South Luangwa National Park is a wildlife haven

Remote Zambia is the place to experience the quintessential African walking safari.

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Zambia Private Journey

Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 7 days
Arrive: Lusaka, Zambia
Depart: Lusaka, Zambia
Lodging: 6 nights in luxury tented camps
Meals: All meals except 1 lunch included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: Game walks, exploration by 4WD


  • Track game on foot with a trained ranger-guide along the beautiful Luangwa River
  • Thrilling 4WD safaris and evening game drives in an undiscovered African wilderness
  • Fantastic leopard sightings

Choosing the Right Trip

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Zambia is the place to experience the quintessential African walking safari, and one of the few places in Africa where hiking is allowed in national parks. On this Private Journey,  track game on foot, explore by open 4WD vehicles, set out on exciting night drives, and relish the wildness of South Luangwa National Park, 3,500 square miles of unspoiled Africa. Your delightful lodges—Nsefu Camp and Tena Tena—are intimate havens set among shady mahogany trees along the Luangwa River. Leopard sightings are breathtaking in this remote country, which is often called “the real Africa,” and the environment is as untamed as it was 50 years ago.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Walking Safaris in South Luangwa

The concept of the African walking safari was developed in Zambia, and vast and beautiful South Luangwa National Park at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley is the perfect setting for such an adventure. A quick bush flight brings you from Lusaka, Zambia’s sleepy capital, to your first camp. From charming Nsefu Camp, set on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, experience quintessential safaris on foot with a professional ranger-tracker. Tracking animals on foot gives you a sense of the real Africa: from examining a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush—an “in the field” learning experience like no other. South Luangwa National Park stretches along the 500-mile-long Luangwa, one of the last free-flowing rivers in southern Africa. The river floods the valley annually, carving new channels through savanna woodlands and creating a haven for all kinds of wildlife. The Nsefu sector of the park is noted for its large concentrations of plains game (and their attending predators), and on day and evening game drives in specially adapted open 4WD vehicles, you will observe the whole gamut of African wildlife. Evening drives are a special treat: this is often an active time for big cats on the prowl as well as other creatures not seen during the day. Nsefu Camp is an intimate retreat set among shady mahogany trees. Right from the camp’s thatched-roofed dining room and bar you can watch elephants, hippo, and antelope gather at the river’s edge. Nearby is Buca Buca Lagoon, where big game congregates, and nearby salt pans attract Cookson’s wildebeest, an endemic species found only in this park. This is also the only place to see Thornicroft’s giraffe, another endemic species. Close at hand near camp is a gameviewing blind overlooking a waterhole, an excellent place from which to watch and photograph animals. Star-gazing under clear African skies here is a nightly treat.

Days 4-7
Undiscovered Zambian Wilds

From Tena Tena, a secluded tented camp with an authentic bush atmosphere, set out on exciting game walks and day and evening 4WD safaris with your naturalist guide (all-day drives, with a picnic lunch, are also available). In the countryside around Tena Tena, marked by oxbow lagoons and small lakes, leopard sightings are frequent and famous, and it is a thrill to see one of these gorgeous cats padding through the shadows, its tail lifted high, or perched languidly in a sausage tree. The birdwatching is also out of this world. More than 400 avian species have been recorded in South Luangwa National Park, from the striking saddlebill stork to the stately goliath heron and elegant crowned crane, along with the red-chested cuckoo and spectacular colonies of brightly colored carmine bee-eaters nesting in the steep, sandy banks of the river. Lovely Tena Tena Camp is nestled deep in the bush along the Luangwa River. Five large, walk-in tents each have a “dressing room” that separates the tent from the en suite shower and toilet, which are private but open to the stars. One side of these comfortable tents can be rolled up during the day, a great opportunity to watch the activity at the camp’s busy waterhole right from your tent. Tena Tena’s thatched dining room and bar overlook the Luangwa River. Both places are grand spots for savoring superb sunset views—and sundowners after an active day in the bush! It’s a great way to unwind and share memories of the wildlife sightings of the day. On Day 7, bid farewell to the wild world of Zambia, transfer to Mfuwe and depart via Lusaka.

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. This journey can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

May to October

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

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Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals except 1 lunch included
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • 4WD safari vehicles
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, private safari vehicles, charter flights, meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature.

Nsefu Camp

Nsefu Camp

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Founded by pioneering Zambian conservationist Norman Carr in the 1950s, Nsefu has a great location on a huge bend in the Luangwa River in the remote ...
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Tena Tena Camp

Tena Tena Camp

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Luangwa River, Zambia

Nestled deep in the bush along the Luangwa River, Tena Tena is a wonderfully intimate place with six walk-in tents furnished with comfortable beds ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.