South Luangwa Walking – Mobile Camping Safari

8 Day Hiking Safari

Safari Description:

The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and amongst some of finest wildlife regions in Africa. Walking in the veldt gives you a totally different experience, the safari heads to the north of the park where you will walk for five days covering approximately 10km a day, following the Mupamadzi River through woodland and plains and enjoy superb sightings.

Safari Highlights:

South Luangwa Valley: walking trails close to Luangwa River and unspoilt wilderness areas

South Luangwa covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – from enormous herds of elephant, plenty of buffalo, numerous antelope including sable and the rare roan; to predators including leopard, lion and caracal – and over 400 species of birds. From ants to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well–equipped with walk–in tents and full bedding.  Have a look at this video for more info

Main Attractions:

Zambia: •South & North Luangwa

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Nkwali Camp
Day 2–4 Mobile Camp
Day 5–6 Mobile Camp
Day 7 Tena Tena Camp or Nfusu Camp US$5,378
Day 8 End of safari

Map & Itinerary
Length 8 days
Safari Type Hiking Safari
Price From US$ 8200
Countries Zambia
Accommodation Luxury
Group Size Maximum 6 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note 8 & 10 Day versions available.
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Luxury Comfort3 Star4 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Nkwali Camp

On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is around 1 hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. Situated on private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, the camp is ideally situated for the start of your walking safari.

Day 2 Mobile Camp

After an early breakfast, head north to start your walking mobile which has become known as THE wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Arrive in camp around midday. The camp is already set up for your arrival with well–equipped walk–in tents. Later this afternoon enjoy a walk around camp, returning in time for sundowners

Day 3&4 Mobile Camp

Up at sunrise for a morning walk: The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unaccustomed to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will be packed and moved to Camp 2 and we walk to our next destination arriving in time for lunch. A shorter walk in the area is experienced later in the afternoon and the following day.

Day 5&6 Mobile Camp

The camp will be moved again to camp 3 during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout and the chance to take in the smaller things as well as a chance to savour the space and tranquillity of this magnificent wilderness

Day 7 Tena Tena Camp or Nfusu Camp

After an early breakfast transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena and drive to camp. Tena Tena staff will meet and boat the party across the river. This remote and small camp lies within the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom–made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank, there is time for a siesta and later head out on an evening game drive to search for nocturnal game not normally spotted during the day or on your walks

Day 8

End It’s the last day at Tena Tena and you enjoy final game activities in the morning. Depending on your flight time you will be transferred by vehicle to Mfuwe Airport.

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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