Walking safaris in Africa
Experiencing Africa's wilderness areas is integral to most of our trips, and there's no better way than on foot. Walking safaris in Africa are completely different to game drives; being on foot brings about a totally new way of understanding your surroundings.
Walking safaris were the original safari and remain the purest form. Away from the comfort of the 4WD safari vehicle your senses suddenly awaken as the bush becomes more ‘real’. Meeting animals on their terms as a participant in their world can be far more rewarding than just spectating.
Walks typically last two to four hours, and they’re not usually route-marches! Depending on the country, there may be a single safari guide, a guide and a national park’s scout, or even two guides – certainly in most areas where walking safaris may encounter dangerous big game at least one of the party will be armed.
Your safari guide will usually identify tracks; highlight interesting insects; talk about fascinating plants; and discuss the ecosystem in general – as well as sometimes tracking some of the larger animals. It’s a great way to appreciate the smaller wildlife, which can’t be so easily seen from a vehicle, as well as to experience the buzz of being out with the big game.
Most of our countries offer safari walks, however the precise forms of these vary considerably between the countries, reserves and camps. The scenery, group size, and the quality and likelihood of encountering big game plays a part – but by far the most important factor in your experience is the guide. We know many of the continent’s best walking safari guides; speak to one of our experts about the best way to incorporate walking safaris into your trip.
Walking safaris in Botswana
Botswana isn't well known for walking safaris. This stems primarily from the lack of strong national guiding standards for walking safari guides. The result is that there are only a few camps that we recommend for walking safaris - ones where we know that the owners focus on high-quality guiding for walking safaris.Ideas for walking safaris in Botswana
Walking safaris in Kenya
Walking is prohibited in most of Kenya's national parks and reserves; driving is often the only option. So bush walks and walking safaris are not widely available. However, walking safaris are increasingly offered in many of the (relatively new) wildlife conservancies as well as on some of the older, established private ranches.Ideas for walking safaris in Kenya
Walking safaris in Namibia
Namibia has some of Africa's most dramatic scenery and many great hikes and walking trails: it's an amazing country for walking. However, most don't offer what we like to think of as a walking safari, because what little game lives in these areas is often incidental to the walking.Ideas for walking safaris in Namibia
Walking safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania classifies its wild areas in different ways, each with different rules - meaning that the practices, and standards, of walking safaris differ widely. We have some first-rate walking safaris in Tanzania, with great guides - chosen, as usual, by seeing them first hand. Some of the real stars are the walking safaris done on fly-camping trips.Ideas for walking safaris in Tanzania
Walking safaris in Zambia
Zambia offers Africa's widest choice of reliably excellent walking safaris. Strict guiding exams have guaranteed consistently high standards for walking safaris in Zambia. Then great wildlife and high-quality camps run by bush enthusiasts combine to make Zambian walking safaris amongst the best anywhere.Ideas for walking safaris in Zambia
Walking safaris in Zimbabwe
Walking can be a big part of a safari in Zimbabwe. Exceptionally high guiding standards due to a rigorous training programme, coupled with a flexible attitude towards walking in the country's wildlife areas, makes this a top destination for walking safaris. In Zimbabwe you'll find some of the finest walking safaris on the continent.Ideas for walking safaris in Zimbabwe