Zambian Walking Safaris-A Close Encounter With Wildlife!

Ever heard Zambian walking safaris? It gives you a full experience and enjoyment of the abundant Zambian wildlife! Pioneered by Norman Carr during the 50’s in the Luangwa valley, home of the walking safari, it’s really an unforgettable experience to be tucked away among your cherished memories. As Norman Carr once said:

“To view the bush from a vehicle is simply to be an observer, but to get out on foot is to become a part of your surroundings’’

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South Luangwa Walking Safaris

The Luangwa National park is famous for its walking safaris. In fact, walking safaris are known to have originated in the south Luangwa! These safaris are breathtakingly awesome as they allow you to experience the wildness of the game park on a personal level. Furthermore, there is simply no better way of viewing the untamed African wildlife!


The South Luangwa National Park is described as one of the greatest wild-life sanctuaries in the world. It has got an astounding concentration of wildlife along the banks of the Luangwa River. In fact, the Luangwa River is the most intact river system in the whole of Africa.

There are the herbivores, which are the most plentiful. Their large numbers are due to the large amount and variety of vegetation.

The largest land mammal, the elephant, is easy to spot and roams in herds of up to 70.

The other large mammal which you definitely can’t miss is the Hippo. The Luangwa River and valley has quite a high concentration of hippos—about 50 per square Km.

The antelope deserves special mention due to its abundance. The species of antelope that you will find here are: Reedbuck, Roan, Sable, hartebeest, grysbok, Klipspringer, oribi, Kudu, puku, impala, Eland, duiker and bushbuck.

Other intriguing herbivores include the zebra, which occurs in herds of about a dozen; the buffalo; and the thornicrafts giraffe.

The other class of wildlife is the carnivorous class. This is where we find the majestic African Cats—the lion, the elusive leopard, the agile but rare cheetah and the leopard.

Other significant carnivores include the crocodile, the hyena, the wild dog, the caracal, the serval and the rare side striped jackal.

The South Luangwa National park is also home to a vast number of monkeys, which consist of two types: the velvet monkey and the baboon.

Another remarkable feature of the wildlife are the birds. There are over 400 bird species in the park. During the rainy season (December to March), the park teams with birds, and this is largely due to the arrival of migratory birds from Europe and other parts of Africa during this time.

Best Time To Be There

The dry season, which runs from April to October, is the most favorable time for walking safaris. With the shortage of water, more animals gather at the dwindling water sources. This in itself makes for a great spectator, especially because the predators take advantage of this to hunt as much as they could. The crocodiles especially make quite a show, lashing out from the water to strike unsuspecting animals.

South Luangwa National Park is truly the best Zambian Walking Safaris destination.

Walking Safari Operators

Some of the Zambian Walking Safari Operators are:

  • Norman Carr Safaris
  • Bushtracks Africa
  • Robin Pope Safaris
  • Mukuni Big Five Safaris

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