Discover Africa's best-kept secret - Zambia's Luangwa Valley, a paradise showcasing an incredible concentration of wildlife. This adventure zeroes in on South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest yet least visited wildlife sanctuaries on earth, boasting the continent's lowest ratio of people to animals. Experience the freedom of untamed wilderness on foot, along the trails where African walking safaris were born. Come nightfall, head out for thrilling game drives to spot lions, leopards, and other nocturnal creatures, then enjoy hot showers, gourmet meals, and sleeping in the bush.
Witness Zambia's exceptional wildlife on foot: elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, and water birds
Head out for night game drives to track lions and leopards on the prowl
Soak up the romance of adventure in two beautiful, remote bush camps
Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia, and board a flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. Meet your MT Sobek guide for transfer to the Mfuwe Lodge that overlooks the Mfuwe Lagoon, always bustling with wildlife - enjoy seeing a parade of animals who come to drink from the channel. Begin exploring this afternoon; in the evening, head out for a thrilling game drive, to find elephant shrews, genets, civets, porcupines, serval cats, and various mongooses.
Take walks and go on game drives to discover the abundant and varied wildlife and landscapes of South Luangwa National Park, featuring a mosaic of habitats - from flooded lagoons fringed with evergreen forest to tracts of deciduous mopane woodland. Look out for elephants, hippos, antelopes, and small animals galore: baboons, vervet monkeys, and even eight mongoose species. South Luangwa is also the stronghold of Zambia's endemic Thornicroft's giraffe and home to amazing birdlife. Spot the yellow-billed stork, the reclusive Pel's fishing owl, colorful carmine, and massive flocks of quelea finches.
Today, drive 3 to 4 hours to a bush camp deep in an untouched corner of South Luangwa. Enjoy lunch by the riverbanks and relax in comfortable hammocks before heading out for an afternoon game drive or a walk. Walk a total distance of around 2 to 4 miles per day, with refreshment stops along the way; a porter will carry drinking water, snacks, and coffee for the journey. The walk ends back in camp in time for afternoon tea.
Wake up in a four-poster bed - a unique vantage point for watching animals roam across the landscape or swinging through the trees above. After breakfast, head out for another full day of adventures: short or long bush walks, day or night game drives, or just lounging around by the riverbanks brimming with wildlife - the choice is yours. After afternoon tea, rest and dine at camp before a night game drive with spotlights, looking out for lions on the kill, leopards on the prowl, and other nocturnal creatures.
Today move on to the scenic Kapamba Bushcamp, set in a different area of the park. Arrive on foot or by 4X4 vehicle, and in the afternoon take a game walk - a great opportunity to experience the freedom of Africa's untamed wilderness on foot. Back at the camp, enjoy more wildlife sightings and a tasty meal.
On the last day in Luangwa Valley, follow in the footsteps of Africa's historic explorers. Hit nearby trails with first-class guides on safari walks or drives, along the trail looking out for surprises: leaping impala, screeching baboon troops, and loping giraffe. Exchange safari tales over a final group dinner, then fall fast asleep to the mesmerizing buzz of the bush.
After breakfast, bid farewell to the group and transfer to the airport Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Livingstone Airport for homeward-bound flights.
On this MT Sobek safari, witness Africa's untamed wilderness from remote bush camps of South Luangwa on foot.
This adventure covers one of the world's least visited wildlife sanctuaries, with the lowest people to animal ratio in Africa.
Remote, landscape-inspired bush camps offer stellar wildlife viewing, with easy access to game walks and drives, both day and night.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Wildlife viewing on game walks up to 4 miles, day and night drives, and unwinding at restful bush camps.
A comfortable lodge set on a wildlife-rich lagoon and two remote bush camps, each offering stellar wildlife viewing from cozy chalets.
December to April is hot and wet; May to August is cooler and dry; September to November is hot and dry.
Passports valid for at least six months from the date of travel and two blank pages are required. American passports require visas which can be purchased at the point of entry with no difficulty.
Zambia is a malaria area and we recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari.
Walking safaris have their risks, but the guides are trained and knowledgeable on the do's and don'ts of the bush. They will ensure you get the most out of your safari while keeping you safe.
High season in Zambia is from May to early October. This is the dry period when all the safari camps are open. Days are warm but evenings can be cool.
Zambia is relatively safe for visitors in the game reserves, national parks, and larger cities. As always, travelers need to be aware of their surroundings and use common sense.
Camps and lodges are served by very deep wells making the tap water safe to drink. There is drinking water available in the rooms at all of the properties.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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