Immerse yourself in wild Africa on this walking tour of Zambia, where intimate camps and exciting safaris usher you deep into nature.

Sip sundowners to the sound of hippos splashing in their wallow. Dine under the stars as elephants stride by. Hear the music of a thousand birds by day, and by night a serenade of mysterious forest sounds. This is the Africa you’ve been searching for, and you’ve found it on this exceptional Country Walkers walking adventure through Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, where the walking safari was pioneered. Your adventure begins at award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, a luxurious point of entry from which you venture deep into the bush on daily game drives. Continue to two remote yet deluxe bush camps for an intimate wildlife experience on foot in one of Mother Africa’s last unspoiled regions. This is the real Africa—with all the challenge, beauty, mystery, and excitement that a walking safari promises. Venture into iconic South Luangwa National Park to connect with Africa’s abundant safari wildlife. From exquisite bush camps nestled amid natural surroundings, embark on unforgettable walking tours of Zambia’s wild landscape. At a comfortable stroll, you can truly experience the unspoiled world underfoot, while local guides reveal to you the wonders of their country. Cover even more ground during daily game drives, marveling at the diversity of wildlife that surrounds you. As night falls, return to your accommodations, exceptionally crafted to create a remote oasis of comfort and luxury in the untamed wild. This is the real Africa – with all its challenge, beauty, and mystery yours to discover.

Highlights

  • Gain a deeper appreciation for Zambia’s wild nature, as you slow to a walking pace during remote bush walks with expert naturalist guides.
  • Thrill to close-up encounters with great mammals and colorful birds among the park’s floodplains and lagoons on daily game drives.
  • Catch glimpses of the rare Thornicroft’s giraffe, whose entire wild population is found only in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley.
  • Enjoy the perfect mix of comfort and immersion in nature at intimate, award-winning bush camps.
  • Take stock of your day as the sun sets, sipping an evening sundowner in dramatic settings along river banks and deep in the bush.
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Itinerary

Sun, Jun 21 to Wed, Jul 1 - 2020

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), after retrieving luggage and passing through customs, a transfer representative, meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Your transfer to the hotel takes approximately 30 minutes. The remainder of the day is at leisure (no meals or activities included).

Accommodation: Latitude 15 Boutique Hotel, Lusaka

Afternoon/evening game drive

Enjoy breakfast at your Lusaka hotel before your transfer back to the airport for your included one-hour flight to Mfuwe Airport to begin your tour.

Upon arrival at the tiny Mfuwe Airport you are warmly welcomed by your guide and transferred approximately 30 minutes to the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park. Time permitting, you may stop at a local textiles co-op before continuing on to the lovely Mfuwe Lodge, arriving just in time for a lunch break. Afterwards, set off into the heart of the park towards your first bushcamp, Bilimungwe.

Prolific game gives this region its renown: buffalo, antelope, giraffe, crocodile, and other impressive creatures congregate around the lagoons adjacent to the camp and give you hours of entertainment. After your first game drive this evening, relax over sundowner cocktails and dinner, and then enjoy a new spectacle as spotlights pick out a parade of nocturnal creatures. You’ve arrived in an animal-lovers’ paradise!

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Today you head off on your first morning bushwalk which takes you deep into South Luangwa’s wilds. This modern-day Eden has verdant floodplains alive with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands, and indigenous hardwood forests that sustain more than 400 species of birds. The concentration of game around the Luangwa and Kapamba Rivers and their oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa; these twin rivers attract thirsty animals like a magnet. Renowned explorer David Livingstone was one of the first to note the extraordinary riches of South Luangwa Valley, saying, “It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.”

After a scrumptious breakfast back at camp, you further acquaint yourself with your surroundings by relaxing on your own private porch or lounging in the camp’s main sundeck, all overlooking the camp’s watering holes. But be warned – siestas at Bilimungwe are difficult, as there is so much game coming to the waterholes that you never want to close your eyes! Later this afternoon, embark on another game drive or bush walk before returning to camp for a classic Bilimungwe experience: drinking sundowners astride a lounge chair, with your feet immersed in a shallow river.

