thing, from the tiniest bug to the beauty and mystery of a certain plant.
- You experience nature through 5 senses instead of one
Birdsong becomes more pronounced and you feel the wind on your skin. You smell plants and taste their fruits. You touch dung and feel the texture of bark.
- You de-stress properly!
There’s no rush, no traffic, and most probably no cellphone signal either. You have no other choice than to switch off and re-tune yourself with Mother Nature.
- The big thrill!
The thrill of encountering a large animal such as a member of the Big 5 on a walking safari is unforgettable.
A South Luangwa walking safari is the new frontier of safari. Go in search of Africa’s wildlife on foot in a remarkably beautiful environment- it will leave you with dinner table stories for life. A South Luangwa walking safari can range from between two to ten days. The best part is that it is completely flexible. Guests have the option of going on game drives in place of or that form part of the walk in the afternoons and evenings. This allows you to get closer to the big cats like lion and leopard.
Custom-made walking safaris in South Luangwa are made to fit your particular requirements, so if you want to walk decent distances every day and avoid the sounds of motors, you can do so. You can even walk between different luxury bush camps, each with its own look and feel, and all situated in beautiful locations in vast private concessions in the south of the park. This means that you could spend every night in a new camp. Or, base yourself at one camp. The Safari Index team recommends enjoying each camp over a couple of nights. The bush camps on a South Luangwa Walking Safari offer simple luxury at its best.
The daily walks last, on average, between 3-4 hours, but can be extended or reduced if required. After a long day of walking and tracking, you can sit back and enjoy sumptuous meals, while taking in the stunning views of the game-rich Luangwa river system around you. Or gaze up at the starlit African skies. There is nothing quite like it.