A bit about walking safaris in Zambia
Zambia is currently one of the best places to go on a walking safari. Combining an ideal landscape, great game and top guiding, and the capability to walk within National Parks, Zambia is hard to beat on two feet. The Luangwa National Parks and Lower Zambezi are particularly well known for the quality of the walking. Check out the best places to walk in Zambia.
Walking with wildlife is a completely different experience to driving. The experience is more intense and exciting (even if you are just looking at an impala), you get to appreciate the small but very interesting things that you would totally miss in a vehicle, and of course you are out there in the African bush, on the same terms as the animals (except of course you have a very experienced guide).
Most camps and lodges will offer daily walking activities from the camp itself in the mornings or evenings, in addition to game drives and possibly boat trips. These are normally a couple of hours, not very strenuous ambles. Camps such as Chamilandu, Kuyenda and Nkwali all offer this kind of walking.
Secondly, you can choose a camp that specialises in walking, and these are almost solely located in the Luangwa Valley. Normally it will be located in the best possible area for walking. Roads may be scarce or access tricky rendering game drives impossible. Here you will make the most of the area on foot each day. Mwaleshi Camp and Kutandala in the North Luangwa National Park are camps where you can only walk. In South Luangwa, Tafika Camp and Chikoko Tree Camp are both semi permanent camps (re-built each year) with no road system so you can only walk.
Finally, for those determined to spend as little time in a vehicle as possible, you can opt for mobile walking safaris - also in the Luangwa. Here you will spend each night in a different spot, walking between the camp-sites as the camp moves ahead of you each day. The walking will be a bit more strenuous (but you certainly don't have to be an ultra-athete to participate) and you'll spend more time on the trail. However it is a fun and liberating way to see a place.
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