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Immerse yourself today in the welcoming warmth and isolated enchantment of Bilimungwe Bushcamp. The camp’s idyllic position between the Luangwa River and a series of three waterholes teeming with wildlife often makes guests feel as if they’ve stumbled upon Noah’s Ark. Split your time today between a morning walking tour of Zambia’s national parkland and a game drive into the bush, interspersed with time to enjoy the comforts of camp. Read in a cozy armchair under the shade of the giant mahogany tree, watch Bilmungwe’s unrivaled multitude of birds and animals flock to the lagoon just off your private porch, or recount you animal sightings with your traveling companions and newfound friends. This evening, enjoy another delicious dinner prepared by your camp hosts.

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

2-4 hours of walking, easy

Leaving Bilimungwe Bushcamp on foot, a two- to four-hour walking tour of the Zambian wilds will take you through the bush to Chindeni, your next camp. Along the way, your expert Zambian guides—all certified under one of Africa’s most rigorous training programs—continue to point out exciting new discoveries. Hippopotamus, 14 different species of antelope, Thornicroft’s giraffe (unique to Luangwa Valley), eland, impala, kudu, baboons, vervet monkeys, and dozens of other animal species are prolific in Luangwa—as are 400 different species of birds.

This afternoon, settle into the relaxing rhythm of your new bushcamp, enjoying sublime perspectives on the Luangwa River from the spacious deck. Later, head out to explore the surrounding wilderness on an afternoon game drive. Perhaps you’ll cross paths with a family of elephants making their way across the river, or witness a herd of zebra or buffalo roaming the adjacent grasslands. In the evening, join your hosts for sundowners, sit around the campfire recounting the day’s adventures, and enjoy a starlit supper at your table overlooking the water.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Today, enjoy the luxurious tranquility of spending every waking moment in and around Chindeni Bushcamp, taking advantage of the camp’s many amenities and exploring its gorgeous surroundings. An early morning knock on the door lets you know that tea and coffee are waiting on your doorstep—your invitation to this morning’s exhilarating bush walk. Join your group for juice and toast around the campfire, then head off to discover the broad variety of habitat that surrounds your camp. Perhaps you surprise a colorful flock of carmine bee-eaters in their nest along the riverbank, or happen upon a herd of puku antelope, keeping one step ahead of their main predator, the stealthy leopard. Around mid-morning, head back to camp for brunch, followed by a period of relaxing downtime. Later this afternoon, you rejoin your guides for a thrilling game drive before sundowners and a family-style dinner with your small group.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Chindeni Bushcamp continues as your delightful home base for today’s explorations. Make the most of your wilderness location with a morning bush walk, setting off early to watch the surrounding floodplains and grasslands come to life, then return to camp for a hearty brunch. Afternoon brings new opportunities to get out and explore in safari vehicles with your expert guides. After another convivial dinner with your small group, surrounded by the sounds of the African night, perhaps you head out this evening for a drive, in search of nocturnal creatures such as the night ape and bush baby.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

The magic of Luangwa continues to enchant as, after a hearty breakfast, you set off on one final morning bush walk. Perhaps you catch a glimpse of any elusive species that you have not yet encountered on foot. After returning to camp, you transfer back to Mfuwe Lodge in time for lunch and tea before settling into your suite for your final two nights. A National Geographic, Unique Lodge of the World, Mfuwe Lodge’s ideal location within the wide plains at the entrance to park yet close enough to the Zambian wilderness makes for close encounters with must-see species such as lion, elephant, and wild dog. Accompanied by your expert guide on a game drive this evening, experience the magic of exploring the South Luangwa Valley, where large herds of buffalo roam grassy plains and elephants pause to drink at fresh springs along the Luangwa’s riverbanks. Back at your luxury lodge this evening, enjoy the camaraderie of your small group, sharing recollections of the day’s adventures over dinner.

Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

This morning, enjoy a game drive through the noticeably different habitats surrounding Mfuwe Lodge. After a sumptuous breakfast, take time to revel in your final full day in the Zambian wilderness. Watch the comings and goings of hippos and other wild game from your private veranda, indulge in a treatment at the lodge’s onsite Bush Spa (not included in tour price), or head into the small village of Mfuwe, where you may have the opportunity to visit the local school—funded in part by Country Walkers’ sustainable tourism initiatives. In the evening, set out on one final game drive before the day concludes with an intimate farewell dinner under the stars, with the best of wild Zambia spread out at your doorstep.

Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

Today you bid farewell to the extraordinary beauty of the South Luangwa Valley and all of the friends you have made along the way. Following breakfast, you are transferred to the Mfuwe Airport for your included flight back to Lusaka for a late morning arrival.

Tue, Jun 23 to Wed, Jul 1 - 2020

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Afternoon/evening game drive

Upon arrival in Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, you clear customs and claim your baggage before re-boarding for your one-hour flight to Mfuwe Airport where a Country Walkers representative will greet you and transfer you to Mfuwe Lodge.

Upon arrival at the tiny Mfuwe Airport you are warmly welcomed by your guide and transferred approximately 30 minutes to the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park. Time permitting, you may stop at a local textiles co-op before continuing on to the lovely Mfuwe Lodge, arriving just in time for a lunch break. Afterwards, set off into the heart of the park towards your first bushcamp, Bilimungwe.

Prolific game gives this region its renown: buffalo, antelope, giraffe, crocodile, and other impressive creatures congregate around the lagoons adjacent to the camp and give you hours of entertainment. After your first game drive this evening, relax over sundowner cocktails and dinner, and then enjoy a new spectacle as spotlights pick out a parade of nocturnal creatures. You’ve arrived in an animal-lovers’ paradise!

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Today you head off on your first morning bushwalk which takes you deep into South Luangwa’s wilds. This modern-day Eden has verdant floodplains alive with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands, and indigenous hardwood forests that sustain more than 400 species of birds. The concentration of game around the Luangwa and Kapamba Rivers and their oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa; these twin rivers attract thirsty animals like a magnet. Renowned explorer David Livingstone was one of the first to note the extraordinary riches of South Luangwa Valley, saying, “It is impossible to describe its luxuriance.”

After a scrumptious breakfast back at camp, you further acquaint yourself with your surroundings by relaxing on your own private porch or lounging in the camp’s main sundeck, all overlooking the camp’s watering holes. But be warned – siestas at Bilimungwe are difficult, as there is so much game coming to the waterholes that you never want to close your eyes! Later this afternoon, embark on another game drive or bush walk before returning to camp for a classic Bilimungwe experience: drinking sundowners astride a lounge chair, with your feet immersed in a shallow river.

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Immerse yourself today in the welcoming warmth and isolated enchantment of Bilimungwe Bushcamp. The camp’s idyllic position between the Luangwa River and a series of three waterholes teeming with wildlife often makes guests feel as if they’ve stumbled upon Noah’s Ark. Split your time today between a morning walking tour of Zambia’s national parkland and a game drive into the bush, interspersed with time to enjoy the comforts of camp. Read in a cozy armchair under the shade of the giant mahogany tree, watch Bilmungwe’s unrivaled multitude of birds and animals flock to the lagoon just off your private porch, or recount you animal sightings with your traveling companions and newfound friends. This evening, enjoy another delicious dinner prepared by your camp hosts.

Accommodation: Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

2-4 hours of walking, easy

Leaving Bilimungwe Bushcamp on foot, a two- to four-hour walking tour of the Zambian wilds will take you through the bush to Chindeni, your next camp. Along the way, your expert Zambian guides—all certified under one of Africa’s most rigorous training programs—continue to point out exciting new discoveries. Hippopotamus, 14 different species of antelope, Thornicroft’s giraffe (unique to Luangwa Valley), eland, impala, kudu, baboons, vervet monkeys, and dozens of other animal species are prolific in Luangwa—as are 400 different species of birds.

