Footsteps is a Ker & Downey project aimed at taking visitors back to a simpler safari era for a closer engagement with the bush. Currently based in the Shinde Concession, the camp is moved every 2-3 years to minimise environmental impact and return the previous site to its original state. No matter where the camp resides, the focus is very much on walking safaris in the vein of Zambia’s best Luangwa Valley camps. Walks don’t generally offer viewings of quite the huge volumes of game accessible on game drives, but the atmosphere is magical and unique, allowing participants to get a keen idea of the sights, sounds, smells and frisson of the African wilderness.
Accommodation at Footsteps is in three Meru tents, with comfortable beds, en-suite bucket showers and flush toilets. This is no frills safari camping, but very comfortable and extremely peaceful as you bed down after dinner and drinks with no other camps for miles, surrounded by the wild sounds of the night. There is a reasonably stocked bar and a bush chef will rustle up tasty meals using the simplest facilities imaginable. Guiding from Footsteps is superb, with game drives and mokoro excursions also offered at certain times of year to break up the walking. Such a small camp is perfect for exclusive, small group bookings, and Footsteps is usually the base for the excellent Young Explorers project, aimed at fledgling safari adventurers.