In the midst of our fast-paced lives, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. The constant buzz of city living and the demands of our routines can make us forget the profound beauty that nature has to offer. This is where a safari becomes a welcome escape, a chance to step away from the chaos and embrace life’s simple, yet profound, moments.

In this blog, we explore our top five safari experiences that bring you closer to nature. These experiences provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the extraordinary, from witnessing captivating sunrises and sunsets, to discovering the intricate details of the natural world on a walking safari…

AFRICAN SUNRISE AND SUNSETS

The magic of the Zambian bush unfolds at dawn as the sun’s first rays grace the horizon. Imagine yourself in this captivating landscape, holding a warm cup of coffee. You’re by the Luangwa River, a natural amphitheater where bird songs mix with distant hippo calls. It’s like having a front-row seat to nature’s incredible show signaling the start of a day, ripe with the promise of thrilling discoveries ahead!

Kaingo Bush Camp fire pit | Image credit: Robin Lee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

As the day draws to a close, the African sunset unveils it’s masterpiece. The sun dips below the horizon, bathing the land in a warm, golden glow. Sipping on a classic Gin and Tonic, you can’t help but be captivated. It’s a moment to reflect on the day’s adventures and revel in the marvels of mother nature. Our guides know the best places to stop for sundowners whilst on a game drive, but we also enjoy climbing the steps of Mwamba’s Ant Hill and sipping a cool beer as the sun sets inland. Find out more about this unique vantage point here.

Mwamba Bush Camp anthill lookout                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

WALKING SAFARIS: EXPLORING THE DETAILS

Walking safaris offer a chance to explore the finer details of South Luangwa’s landscape. It’s a contrast to the larger-than-life sightings of a game drive, allowing you to appreciate the smaller, often unnoticed, aspects of nature. As you walk, your guide points out the tracks and signs of smaller creatures, revealing a world of intricate flora, birdlife, and insects. It’s a chance to observe the subtle beauty of a spider’s web covered in dew, or the clever camouflage of a chameleon amidst the leaves. You might find yourself fascinated by the vivid colors of a butterfly, or mesmerised by the graceful presence of a centuries-old baobab tree.

Senior guide, Patrick

Both images above: Irène Plüss

STARGAZING: A COSMIC SHOWCASE

Under the expansive African night sky, stargazing becomes an experience that transcends the ordinary. Here, where the land meets the heavens, the stars come alive in a celestial ballet. What sets South Luangwa apart is not just the unspoiled canvas of stars but also the art of storytelling by our knowledgeable guides that accompanies the night. With minimal light pollution, the Milky Way stretches across the heavens, revealing constellations and galaxies in intricate detail. It’s a celestial showcase that awakens the imagination and connects you with the cosmos in a way that is simply impossible elsewhere.
 

STAR BEDS: SLEEPING WITHIN NATURE
 
 

Elephant hide star bed and view As featured in the Best Star Beds in Africa lists by the likes of Go2Africa and Africa Geographic.

Numbu star bed and view

GAME DRIVES: THE MAGIC OF DISCOVERY

Embarking on a game drive through South Luangwa with our seasoned guides is an adventure that unravels the wonders of the African wilderness. Utilizing our own tractor and grader, we meticulously maintain and modify game viewing loops, ensuring a smooth ride and an opportunity to witness the best of this fantastic area. Our extensive network of loops takes you through forests, lagoons, plains, and the old courses of the river, known as “Wafwas.”

Senior guide Sly with his guests, and a member of the renowned Hollywood pride

As you traverse the landscape in our customized vehicles, our guides skillfully position the vehicle to capture the morning sun illuminating the source of activity – perhaps a leopard stealthily making its way, or a pride of lions awakening. It’s a front-row seat to nature’s captivating drama, offering a unique and comfortable experience that sets us apart and provides unparalleled views of South Luangwa’s beautiful landscape.

Each of these safari experiences brings you closer to the heart of nature, revealing its unique and mesmerizing magic. Whether you’re witnessing the captivating sunrises and sunsets, embarking on a walking safari, stargazing under the African night sky, or immersing yourself in the wild with our star beds and game drives, you’ll carry these unforgettable memories with you as a testament to the untouched beauty of South Luangwa…

Are you ready to experience this wildlife haven?

Contact us at info@shentonsafaris.com to plan your perfect safari
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