"Zambian guides are rightly regarded as some of the most qualified and experienced in Africa. It is their expertise in reading your surroundings that enables you to find and then observe the wildlife – sometimes at close quarters"
In such a vast wilderness area with so few camps, it is easy to see why this reserve is the original home of walking safaris. The landscape with open river banks and mixed savannah is the perfect blend to allow safe but rewarding walking.
Each of your senses goes into overdrive, listening for oxpeckers which signal the presence of buffalo, learning to read the signs in the dust which your expert guide will use to steer you to incredible wildlife sightings.
For seasoned safari-goers, several endemic species can be found, Thornicroft Giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s Zebra. Given the plethora of rare and more common plains game, its perhaps not surprising that the Luangwa Valley has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard.
To maximise your game viewing, days on safari start in the pre-dawn cool when the predators are at their most active. Early starts and late finishes are offset by long lazy lunches and siestas during the heat of the day and pay dividends for the crepuscular activity. Heading out of camp by Land Rover means you can cover more ground, before picking up tracks and trails and then exploring further on foot. It is only on foot that you are able to notice the minute details which combine to paint a bigger picture. Night drives back to camp after sundowner drinks, illuminate yet more nocturnal creatures and frequently leopards too as they set about their night time adventures.
In Pursuit of the African Tiger
Zambia: In Pursuit of the African Tiger
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