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Walking Safaris

  • Walking with Robin Pope Safaris
  • Walking safari at Motswiri Safari Camp
  • On foot in the Hoanib River by Dana Allen
  • Lion print in South Luangwa by Trish Berry

...at a glance


  • one of Africa's best options
  • gentle treks and trails
  • expeditionary hikes
  • walks with big game

 

Walking Safaris

Our walking safaris range from gentle trails, to full blown expeditionary hikes over days to walks with big game

A walking safari in the African bush is a truly unbeatable experience.

As you stroll, you really do take in all creatures great and small, spending as much time perhaps learning about dung beetles as watching a herd of elephants. You see, hear and smell so much more than you ever can on game drives. Plus, there's nothing quite as spine-tingling as being on foot, silently watching a lion or buffalo just metres ahead of you.

Many Parks and reserves offer walking safaris, including Zimbabwe's Mana Pools and Zambia's South Luangwa; the first place to introduce them around 60 years ago. It's still leading the field today, thanks to its exceptionally knowledgeable guides, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

You don't need to be fighting fit - the terrain is usually easy and the pace quite slow as you stop to see the flora and fauna. Remember, though, to take plenty of water and sun protection to cope with the heat.

Walks, always with an armed ranger, can simply be a gentle stroll over a couple of hours, or can involve hikes between camps, sleeping under the stars.

Alternatively, you can hike between camps, sleeping under the stars with a fantastic "back-to-nature" feeling, as offered in Kenya's remote Lewa Wilderness, where camels carry the kit - and occasionally weary walkers - to camp.

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Our best walking safaris

...likely encounters

Mana elephant by Trish Berry

Elephants

Largest land animals on earth, the African elephant used to range widely through sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being threatened by habitat loss and ivory poaching African elephants have healthy populations in east and southern Africa. Best places to see elephants include Mana Pools and Hwange in Zimbabwe, Botswana's Chobe and Linyanti, the Luangwa Valley, Selous, Katavi and Amboseli.

African wild dog stretching near Ruchomechi on the Mana Pools shoreline

Wild dogs

Also known as Cape hunting dogs, packs of painted dogs roam sparse woodlands and plains in isolated and remote areas. Sightings are never guaranteed on safari but the best chance of finding these endangered canines is in Botswana's Moremi and Linyanti in June; the Selous in July/August; also in the green season in the Luangwa Valley; the Mana Pools World Heritage Site and Hwange.

Walk with Karisia camels on Laikipia by Karin Bloem

Camels

Camels are peaceful, sociable animals who only spit if they're stressed. Babies are born without humps but soon grow these reservoirs of fatty tissue, and can run within a few hours of birth. The rest of the body has minimal insulation enabling camels to survive in very hot climates. They have gorgeous thick eyelashes AND they can close their nostrils to keep out the desert dust.

Africa's walking hot spots

Green season elephants viewed by microlight courtesy Andy Hogg and John Coppinger

Zambia

Southern Africa's most productive safari destination - great wildlife, top guides and exceptional value

Lion near Davison's Camp in Hwange, courtesy Mike Myers

Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools offer some of Africa’s best safari highlights, great value too

Satao Elera views over Amboseli on a Kenya safari

Kenya

Favoured by family groups and seasoned travellers who know where to find some of Africa's best