The Surefoot Concession

15,000 acres of prime wilderness in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia's premier National Park

Norman Carr pioneered walking trails at surefootsafaris and in the South Luangwa National Park. Demonstrating that photo safaris could be more successful than hunting safaris, Carr persuaded his peers to open up the national parks of Zambia to operate walking safaris - the same experience as hunters enjoyed, but without harming the wildlife. Carr's vision created the photo-tourism industry and a new way of funding conservation forever...

A number of renowned Zambian safari guides have spent time learning their craft with Norman Carr in the Surefoot Concession including Phil Berry, Robin Pope, James Zulu and John Coppinger.

On retirement from a distinguished career as a Chief Warden of South Luangwa National Park, Carr set up his pioneering 'walking trails' in the mid-1970’s. Knowing the park well he selected the location carefully for its variety of landscapes and proximity to the various tributaries of the Luangwa River. Whilst much has changed in Zambian tourism in the last 40 years, the Surefoot Concession's location remains unrivalled.


The Surefoot Concession is located in the north-east corner of the South Luangwa National Park in the Mwanya District in Zambia.

International air access will get you on scheduled flights to Mfuwe International Airport (MFU) serviced by regular flights from Lusaka (Zambia) and Lilongwe (Malawi).   Airlines to Lusaka include South African Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Airlink and many others.

The flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe takes around 1 hour 30 minutes with Proflight.  Flights from Lilongwe are by private air charter, about 1 hour 30 minutes away.  all Surefoot Safaris experiences start at Mfuwe International Airport

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