Our early pioneer, Norman Carr, believed that you never truly knew or understood a country and its wildlife until you had walked it. It’s for this very reason that Zambia has been crowned home of the Walking Safari as this philosophy has been instilled in generations of Zambians.
At Time + Tide Safaris, we invite our guests to follow the road less traveled with our Walking Safari Guides – some having trained with Norman himself – and immerse themselves in the unspoiled wilderness of South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Liuwa Plain.
The traditional Walking Safari is the ultimate way for guests to slow down, reconnect with nature and experience Africa in its entirety. Although you may be able to travel further by vehicle, being on foot allows you to experience and embrace a new array of scents, sounds, and signals of the bush such as where a honey badger lay the night before or how dung beetles tackle their crucial task so diligently. The magic is in the finer details of the wild world that surrounds us.
The legendary Norman Carr was a man ahead of his time. He was a bold innovator of the Walking Safari which initiated a far-reaching concept that was to pave the way for modern conservation and ecotourism. Back in 1950, he encouraged Senior Chief Nsefu – Paramount Chief of the Kunda people in the Luangwa Valley – to set aside a portion of tribal land as a game reserve and built the first game viewing camp open to the public in Zambia.
His dream was to secure the future of this unique wilderness by ensuring that the local population would benefit through the conservation of the wildlife and habitat of the Luangwa Valley. It was during this time that Norman Carr pioneered the Walking Safari experience.
Begin your journey at our Seasonal Camps – open from the 20th of May to the 15th of November every year – exploring the wilds of the South Luangwa in the tradition of the Walking Safari from camp to camp. Originally sited by Norman Carr decades ago, the camps are located in the best game areas of the whole National Park.
As with all of our journeys, Walking Safaris are flexible itineraries that we design to your preference based on your choice of Seasonal Camps and the length of your stay. Whether you opt for our most popular five-night walking safari itinerary or extend it to 10 nights for the full circuit with 2 nights spent at each Seasonal Camp, this raw, authentic experience will transport you to a whole different world.
The distances and walking times between each of our Seasonal Camps:
+ Luwi to Nsolo – 9.5 km (approximately 2.5 – 3 hours)
+ Nsolo to Kakuli – 14 km (approximately 4 – 4.5 hours)
+ Nsolo to Mchenja – 12 km (approximately 4 hours)
+ Kakuli to Mchenja – 7 km (approximately 2 hours)
For every Walking Safari experience, our guests dictate the pace and are accompanied by a Time + Tide Guide and a scout. Zambia has exceptionally high Walking Safari Guide standards and exams, therefore allowing guests to be at ease and feel safe in the wilderness. The recommended minimum age is 12 years old and is at the discretion of our Guides.
Walk as much or as little as you please, as there is always the alternative option of a vehicle transfer between camps with all luggage being transferred ahead of you. In addition to your morning walking safari, game drives are available in the evening too.
In a world where everyone is seeking real wellness, connecting with wild places and embracing the present moment, a Walking Safari offers all these and more. Whether you’re a first-time safari goer, a seasoned one, or a family joining us on a safari adventure, we invite you to follow in the footsteps of early conservationists and immerse yourself in the abundance of wildlife in an unspoiled wilderness.
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