South Luangwa walking safari in Zambia

“A premium adventure in Zambia's most famous national park, with walking safaris, expert guides, tons of wildlife and gorgeous bush lodges to relax in.”


Lusaka | fly to Mfuwe | five days on safari | morning bush walks | afternoon game drives | night game drives | expert guides | exclusive small luxury lodges

Description of South Luangwa walking safari in Zambia

South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was the birthplace of the walking safari and remains a truly special place to explore on foot, seeing its abundant wildlife up close and at eye level! It’s Zambia’s most famous park; 9,000sq km of pristine wilderness, lagoons and riverine vegetation. Discover it all on this premium 10 day holiday, with excellent and knowledgeable guides, moving from one exclusive luxury bush camp to the next. Wildlife watching is superb here. The park is home to a huge number of species, including elephant, hippo and giraffe, lion and hyena and, of course, its famous leopard population. It also offers some of the best birdwatching in southern Africa. Explore by day, then relax each evening in intimate and luxurious bush camps, where the rooms are beautifully equipped and the food is excellent and plentiful.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On game drives and walking safaris, we realise that preservation of the environment and being able to peacefully coincide with wildlife is essential. We pay park fees which go toward the conservation of our natural surroundings but we also support a tree-planting program through which approximately 500 trees per year are planted. Clients have the option to visit tribal groups and villages to meet the people and soak up some culture. Ancient ceremonies are still observed today among the different tribal groups, and they are well known for their artistic skills using local ceramics and traditional textile designs.

Despite being one of the most wildlife-rich areas remaining in Africa, its natural heritage is under threat from poaching and other illegal activities. To help combat these serious threats to the Luangwa’s wildlife, The Bushcamp Company is a proud supporter of three local wildlife organisations - The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS), the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) - that work together on various conservation efforts to address these issues and conserve the Valley’s wildlife. We recently substantially increased our support for these organizations by providing a light aircraft for aerial anti-poaching and research activities.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

The Impacts of this Trip

A Fair Deal:
We employ around 150 people. Approx. 95% of all staff are recruited from the local community and receive training in a variety of tourism related occupations. We also recruit from the school leavers that we have sponsored throughout their education. We train them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to progress and develop their skills and responsibility. Our staff and their families are entitled to assistance with medical costs and we also run a programme that pays for one of their children to attend school. We also run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff.

We work closely with the community of South Luangwa and develop projects that help conserve precious resources, support education, and generate a sustainable source of income to those who live around the Park. We have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms, dormitories and staff houses, provide access to clean water, take local school children into the Park on game drives and provide meals for 1,500 students per day. Recently, we have concentrated efforts on improving the educational opportunities for girls under the heading of ‘girl empowerment.’

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend 2 nights in a well-equipped lodge and 5 nights in a luxury bush camp. All of our accommodation is locally staffed- having a knock on positive effect on local communities .We also use solar energy wherever possible and all our organic waste is recycled through the use of a worm farm. This produces organic compost which is then used by local farmers. Food is as locally sourced as possible- expect traditional braai (BBQ), pasta dishes, porridge, freshly baked muffins and fruit. The national dish is nshima, a maize porridge-like dish that is eaten with beans or meat- so keep an eye out for it at road stop eateries en route to camp.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.


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