“Wilderness is not a luxury. It is a necessity of the human spirit” Edward Abbey

Mila (Milandi) recently came back from a walking safari in Zambia. Where she visited both the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park as a guest with Norman Carr Safaris. Milandi’s a budding photographer so she felt it was best to illustrate the trip, not with words, but her own photos…

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The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia. Until 1983 when the area was declared a national park the area was the private game reserve of Zambia’s president. This has resulted in the park being protected from the ravages of mass tourism and remains one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa.

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One of the finest ways to see magnificent African wildlife is on a canoeing safari on the Lower Zambezi River. You’ll paddle downstream on a relaxing adventure and get really close to the water’s edge, where Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo and Crocodile share their domain with you. #chongwerivercamp [Ryan, Penny & Nicole]

 

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Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa.  We found this leopard in a Sausage Tree as we entered into the park…

 

Mila's Zambia walking safari trip South Luangwa luwi

Way back in 1950, a young game ranger called Norman Carr initiated a far-reaching and visionary conservation concept which was to pave the way for modern conservation and tourism; he was the pioneer of walking safari’s. Luwi Camp above, nestled in the shade of huge mahogany trees, is close to a permanent hippo and crocodile-filled lagoon. It is situated deep in the heart of the National Park, on the dynamic seasonal Luwi River after which it is named. The area is extremely remote with no other camps or people for many miles around. #normancarrsafaris

 

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Our first morning on a bush walk in the South Luangwa National Park…

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Our excellent guide Phil tells us about True Weavers with Ilze getting the focus…

Mila's Zambia walking safari trip South Luangwa lion

This lion shot was not taken on foot but from a game drive… Though encountering large predators on foot is always a possibility…

I can image Norman Carr sitting at this desk #luwicamp

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Mila's Zambia walking safari trip South Luangwa lion kill

 

Pride of lion feeding on elephant that died two days ago due to natural courses. On a walking safari, you experience nature with your senses (sight, smell, sound, taste and touch) adrenaline pumps through your body when you find lion on foot #normancarrsafaris

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The team of intrepid travellers, admittedly not looking so intrepid now that we have encountered the luxury of Chinzombo!

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A kaleidoscope of images from the luxurious Chinzombo Camp #chinzombo

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I thought I would end with this relaxed photo of Beth, our Norman Carr Safaris host, showing you that a walking safari can be relaxing as well as exhilarating…

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