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A proper walking expedition in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park
- We want to walk
- ideally with like-minded people
- with a great guide
- in a beautiful place
Go for an area that is dedicated to walking - and with an outfitter with pedigree, that unapologetically focusses on walking-safaris, as opposed to offering it as an option or sometime alternative to game-driving.
Expect to pay from
£3860 ($5600) per person
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What we recommended - and why
Sniffing out a really good walking safari is perhaps a little trickier than it may first appear. Many countries in Africa offer walking safaris, and the majority of camps in countries famed for walking safaris may offer them. However not all walking is alike.
Sometimes we hear people say "walking is about the little stuff - the birds and the bugs" but it really doesn't have to be all about footprints and faeces. The best walking most definitely takes place within big-game country, that is part of the allure, but the point of course is not to get in to trouble but to avoid it - which is why you have two people at the top of their game (namely a guide and an armed ranger) to show you around.
The secret of really good walking is proper wilderness, where you can not see or hear jeeps, boats or planes - cross roads or encounter camps. And for this you need to go to a place dedicated to the art-form - where they are pushing against the rising tide of progress and keeping a little bit of paradise pristine. Happily there are a couple of options in Zambia for this - some more expeditionary than others.
We recommend that you start off with a night in a camp in the South Luangwa where you can get your bearings, meet the rest of the party and, crucially have a game-drive in order to get a "big-game fix" before setting out on foot, because inevitably you do see less than in a jeep - you may sometimes feel closer but the game is more skittish and you cover less ground - and so it's a good idea to scratch that itch and see a multitude of mammals from the back of a jeep before the big walk.
The five day mobile along the Mupamadzi river is unique in Zambia in that it is a set departure with limited slots in a fairly short season. All the six participants travel together, and the likelihood is that you are all in search of the same thing. An authentic walking safari - where while more than adequate comfort is provided the emphasis remains steadfastly on what is outside the tent.
Typically covering staying at three seperate sites in five days and walking West-East this is a proper expedition. Multiple game-encounters are likely and enthusiastically pursued - but underlying it all is a sense of journey (aka safari).
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