Norman Carr Walking Safaris

The original walking safari

At a time when most people went on safari to shoot animals with guns, Norman Carr pioneered the idea of shooting animals with your camera instead. He wanted people to appreciate the wildlife in their natural habitat and to enjoy their surroundings. He was also one of the first to see the importance of working with rather than against the local community, so when he developed his first camp he did so in agreement and partnership with the local chief. Since first opening over 60 years ago, Norman Carr now operates five camps. 

With an emphasis on superb guiding, wild yet beautiful locations and private accommodation built from local materials, wonderful meals and friendly service, these are widely regarded as the best camps in Zambia and therefore are some of the most sought after in Africa.

Norman Carr Walking Safaris are the only operator in the Luangwa to have a full walking circuit of camps. These are specifically located so that you can walk between them. The walks are at a leisurely pace and you do not need a high level of fitness. If you do not want to walk the whole circuit you can choose to game drive instead, combine a walk with a drive or choose to stay at one camp and walk from there each day. Your bags will even be transported separately and waiting in your room when you arrive at the next camp.

Whether you choose to stay in one camp or several to explore a wider area, you can rest assured you'll have an amazing safari adventure.

The itinerary listed is just an example of what can be done, so please speak to our Destinations Specialists for further ideas.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Experiencing Zambia on foot
  • Seeing the big animals upclose
  • Spotting the little creatures you cannot see from a vehicle
  • Walking through the wilderness feeling like you are the only ones there

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

7 days
Group basis, Escorted

Itinerary Breakdown

Fly in to Mfuwe airport and be transferred to Chinzombo. This drive is part game drive as there is a high chance of seeing wildlife as you travel along. Chinzombo is an ultra-luxurious bush camp set on the banks of the Luangwa River, the perfect place to start your safari.

The days are yours to do with as you wish, spend each day on game drives and safari walks, just relax at the camp or split your time between adventure and relaxation, the chose is yours. As the camp is on the edge of a riverbank often you can enjoy the wildlife right from your location. 

If in the mood for a little pampering, book a treatment at the Ebony Spa where all products are made using healing herbal plants found in the bush before moving to your next camp.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Chinzombo

In the morning transfer along the river to Kakuli, your home for the next three nights, arriving in time for lunch and to settle in. During your stay you will enjoy sunset boat cruises, more walking safaris and game drives (drives not possible January to April) plus boat safaris.

This area is famous for its hippo and crocodile numbers and is an excellent spot for photography and birding.

On the last day you are transferred to Lusaka airport for either your flight home or continue your African adventure.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Kakuli Bush Camp

Tailor your itinerary

These are the different camps you can choose from.

- Mchenja Bush Camp: This is their flagship camp, located in the northern sectors of South Luangwa National Park. It is one of the most luxurious camps in the valley. There are just five tents overlooking the river. Here, enjoy day and night game drives plus very good walking safaris. Mchenja is one of the only bush camps that remain open throughout the year as the rest close in the wet season.

- Kakuli Bush Camp: This is their classic bush camp, it is simple and charming. There are four tented chalets with an open-air bathroom offering views of the river, where hippos can often be seen. The main activity here is walking, however there are both day and night game drives especially as nocturnal life is lively around the river.

- Nsolo Bush Camp: This is their adventurous walking camp that sits directly on the Luwi River bank. The river only runs during the rainy season, when the camp is closed, however the dry river bed is fantastic for game viewing especially for cats such as lions and leopards.

- Luwi Bush Camp: This is their most authentic camp making it very popular with safari lovers and people wanting a 'real' experience. The camp has just four rooms, made out of natural materials and rebuilt every year, are hidden among the trees in front of a clearing just off the Luwi riverbed where you can spot hippo and crocodiles. This area is particularly famous for its lions. If you are not that keen on walking then this is not the camp for you.

- Chinzombo: This is their newest camp and the most luxurious in the area. The camp is stylish, offers an incredibly high standard in terms of food, comfort and service and each of the six villas has its own private plunge pool. Activities here include game drives and walking safaris plus there is a yoga and exercise area and spa.