This afternoon, settle into the relaxing rhythm of your new bushcamp, enjoying sublime perspectives on the Luangwa River from the spacious deck. Later, head out to explore the surrounding wilderness on an afternoon game drive. Perhaps you’ll cross paths with a family of elephants making their way across the river, or witness a herd of zebra or buffalo roaming the adjacent grasslands. In the evening, join your hosts for sundowners, sit around the campfire recounting the day’s adventures, and enjoy a starlit supper at your table overlooking the water.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Today, enjoy the luxurious tranquility of spending every waking moment in and around Chindeni Bushcamp, taking advantage of the camp’s many amenities and exploring its gorgeous surroundings. An early morning knock on the door lets you know that tea and coffee are waiting on your doorstep—your invitation to this morning’s exhilarating bush walk. Join your group for juice and toast around the campfire, then head off to discover the broad variety of habitat that surrounds your camp. Perhaps you surprise a colorful flock of carmine bee-eaters in their nest along the riverbank, or happen upon a herd of puku antelope, keeping one step ahead of their main predator, the stealthy leopard. Around mid-morning, head back to camp for brunch, followed by a period of relaxing downtime. Later this afternoon, you rejoin your guides for a thrilling game drive before sundowners and a family-style dinner with your small group.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Chindeni Bushcamp continues as your delightful home base for today’s explorations. Make the most of your wilderness location with a morning bush walk, setting off early to watch the surrounding floodplains and grasslands come to life, then return to camp for a hearty brunch. Afternoon brings new opportunities to get out and explore in safari vehicles with your expert guides. After another convivial dinner with your small group, surrounded by the sounds of the African night, perhaps you head out this evening for a drive, in search of nocturnal creatures such as the night ape and bush baby.

Accommodation: Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa Valley

1-2 hours of walking, easy

The magic of Luangwa continues to enchant as, after a hearty breakfast, you set off on one final morning bush walk. Perhaps you catch a glimpse of any elusive species that you have not yet encountered on foot. After returning to camp, you transfer back to Mfuwe Lodge in time for lunch and tea before settling into your suite for your final two nights. A National Geographic, Unique Lodge of the World, Mfuwe Lodge’s ideal location within the wide plains at the entrance to park yet close enough to the Zambian wilderness makes for close encounters with must-see species such as lion, elephant, and wild dog. Accompanied by your expert guide on a game drive this evening, experience the magic of exploring the South Luangwa Valley, where large herds of buffalo roam grassy plains and elephants pause to drink at fresh springs along the Luangwa’s riverbanks. Back at your luxury lodge this evening, enjoy the camaraderie of your small group, sharing recollections of the day’s adventures over dinner.

Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

This morning, enjoy a game drive through the noticeably different habitats surrounding Mfuwe Lodge. After a sumptuous breakfast, take time to revel in your final full day in the Zambian wilderness. Watch the comings and goings of hippos and other wild game from your private veranda, indulge in a treatment at the lodge’s onsite Bush Spa (not included in tour price), or head into the small village of Mfuwe, where you may have the opportunity to visit the local school—funded in part by Country Walkers’ sustainable tourism initiatives. In the evening, set out on one final game drive before the day concludes with an intimate farewell dinner under the stars, with the best of wild Zambia spread out at your doorstep.

Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

Reflect on your walking tour of Zambia as you bid farewell to the South Luangwa Valley. Transfer to the Mfuwe Airport for your included flight back to the capital city, Lusaka.

