Leopard, South Luangwa, Zambia


The home of the walking safari, Zambia is renowned for on-foot adventures. Sleep in small bush camps, track lion paw prints at first light and finish the day ankle-deep in the cooling waters of one of the Zambezi’s quiet tributaries.

With a feeling of untamed nature, Zambia is a country that draws people back, time and time again. To many, a Zambian safari represents the real Africa – a still undiscovered wilderness where exploration on foot reaps the greatest rewards.

From the plains of Liuwa and the savannah of Luangwa to the thundering majesty of Victoria Falls, Zambia encapsulates the idea of an African adventure.

Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa, Zambia
South Luangwa, Zambia
South Luangwa, Zambia
South Luangwa, Zambia
Isolated elephant in a mist of sprayed water, South Luangwa, Zambia
Elephant, South Luangwa, Zambia

Why choose Zambia

Home of the walking safari, Zambia offers some of the best on-foot game wildlife viewing in Africa. Led by an expert guide, explore the magnificent Luangwa Valley on foot, with the option to even walk from camp to camp as part of a specialised walking safari.

And beyond this, Zambia has plenty to offer. On its southern border, the Victoria Falls crash majestically down into the Zambezi; in the remote north, conservation and royal rituals sit side by side on the Liuwa Plains; and farther west, prehistoric shoebill storks hide in the Bangweulu Wetlands.

Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
Elephant with baby by river, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Why travel to Zambia with Steppes

With over two decades of experience arranging Zambian safaris, we know not just the best camps but the people behind them. A walking safari is brought to life by the guide, so we will always recommend camps that are renowned for their guides.

It’s also a reality of a Zambian safari that some of the better sightings come in busier areas of the parks. That’s why we often choose to combine multiple camps within the same park – balancing seclusion with exceptional sightings.

Hippos, South Luangwa, Zambia
Hippos, South Luangwa, Zambia

Our Recommendation

Don’t know where to start? This suggested holiday combines all the best elements of a Zambian walking safari: experienced guides, intimate camps and complete wilderness.

8 days

from £5,175 pp

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Experiences to consider

Zambia offers incredible experiences that will help us to create a bespoke and memorable journey for you.

Bat migration, Kasanka National Park, Zambia

Fruit Bats

Witness millions of fruit bats fill the skies in Kasanka.

Shoebill in East Africa, Zambia

Spot Shoebills

Spot rare shoebills nesting in the Bangweulu Wetlands. Stay at the beautiful Shoebill Island Camp.

A black lechwe looks back on a wide open plain, Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia

Wetland Wildlife

Encounter wetland species, such as the black lechwe and rosy-throated longclaw.

Wildebeest, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia

The Wildebeest Migration

Witness the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa.

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Stilt, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia

Bird Watching

Spot 300 species of birds, including the rare and endangered wattled and crowned cranes.

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hyaena, Liuwa Plains, Zambia


Encounter the park’s huge clans of hyenas – some as large as 60 individuals.

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Zebra running on plains, Liuwa Plains, Zambia

Plains Wildlife

Admire the game that flourishes here, with red lechwes, zebras and wildebeests, all seen in their thousands.

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Cultural shopping brackets

Kabwata Cultural Village

Visit Kabwata Cultural Village for some curio shopping.

Black Rhino, North Luangwa, Zambia

Remote North

Explore remote and wild North Luangwa. Home to endangered black rhinos, this little-visited park is very different from its southern namesake.

Wading on walking safari, South Luangwa, Zambia

Walking Safari

Experience the thrill of approaching big game on foot – accompanied by one of the best walking guides in Africa.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Explore Zambia

  • North & South Luangwa
  • Lower Zambezi
  • Livingstone
  • Kafue National Park
  • Liuwa Plain National Park

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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