Zambia Walking Safari
Zambia is a country synonomous with walking safaris. A Zambia Walking Safari is the finest way of exploring the bush, learning more about wildlife, plantlife, birdlife, insects (entymology) and butterflies.
Alongside Tanzania, it really has come into its own, with camps professionally set up with some of the most qualified guides in Africa. This becomes even more important on a walk, as one cannot blithely comment on the concentrations of mammals, as one has to concentrate on what we refer to as ‘the smaller’ creatures. Although one does still see large mammals on a walking safari, the idea is for the guide to keep you at a safe distance to observe the wildlife surrounding you, whilst keeping the walks informative and interesting. One learns so much more on a walk and it is a fascinating way of discovering the bush and its environs. Quite aside from anything else, it is refreshing to be able to walk in complete silence, with no sound or fumes from an engine. The walks are generally conducted either in south Luangwa, where the concentrations of wildlife, especially leopard, are legion, or, for those looking for primeval, pristine Africa, with large concentrations of sporadic wildlife, but no other people and the most amazing scenery and vistas, then northern Luangwa will appeal to you more.
The places we use are owner managed, the walking camps or bush camps are small and intimate and the level of guiding is second to none. Whether an ardent birder searching for a Shoebill Stork or simply a novice, wanting to get the best out of a safari in a natural environment, then this safari is for you! We can’t rate it highly enough and it is one of our favourite ways of being on safari! To smell the sage plants in the morning, the potato bush and the early morning dew, to wonder at the pastel colours, changing on the horizon, to feel your heart quicken at seeing an elephant, or to sit down in a camp chair, watching the sun set over the river, with just a handful of companions, with a ice cold gin and tonic, reflecting on the days adventures – this is what a walking safari should be all about!