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S. Luangwa Walking Safari Advice

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I am about to book six nights in the Bushcamp Co. bush camps in South Luangwa in October. My primary interest is to spend some solid time on the ground in as unfiltered an experience with the area as possible. I also, however, would like to have at least a couple of close encounters with game for photo purposes, so that not all of my shots from the trip are taken on the far end of a 400mm lens.

Understanding that on foot it is neither wise nor practical to get really close to the larger game in the area (elephants, predators etc.), and accepting this part of the experience, I wonder if any of you have been on walks in the area, have some insight into the proximity to game one can expect on a walk in October in South Luangwa (as opposed to other reports on the site re: the bushcamp co. walks which, while very informative, seem to have related to trips much earlier in the season), and may have an opinion on whether it might make more sense to sacrifice a day or two in the bush camps for a day or two at Mfuwe Lodge (with its game drives) for a better chance at close proximity (day time) game encounters. If the experience of any of you suggests the walks are going to offer even reasonable proximity to game, I’ll just stay in the bush camps.

Many thanks for your thoughts and input.....

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