The experience of watching a family of gorillas at play, foraging and relaxing is one that will stand out in your memory for a lifetime. Many describe feeling a deep connection to these great apes and you will be happy that two tracking permits are included. Zambia, and in particular the South Luangwa National Park, remains the finest place in Africa for walking safaris. Walking in Zambia is not the usual bug bumble typical of most 'game walks'. The prolific game and unrivalled expertise of the local guides mean that sightings of leopard, elephant, hippo, lion and wild dog are not just rare experiences, but commonplace. This is an intense experience, covering a range of distances from 2-3 hours to a full day. Walks are largely, blissfully, conducted in silence. Walking in single file guests are encouraged to really listen and connect with the environment. Tune into bird calls, or the barking of baboons, are they alarm calls signalling the presence of predators? You will want to have all senses tuned in as the chances of encountering big game is high. There's nothing quite as adrenaline-inducing as walking into a herd of buffalo, the most feared by hunters, their bovine bulk and uncanny focus is unnerving.
What makes this trip extraordinary?
- Come face-to-face with endangered mountain gorillas, twice!
- Experience the exhilaration of encountering big game on foot.
- Game viewing in a reserve renowned for having the highest density of leopards.
- The magic of night drives seeking out nocturnal wildlife from predators to porcupines.