Many of the Lower Zambezi’s varied activities focus on the great river, but walking safaris allow visitors to forge inland and explore some of the verdant woodland and open plains of this picturesque national park. Walks are possible in the Game Management Area outside the park, where there are large volumes of habituated wildlife. Perhaps a wilder, more authentic feel is experienced in walks from camps deep inside the park such as Old Mondoro, which is arguably the Lower Zambezi’s most renowned camp for walking safaris.
There will always be a guide and armed scout on hand for the inevitable close encounters with big game, which can include buffalo herds, lion prides and lone bull elephants. All of these animals will be given enough of a wide berth to ensure safety, while getting close enough to enjoy the visceral thrill of animal encounters on foot. Although not as famous as the South Luangwa walks, the guides should be equally well qualified, the wildlife every bit as impressive and the scenery perhaps even more spectacular, so make sure you set aside at least one safari slot for a Lower Zambezi walk.