Primal Pathways leads unique walking trails in Africa’s most remote and untouched wilderness area, the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. We gather small groups with the specific intent of slowing down, from the pace of the modern lifestyle, to come face to face with the rhythms of the African wilderness.
All that exists here is life. Shade comes from trees and water from rivers; every dwelling for every creature is natural, be it a cavity in a tree or a burrow in the ground. The sun rises and it falls and life responds accordingly. Linked by the elements and the resources which they share, the community of life here is inseparable, not only from the place and each other, but from their wild state of existence.
Whether following the subtle trail left by a predator or hiding downwind in silent observation of a herd of elephants, our goal is to share the environment with these creatures, a moment in their lives, without disturbing their natural ways.
Wildness is a quality that is difficult to portray in words; so tangible yet elusive to define. These creatures, with no need for human beings, play out their lives in response to the elements through which we walk. Nothing around us treats us as separate from this place that we seek inside.
We undertake our exploration of the wild on foot. Where we go there are no roads. We follow animal paths, stepping in the footprints of elephants and lions. With patience, a series of signs becomes a trail, crisscrossed by a great diversity of life.
The wilderness is a way of being and belonging that humans have become unfamiliar with. The focus of our trails is to bring us closer to the experience of the animals and reveal a world greater than ourselves.