Savor the moments of solitude and wonder on a walking trail through Luambe National Park
Guided Backpack Adventure
Complete Wilderness Immersion
Luangwa Valley Magic

The Luangwa Wilderness Trail is the first of its kind to be offered in the Luangwa Valley.

The ultimate immersive safari experience – a wilderness trail allows you to truly engage with the untamed wilderness, diverging from the conventional role of a voyeur in a vehicle. Disconnect from the relentless stresses of the modern world and rediscover your senses, soul and primordial roots through this transformative wilderness journey. 

1 June – 31 October
5 nights, 6 days
6 – 8 people per group
Min 16 yrs old

“Walking in Luambe is great. Some of the best walking we have experienced in Southern Africa. Amazingly varied bush and scenery, from riverine through thickets, little dambos into mopani, miombo and leadwood forests through to open grasslands. A fantastic place to walk.”

 – Craig, Sally, Neil, Debbie & Ted “The Bushwalkers”, August 2023

The Luangwa Wilderness trail is defined by its simplicity.

Participants carry everything they need for the multi-day walking safari with them in a backpack. With a typical duration of 3 nights, the pace of each trail is unique to the capabilities and interests of the trail group – with the intensity of the sun and water availability being the only governing elements. Days are spent exploring the wonders of nature with an experienced guide/facilitator and National Park’s Scout. Nights are spent under the stars, as each participant takes their turn to relish the solitary serenity that comes with night watch. With no fixed infrastructure, camps or tents, each walking route is unique with no group following the same path as the next.

Is the Luangwa Wilderness trail right for you?

Consider these 3 statements below to see whether you would enjoy a luxury trail.

Can you go screen-free?

This is an “all in – Africa under your fingernails’ experience. We strongly recommend leaving all modern technology behind at camp so that you can truly immerse yourself in this wilderness experience from the moment your trail begins.

Are you able to “rough it”?

The focus is not on luxury at all – it’s about great guiding, entering the natural world as a participant as opposed to an observer and having miles and miles of the Luangwa Valley to yourself to explore.

Are you active?

A wilderness trail is not a race. The pace is set to match the comfort and capabilities of each individual trail group. That being said, you will need to carry all of your own kit, including food for the entire trail. A comprehensive kit list will be provided before your arrival.

What will the Luambe Wilderness Trail entail?

See a brief overview of the Wilderness Trail below
  1. Day 1: Arrival in South Luangwa

    When you arrive at Mfuwe Airport, you will be driven to one of our partner lodges in South Luangwa where you will spend your first night.

  2. Day 2: Travel to Luambe / Start of the Trail

    Depart from South Luangwa and arrive at Luambe Camp in time for high tea and briefing. You will then head off on your wilderness trail.

  3. Day 3 – 4: Wilderness Trail

    These two days will be spent walking through the Park and sleeping under the stars.

  4. Day 5: Return to Camp

    Conclude your trail with a bush brunch under Luambe’s trees, then relax at the camp, share stories, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

  5. Day 6: Depart for Mfuwe

    Early breakfast followed by a road transfer back to Mfuwe.

Discover Luambe’s Beauty: A gallery of the Park’s Diverse Landscapes

Along the trail you will explore the enchanting and diverse landscapes that define Luambe National Park

Overview of Day 1

Arrival in South Luangwa

When you arrive in Mfuwe, you will be met at the airport and transported to one of our partner lodges for a relaxing night in the wilderness surrounding South Luangwa National Park.

You will enjoy a delightful afternoon game drive, welcome dinner at the lodge and have a restful night’s sleep before your big adventure begins tomorrow!

Overview of Day 2

Travel to Luambe and begin the Trail

After a tasty breakfast, you will depart from South Luangwa to Luambe National Park. The drive will take you through the celebrated Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park – keep an eye out for the Grey Crowned Crane feeding area along the way!

Upon arrival at Luambe Camp, the Luambe team will warmly welcome you; camp management will provide you with a relaxed briefing over a tasty high tea and once you are ready, you will embark on your wilderness trail. Begin your trail from camp with your expert guide and National Park’s Scout. Step into Luambe’s untamed wilderness and share space with its small and tall inhabitants.

Overview of Day 3 & Day 4

Two full days of walking on the Trail

Rise and fall with the sun as you immerse yourself in Luambe’s ancient wilderness. Explore the diverse array of habitats, reflect in moments of stillness and reconnect with a human experience long forgotten by the Western world. 

Overview of Day 5

Last day on the Trail / Final night in Luambe camp

Enjoy a breath-taking sunrise before heading off on your final walk of the trail. A bush brunch in the shade of one of Luambe’s magnificent trees will mark the end of your trail. 

Return to Luambe Camp for an afternoon of relaxation and reflection. 

Rejuvenate with the lodge’s amenities, share stories with fellow trail blazers, and savour a delicious dinner.

Overview of Day 6

Departure Day

Bid farewell to the lodge and the captivating landscapes of Luambe National Park as you depart for the drive back to Mfuwe – taking with you cherished memories of your adventure in the remote Zambian wilderness.

Location & Logistics: Where is Luambe National Park?

Your Luambe experience starts with a night in South Luangwa National Park. You would need to fly to Mfuwe Airport, where you will be met and transported to your accommodation inside the Park.

Luangwa Wilderness Trail Rates

This trail is avalable from 1 July – 31 October.

USD 1995 per person for 5 nights

This rate includes: 

– 5 nights accommodation (1 night in South Luangwa, 3 nights on trail and 1 night at Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park)
– Airport Pick up/ Drop off
– Road transfers between Mfuwe and Luambe (option to charter flights at extra cost)
– All meals: including trail food
– Soft drinks, house wines and local brand spirits and beers at Luambe Camp
– Park fees and bednight levies

– Premium brand drinks and all drinks in South Luangwa
– Walking safaris in South Luangwa
– Gratuities

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