A south luangwa safari is a must for anyone who is particularly interested in seeing new species, such as the thornicroft’s giraffe, or seeing a region which has the greatest density of leopard. In addition, it show cases an unspoiled africa, with some of the finest game viewing in southern africa. What the south luangwa is most renowned for, however, is its walking safaris which are legion. Here one can either just spend a few hours on foot with your private guide (and Zambia boasts some of the best guiding in Africa), or one can fly camp for a night or two, or literally take a five night walking safari, split between three camps. This is no route march – rather a gentle preamble into the bush with your professional guide explaining every nuance to you. You carry nothing except for a pair of binoculars and arrive to an ice cold drink – whether its a beer, a glass of wine or a gin and tonic! Sleep under canvas which is the best way of experiencing Africa and hearing the night sounds.
For those who don’t want to go on a walking safari, then the more conventional vehicle based safaris equally allow you wonderful experiences in pristine areas. Many of the camps are located along the oxbow lagoons so one can see large herds of elephant congregating on the opposite bank, bathing and cavorting amongst the hippos.
There are some wonderful camps in this area – from owner managed lodges set in gorgeous locations with the most spectacular guiding, to lodges which have a multitude of hides so you can spend hours observing animals at close quarters which is perfect for photographic opportunities!