South Luangwa - Our Walking Safari
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September 18th, 2009 – by: sarahsan
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.
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