The South Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 400 species of birds.
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The South Luangwa is said to be the birthplace of the walking safari. Learn the many facets of the bush, from watching ants to spotting buffaloes and discovering bird's nests. To add an extra thrill, guides will even deliberately track elephants, lions and leopards and make approaches on foot. The river valley itself and the open grasslands of the oxbows lend themselves well to walking safaris since the wildlife is easily exposed in the open river bed. The superb wildlife and high quality camps like Sanctuary Puku Ridge, run by bush enthusiasts combine to make Zambian walking safaris among the best. Strict guiding exams also mean that there are consistently high standards for walking safaris in Zambia. You don't have to be a hiker to enjoy South Luangwa, but people who are used to getting out into the great outdoors will certainly appreciate the extra freedom and depth that is derived from a few days of safari on foot.
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