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Walking Safari in Zambia

By Viator, November 2013

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Walking safaris can sometimes seem like glorified nature hikes, where the main attraction is flora and foliage. Luckily, this is not the case in Zambia, where expert (and armed) guides take travelers deep into the bush for a chance to experience the wonders of the wild right up close. Because following on foot avoids the hum of an engine that’s so often a part of game drives, spotting elephants, wild dogs, giraffe and even lions is likely, and many agree the thrill is greater without the protection of doors, windows and four-wheel drive.

Walking safaris take place in the morning or afternoon and typically move at a leisurely pace and travelers tend to determine how much time is spent out in the bush. Expert guides provide detailed information about animal tracks, plants, insects and the environment that don’t often come with more traditional safaris. Longer treks of two or three days are also available, with overnight stays in area camps. Those who enjoy longer experiences can spend up to a week in some places, like Luangwa or Kafue National Park, with basic or luxurious accommodations.

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