South Luangwa walking safari
South Luangwa National Park is a true safari lover’s paradise and home to more than 60 mammal species and over 400 bird species. Significantly for the active travellers, it is the undisputed home of the walking safari.
The Luangwa River attracts an abundance of game to its wide floodplains, above all, offering hydration and respite from the heat in the dry season. Since the 1960s, passionate safari operators have explored South Luangwa on foot. As a result, some of the continent’s finest walking safari guides are found here. And, in our opinion there is simply no better way to experience an authentic, interactive safari than on foot.
It is hearing a sudden alarm call that highlights the thrill of being on foot. Similarly, when your guide stops walking unexpectedly and puts his finger to his lips to indicate quiet. Or when, after several minutes of quiet tracking you come across lions on a carcass. These are indeed the experiences that raise the heart rate and remain with you long after the safari ends.
But it is often the small creatures, the plants and the birds that create a lasting impression. Here, guides generously share their knowledge and bush craft to enhance your understanding and experience of the area.
We make use of remote, owner-operated bush camps in South Luangwa. While selected for their location, game viewing and access on foot, these camps exude an elegant charm to ensure an optimal safari experience.
Whether you are a first-timer or an avid safari-goer, we could not recommend South Luangwa more highly, for an all-round, authentic African bush experience.
If you fly directly into Zambia, we recommend spending the first night at Mfuwe Lodge. Located inside the South Luangwa National Park, the lodge is a 45-minute drive from Mfuwe Airport. It offers an easy transition from travel into the wild serenity of the bush camps. Furthermore, you may not want to miss out on the ever-popular elephant visitors if travelling between late October and mid-December.
US $ 4610 per person sharing
Please note regarding all Active Africa trips:
- Unless otherwise specified, all prices shown on the website are based on mid/shoulder season rates. These prices will change for travel in low / high season
- Unless you’re looking at a scheduled departure or founders’ trip, all itineraries are customisable. Tell us how we can make it perfect for you.
- The cost of this itinerary is based on road transfers between camps. However, if you prefer to fly, please ask us to quote on air charters
- The price above is based on shared vehicles for transfers and game drives. Private transfers and safaris can be arrange, however this would attract an additional fee.
INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE
Meet and greet assistance on arrival in Lusaka
Shared road transfers (Mfuwe Airport & Bushcamp inter-camp)
Accommodation with all meals, local drinks, game activities
Park fees and govt levies
Active Africa safari bag and buff
EXCLUDED FROM TRIP PRICE
Air charters between camps as an alternative to road transfers
Spa treatments (Mfuwe Lodge)
Gratuities for camp staff and guides
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
This itinerary, making use of the two bush camps proposed, only operates between mid June and late October.
However, we can absolutely offer this trip between late April and late December, making use of alternative bush camps
Note that heavy rains fall from January to March and all camps are closed
The dry season falls between late June and late October, during which time there is little to no rain and warm daytime temperatures.
LODGES AND CAMPS
Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect kick-off to a South Luangwa safari. It is located within easy driving distance of the airport, thereby avoiding long, late transfers to the more remote camps.
Chindeni bush camp is located on the edge of an oxbox lagoon in a remote section of the South Luangwa National Park. Here, four opulent tents, each with a large private deck, overlook the lagoon. Spacious en suite bathrooms and four-poster beds complete the camp’s understated luxury.
Chamilandu bush camp was recently voted #2 in the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice of resorts and safari camps in Africa. Three raised ‘treehouse’ chalets overlook the Luangwa River, a prime game viewing location. In addition, a viewing hide overlooks one of many oxbow lagoons near the lodge.
YOU SHOULD KNOW
South Luangwa National Park is a malaria endemic area. We therefore recommend that visitors explore appropriate malaria prevention measures.
High daytime temperatures and dusty conditions should be expected in September and October, since this is the end of the dry season.