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Recognising the growing desire from travellers to connect with nature and to be more active, more and more lodges are offering guided walking options, ranging from a short few hours to longer expeditions. But what is it really like to participate in a multiple-day walking safari? To find out, we visited the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, one of the world’s great wildlife reserves
Podcast: Guide Deb Tittle talks hippo with the author, on the banks of the Luangwa River

Communicating only in hand signals, Alex beckons us to come closer. We crouch down and move slowly along the riverbank. Some 30 metres ahead wading through shallow water are four elephants, one so tiny he fits under his mother’s tummy. We watch mum nudging him gently with her trunk and in the stillness hear their soft rumbles soothing the little baby. “This is how I like seeing elephants,” Alex whispers, “when they’re at peace and undisturbed and don’t even know we’re here.” Moments like this are what walking safaris are all about. For me, it’s the best way to explore the bush, better than a game drive with that inescapable engine drone and the inevitable degree of separation from nature that comes from sitting in a vehicle. On foot, you have to rely on all your senses and on the wits and wisdom of your team to lead you safely through the wilderness.

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