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta
Post-Tour
2019 2020

2019 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • Two nights at the Islands of Siankaba Lodge on the Zambezi River, 1.5 hours from Victoria Falls
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the lodge
  • Guided excursion to the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls
  • Optional activities such as daytime or sundowner cruise, village visit, and guided walks (time permitting)
  • Flights to and from Victoria Falls (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Laundry
  • Park fees

2 Nights From $1,698
per person, double occupancy

Today you bid farewell to the extraordinary beauty of the South Luangwa Valley and all of the friends you have made along the way. You are transferred to the Mfuwe Airport for your included flight back to Lusaka for a mid-day or late afternoon arrival. Please note, depending on the flight schedule, your departure may be quite early (pre-dawn with optional breakfast boxes provided) or after breakfast. Once in Lusaka Airport, you re-board for an one hour and 10 minute flight to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, a representative from the Islands of Siankaba Lodge greets you and transfers you approximately 1.5 hours to your lovely home for the next two nights.

Upon arrival you have time to settle in and enjoy your private deck overlooking the Zambezi River or take a dip in the swimming pool (seasonal) before a sundowner cruise. From your comfortable pontoon, watch for pods of hippos wallowing in the waters or baboons playing on the shore as the sun slips behind the horizon. This evening enjoy your first candlelit dinner overlooking the river.

Today is dedicated to exploring the falls. After an early breakfast, depart for Livingstone and the Victoria Falls National Park for a morning guided excursion (you may choose between visiting the Zambia or Zimbabwe side). During the dry season, August through November, you may wish to secure a KAWA Visa in order to visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where water runs year round.

No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, with a width of one and a quarter miles and a depth of over 330 feet.

The falls transform the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Yet thanks to its remote location, the surrounding wilderness is peaceful and pristine.

Should you wish to book any optional excursions (such as the Flight of the Angels helicopter ride over the falls), this is the afternoon to do so. Your lodge staff can recommend options and assist with the reservations (additional cost). Or, return to the lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon activity such as a mokoro ride in a traditional canoe or a walk to the local village.

A transfer will be provided today to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport Livingstone Airport based on your departure arrangements.

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta
Post-Tour
2019 2020

2020 Post-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • Two nights at the Islands of Siankaba Lodge on the Zambezi River, 1.5 hours from Victoria Falls
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the lodge
  • Guided excursion to the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls
  • Optional activities such as daytime or sundowner cruise, village visit, and guided walks (time permitting)
  • Flights to and from Victoria Falls (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Laundry
  • Park fees

2 Nights From $1,548
per person, double occupancy

On the final day of your Zambia tour, a flight is arranged from the Mfuwe Airport to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, a representative from the Islands of Siankaba Lodge greets you and transfers you approximately 1.5 hours to your lovely home for the next two nights.

Upon arrival you have time to settle in and enjoy your private deck overlooking the Zambezi River or take a dip in the swimming pool (seasonal) before a sundowner cruise. From your comfortable pontoon, watch for pods of hippos wallowing in the waters or baboons playing on the shore as the sun slips behind the horizon. This evening enjoy your first candlelit dinner overlooking the river.

Today is dedicated to exploring the falls. After an early breakfast, depart for Livingstone and the Victoria Falls National Park for a morning guided excursion (you may choose between visiting the Zambia or Zimbabwe side. During the dry season, August through November, you may wish to secure a KAWA Visa in order to visit the Zimbabwean side of the falls where water runs year-round.

No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, with a width of one and a quarter miles and a depth of over 330 feet.

The falls transform the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Yet thanks to its remote location, the surrounding wilderness is peaceful and pristine.

Should you wish to book any optional excursions (such as the Flight of the Angels helicopter ride over the falls), this is the afternoon to do so. Your lodge staff can recommend options and assist with the reservations (additional cost). Or, return to the lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon activity such as a mokoro ride in a traditional canoe or a walk to the local village.

Accommodation: Islands of Siankaba Lodge, Zambezi River

A transfer will be provided today to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport Livingstone Airport based on your departure arrangements.

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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

11 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,448

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Tour Only

9 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $1,448

Sun, Jun 21 - Wed, Jul 1

$9,598

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Tue, Jun 23 - Wed, Jul 1

$6,798

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Thu, Sep 10 - Sun, Sep 20

$9,798

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$7,798

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