Walking Safaris - South Luangwa
“I waited 40 years for this - reality so much better than dreams. We shall return.” Daun
- Walking safari - 5 nights mobile, combined with 1 night Nkwali, 1 night Tena Tena or Nsefu itinerary
- Up to 6 guests per departure
- Set and guaranteed departures (dates and availability)
- No single supplement on the walking days
- Walk in tents, camp beds, 60L bucket shower, short drop bush loos
- Open air dining
- Walking only when on the mobile
- Safari Activities - walking safaris, drives, night drives, Kawaza Village visit when at the camps
After two days at Nkwali, with time to unwind, we set off - full of anticipation. The drive up to the Mupamadazi River took us to through different woodland, a few large pans where we saw unusual birds (yellow billed duck) and mammal species (Lichenstien's hartebeest) and a petrified forest. We had a picnic lunch on the way and then arrived at the camp around midday, just in time for siesta.
The camp is very simple - a row of tents "walk in" that open both ends for good ventilation with camp beds, mattress, sheets and blankets), a shared large bucket shower and two "bush loos". The dinning table is under the shadiest tree and the bar is a small table with the glasses and drinks, next to a small gas fridge to keep the beers and wine chilled. The food is first class and the same standard as the safari camps. The camp is completely mobile and will move ahead on the "transfer days" driven in a 5 ton truck by Webby. We, of course, walk to the next site and arrive to cool drinks and lunch on the table. I have no idea how they do it - it has all the details and standards of a fixed camp - but with a flexible location.
The area is very different from the Luangwa River - firstly the Mupamadzi is clear and shallow. A tributary of the Luangwa, it rises in the mountainous escarpment within sight. We crossed the river many times - the ritual of taking of the boots and cooling the feet became second nature! There are foothills, open plains, thickets, wooded parklands, reedbeds, forest - amazing how many terrains and habitats you can walk through in one day.
Rocky, our guide, was simply amazing. He seemed to know everything about the bush - from the termite's way of life to how to creep up on sleeping lion. Our days were basically the same in routine. Up pre dawn and set off at first light. We walked until around eleven - when we returned to camp for lunch. After a siesta and tea, we set off again for a short walk before sunset. Mostly our hostess, Hannah, met us with a vehicle at sunset. Sometimes we walked back to camp. Either way, the evening was spent chatting around the camp fire, and soon after dinner we were off to bed - weary and happy. I had been worried about not being super fit - but it was fine. Long mornings and some rough ground but I am able to walk 10 km without a problem and that is sufficient.
After 5 nights in this total wilderness, we headed onto Tena Tena ...