Zambia Walking Safaris

Zambia is the home of the walking safaris with enticing options in the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Kafue.

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Walking safaris in Zambia were pioneered in South Luangwa National Park and it still sets the pace. However you can also enjoy safaris on foot in the Lower Zambezi, North Luangwa and Kafue.

But what do we mean by a walking safari, and is it always ‘hard core’?

The great things about walking in Zambia is that you can decide how much or how little walking you wish to do. Zambia walking safaris range from a full-on guided walking safari. Staying in fly-camps in the remote bush, through to simply enjoying a morning bush walk instead of a game drive.

Set Departure Zambia Walking Safaris

We have a number of set departure walking safari staying in fly camps and walking each day. You are accompanied by some of the finest guides in Africa. Robin Pope Safaris offer several mobile safaris through the dry season. These are very popular and sell out rapidly! So don’t hesitate to contact us and discuss and book your dates.

Walking Safaris at a Bush Camp

Many of our clients prefer a more tailor-made approach. Another option is to stay at a bush camp in the South Luangwa which specializes in walking safaris, such as Bilimungwe Camp or Nsefu Camp.

Ideally you split your time between two or three of these bush camps to enjoy the different terrain. This in turn attracts diverse wildlife. Sometimes you can even walk between two bush camps such as from Luwi to Nsolo Camp, or Chindeni to Chamilandu. We recommend adding a couple of nights at a third lodge which focuses on game drives. This will give you a well-rounded safari experience. In the Lower Zambezi, Old Mondoro and Chiawa Camp also do plenty of walking safaris.

What’s the best time for a walking safari in Zambia?

The ideal time for Zambia walking safaris is probably June to mid September. In June and July it will be cool in the mornings but you’ll be able to walk in comfort for hours. By mid September, it will be warm even as you leave the camp early in the morning. So you’ll be pretty hot by the time you finish your walk at 10.30 or 11 am. The middle of the day is spent enjoying a well-earned siesta. (October is very hot so not recommended for a serious walking safari!)


We’ve outlined a couple of sample walking safaris in Zambia below to give you some ideas.
If you’re not sure whether you’d enjoy a walking safari, ask us to recommend camps that offer both game drives and bush walks!