Discover the birthplace of the walking safari

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South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of the walking safari and with the sheer concentration of wildlife round the Luangwa River and its Oxbow Lagoons amongst the highest in Africa, there is no finer way of experiencing Zambia on safari.

The South Luangwa National park is one of Zambia's finest wildlife sanctuaries having one of the highest animal populations, idyllic scenery and a highly developed safari industry. It is easy to see why so many refer to Zambia as Africa's best kept secret, with having unspoiled and untamed natural beauty, which make it one of the most charming and understated places in the world. You get a real feeling and a sense of being deep within the African bush.

Walking safaris were created and pioneered in the Luangwa Park around 1950 by Norman Carr, and are a highlight to any trip to Zambia and to this date South Luangwa Park is the finest place in Africa to experience a walking safari.

A walking safari is unlike any other form of safari; they offer a highly unique way of experiencing the bush and observing the African wildlife. Walking safaris are also much more intimate with the group sizes vary rarely being any bigger than 6 people. The safest way of experiencing a walking safari is a system of having two people lead the walking safaris, it is a tried and tested method which has proven to be one of the safest ways of experiencing a walking safari and it ensures that you, the guest can get the absolute maximum experience out of your walking safari whilst remaining perfectly safe at all times.

There is very little that Is required to take part in a walking safari, it is advisable that you wear neutral colours, invest in a good pair of comfortable walking boots and wear a hat, sunscreen and plenty of insect repellent.

The park covers an astonishing 9000 km square of the Luangwa Valley and is home to the largest populations of hippos in the world, at an astonishing 45 hippopotamuses per kilometre along the river. The park is also home to substantial herds of elephants, buffalo and well over 400 species of bird. But the star attraction to any visit to Zambia has to be the leopard, with Zambia being one of the best locations in the world to view one of god's most beautiful creatures.

The best time to visit Zambia on safari is during the dry season which occurs from April and lasts until October, it is a great place to visit during the wet season but, in fact, many camps and lodges close for several months during the rains, meaning your choice of destination can at times be very limited in where you stay. Spotting wildlife is also much easier as the wildlife will congregate along the Luangwa River and Oxbow Lagoons for water and the bush in Zambia will be less dense which will make it much easier to spot wildlife.


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Author: Jack Jones

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