South Luangwa - Our Walking Safari

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Walking Safari
Since the first Game Reserves were created in 1950s, the Luangwa Valley has been renowned for its walking safaries. The safety is excellent. An armed ZAWA Scout accompany all walks.

A bushwalk is not about the big animals, but about the small details. We looked for tracks, droppings, birds and plants. We also identified some of the interesting plant species that the Kunda people use traditionally in their medicines. The pace was gentle and a 4 hours walk only covered around 4 kilometers.

Animals are fare more aware of people on foot than in a vehicle, so when we approached them our guide always took in consideration things like wind direction, bush cover and location of other animals which may raise the alarm. You will not get as close to animals on foot as you do in a vehicle.

I can highly recommend walking safaris for bird enthusiasts and anyone keen on learning about the complex Luangwa ecosystem.

Walking safaris are done in the morning and leave the camp at 6 am. You drive into the Park for a few kilometres to a good area from where you start the walk. Clothing should be lightweight and neutral in colour. Sensible, comfortable footwear with some protection is advised (flip-flops are not ideal).

You can either do a 4 hours walking safari or a combo like we did. In the Combination Walk-Drive Safaris the walking and driving is split into around 2 hours each.
curt15 says:
Great blog. I was in South Luangwa park last year and also stayed at Flatdogs Campsite. Easily one of the best parks in Africa, brings back fond memories reading your blog.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2009
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Walking Safari
Walking Safari
Termite Hill
Termite Hill
Inside the termite hill
Inside the termite hill
Water mongoose track
Water mongoose track
Hippo skull
Hippo skull
Hippo teeth
Hippo teeth
Hippo teeth
Hippo teeth
Hippo tooth
Hippo tooth
Civit track
Civit track
Civit tracks
Civit tracks
Male Impala
Male Impala
Impala droppings
Impala droppings
Male Puke
Male Puke
Female Pukus
Female Pukus
Female Puku
Female Puku
Baby Puku
Baby Puku
Puku droppings
Puku droppings
Another hippo skull
Another hippo skull
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Saddlebilled Stork
Bateleur Eagle (male and female)
Bateleur Eagle (male and female)
African Carmine Bee-Eater
African Carmine Bee-Eater
Brown Hooded Kingfisher
Brown Hooded Kingfisher
Yellow Billed Stork
Yellow Billed Stork
Yellow Billed Stork fishing
Yellow Billed Stork fishing
Grey Heron standing on a hippo whi…
Grey Heron standing on a hippo wh…
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crocodile
Baby crocodile
Baby crocodile
African Spoonbill
African Spoonbill
African Spoonbill
African Spoonbill
Open Billed Stork
Open Billed Stork
Open Billed Stork
Open Billed Stork
Open Billed Stork
Open Billed Stork
African Sacred Ibis
African Sacred Ibis
Blackheaded Heron
Blackheaded Heron
Owl
Owl
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
Zebra
Sausage tree
Sausage tree
Sausage fruit
Sausage fruit
Lesser striped swallow
Lesser striped swallow
Little Bee-Eater
Little Bee-Eater
Helmeted Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
Swainson´s Francolin
Swainson´s Francolin
White Browd Sparrow Weaver
White Browd Sparrow Weaver
Meves´s Glossy Starling
Meves´s Glossy Starling
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
White Pelicans
White Pelicans
Crowned cranes
Crowned cranes
Whitecrowned Plover
Whitecrowned Plover
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
African Carmine Bee-Eater
African Carmine Bee-Eater
African Carmine Bee-Eater
African Carmine Bee-Eater
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