It’s been said of Africa, “To commune with wildlife, do as it does and follow the water.” With Country Walkers’ new 2019 tour into Zambia and Botswana, adventurers do just that, exploring the sweeping veld close to the earth, walking in riverine worlds and pristine bush in search of creatures great and small.
During the 11-day Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta tour, guests linger over the lush and revealing details, witnessing the unseen sights and sounds that safari vehicles pass by and gazing upon breathtaking wildlife from afar. Travelers witness the river rituals of hippos along the Zambezi River and walk a mist-soaked forest along the roaring Victoria Falls. Marvel as elephants bathe in the Chobe River and drift in a mokoro canoe along the labyrinthine rivulets of the Okavango Delta among a sea of swaying reeds. By night, guests end each day at intimate, award-winning lodges and bush camps and end each day under an ink-dark curtain awash in infinite stars. This is Africa at its purest, a striking abundance of untamed life seldom experienced on foot. Tour prices start at $7,398 per person, double occupancy (including airfare).
Other Africa walking tours from Country Walkers include:
South Africa Safari: The Cape and Kruger National Park
Guests enjoy the best of South Africa on one indelible journey through two of its most compelling destinations: Cape Town and Krugar National Park. On dramatic coastal walks, meet entertaining penguins and migrating whales, and traverse vineards to sample local Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wines during a picnic lunch. In Kruger National Park, guests experience the thrill of tracking game on foot with expert guides and experience encounters with the “Big Five” and rare nocturnal animals as well during both day and night bush drives. At night, travelers return to a deluxe lodge and remote camp deep in the bush that hearkens back to Africa’s golden era. Tour prices start at $6,798 per person, double occupancy (including airfare).
Zambia Safari: Exclusive Camps & Bush Walks
Adventurers and wildlife lovers explore Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, where the walking safari was pioneered. The adventure begins at award-winning Mfuwe Lodge, a luxurious point of entry to venture deep into the bush on daily game drives. Continue to three remote yet deluxe bush camps for an intimate wildlife experience on foot in one of Mother Africa’s last unspoiled regions. This is the real Africa – with all the challenge, beauty, mystery and excitement that a walking safari promises – filled with close-up encounters with great mammals, the rare Thornicroft’s giraffe (only found in the South Luangwa Valley) and colorful birds among the park’s floodplains and lagoons. Tour prices start at $8,898 per person, double occupancy (including airfare).
Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks
A journey into one of Africa’s lesser-known regions, this experience into Zimbabwe offers explorers the chance to track elephants on foot through pristine grassland and follow trails along the rim of Victoria Falls. Guests enjoy the thrill of walking through the bush with expert guides, learning to read animal tracks in the dirt and sense changes in wind direction. Discover the fascinating history of Africa’s Cape-to-Cairo Railway while riding through miles of backcountry, watching giraffe and lion cross in front of the open railcar. Perfectly situated camps and lodges offer luxury accommodations with views of plunging gorges and watering holes from beautifully appointed rooms. Tour prices start at $7,648 per person, double occupancy.
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