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Perekani Walking Trail

Five smart but rustic bushcamps are the comfortable staging posts for this walking safari in South Luangwa. The route offers outstanding seclusion and rich wildlife with top-quality guiding throughout.

Perekani Walking Trail: Summary

Perekani Trail in a nutshell

This walking safari is designed for keen walkers who want to explore South Luangwa’s rich flora and fauna largely on foot. It’s camp-to-camp walking and there’s something very liberating about moving through the park for days without a vehicle.

For this we’ve chosen five camps, from two small, top-notch owner-run operations. Most of these camps are constructed simply, from woven grass and poles. But this belies their high quality and you’ll find many comfortable touches – from hot showers and flushing toilets to enveloping beds – which enables them to provide comfort after a day in the bush. Even the ‘kitchens’, comprising fire pits dug into the ground, consistently create a remarkable cuisine.

The top-class guides add expertise to your immersion in the wilderness. As well as being good company, their enthusiasm and insight into the local wildlife and vegetation add real depth to your experience.

Finally, the trail itself is sure to impress: part of this route was once taken by David Livingstone, who was also on foot, as he passed through this area of outstanding wildlife. The absence of roads and safari vehicles heightens the sense of being alone in nature, making this trip an exclusive and truly unforgettable safari.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
2 nights Tafika - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Chikoko Tree Camp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Crocodile Bushcamp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Mwamba Bushcamp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Kaingo Camp - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
Ends: Lusaka International Airport

Tafika

Days 1-3

Home to John and Carol Coppinger, Tafika is a small and apparently fairly rustic camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Its location, on the northern side of the beautiful Nsefu Sector within in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, makes Tafika – along with its two satellite bushcamps on the other side of the river – the most northerly of South Luangwa's operational safari camps. This allows most activities to be carried out in quiet areas of the park that see very few other visitors.

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Chikoko Tree Camp

Days 3-5

Chikoko Tree Camp is an exceptionally small, intimate and rustic bushcamp that overlooks the seasonal Chikoko River – a scenic, winding channel lined by shady ebony trees. It is set in a remote area of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park that is exclusive to walking safaris; there are no vehicles here to break the silence, and other visitors are rare.

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Crocodile Bushcamp

Days 5-7

The tiny and stylishly rustic Crocodile Bushcamp – also known as Crocodile River Camp – is one half of a pair of bushcamps, known as Chikoko Trails Camps, that occupy a remote walking-only section of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Made of reed and thatch, and rebuilt every year after the rains, it's one of the simpler camps that we feature.

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Mwamba Bushcamp

Days 7-9

Small, intimate and very remote, Mwamba Bushcamp is set beneath the shade of tall ebony trees. It's a very natural yet comfortable camp, owned by Derek and Jules Shenton, and overlooking a waterhole in the usually dry bed of the seasonal Mwamba River.

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Kaingo Camp

Days 9-11

The well-established Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa River from beneath an old grove of ebony trees. Owned by Derek Shenton and his family, it's one of the few independent camps remaining in South Luangwa National Park. Derek, and his engaging wife Jules, live in Lusaka and are very involved in running the camp, visiting frequently and sometimes helping out with the guiding.

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Tafika

Tafika

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chikoko Tree Camp

Chikoko Tree Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Crocodile Bushcamp

Crocodile Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mwamba Bushcamp

Mwamba Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Kaingo Camp

Kaingo Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Perekani Walking Trail.

  • An outdoor shower accompanied by birdsong
  • Stalking up to giraffe quietly on foot
  • Watching soufflés cooked over a firepit
  • Listening to the sounds of the bush
  • Learning how to track from expert guides

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Perekani Walking Trail: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Perekani Walking Trail

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Perekani Walking Trail. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Leopard

99% chance

Wildebeest

94% chance

Wild dog

80% chance

Eland

54% chance

Roan antelope

45% chance

Sable antelope

13% chance

Pangolin

7% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Perekani Walking Trail. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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