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.
It is extremely difficult to fully qualify as a walking guide in Zimbabwe; a huge amount of dedication, and some financial backing, is essential to complete the ZPHGA (Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association) Programme. All 'Zim Pro' walking guides have full gun licences and at least five years bush walking experience. The ZPHGA is regarded as probably the best qualification for walking safari guides in Africa and it certainly results in Zimbabwe having some of the most skilled safari guides in Africa.
Walking is permitted in all of Zimbabwe's wildlife areas, including its National Parks. This means that many camps include walking safaris as part of their activities, and some have clear focus on walking.
See below for our thoughts on the best safari camps in Zimbabwe for walking safaris.
Our pick: the best 7 safari camps for Zimbabwe walking safaris.
Goliath Safaris|96% (10 reviews)Mana Pools is a top destination for walking safaris. The open environment lends good visibility under a canopy of tall trees, and walkers often get very close to big game. The focus at Goliath Safaris is squarely on Stretch’s guiding; his passion and knowledge of the wildlife ... More about Goliath Safaris
Hwange Bush Camp|100% (5 reviews)Black rhino and elephant are frequently seen in the area and tracking them would be typical of a morning's activity. However, these walking safaris also aim to introduce travellers to the flora and fauna as well as the big game. More about Hwange Bush Camp
Little Makalolo Camp|99% (15 reviews)Little Makalolo's walking guides are fully qualified Zimbabwean professional guides. The exams for this qualification are tough, and the guides that qualify usually have excellent bush skills – this knowledge allows for some great walking safaris. More about Little Makalolo Camp
Rhino Safari Camp|88% (5 reviews)The aptly named Rhino Camp is a great place to track black rhino on foot. Armed professional Zimbabwean walking guides lead all of the walks – and tracking the resident big game is a real highlight. More about Rhino Safari Camp
Somalisa Camp|88% (23 reviews)A combination of varied terrain, large amounts of wildlife and superb guiding make Somalisa a superb camp for a walking safari in Zimbabwe. On one visit, the resident guide, Alex, took us on a very well-organised walking safari, and we were really impressed by his knowledge and care... More about Somalisa Camp
The Hide|93% (21 reviews)The hide offers some marvellous walking safaris. These are usually done first thing in the morning, when the wildlife tends to be most active, and they allow guests to experience the bush from a completely different perspective. More about The Hide
Vundu Camp|95% (23 reviews)Mana Pools is one of Africa’s best parks for walking, and Vundu focuses squarely on the very best professional guiding. Mana’s environment is very open, giving good visibility under a canopy of tall, old trees; walkers can often get surprisingly close to relaxed old bull ... More about Vundu Camp