Walking Safaris are our favourite kinds of safari in Africa! Walking opens up an entirely different world to you – one devoid of noise pollution or fumes.
Zambia is the ultimate home of the walking safari, especially in the south luangwa national park. One walks with a guide in a group of a maxium of six people. You walk for around 10kms a day – so hardly arduous – stopping every now and then whilst your guide explains the finer points of the bush – such as the ecological role of the dung beetle, or termites. Make no mistake, you will see tremendous wildlife – elephant, perhaps lion, zebra, giraffe – and you can feel excited and thrilled whilst at the same time knowing that you are completely safe in the company of your expert guide. You then return to your wonderfully comfortable tent, with a chilled glass of wine brought to you. You take nothing but a pair of binoculars on your walks or a light camera!
The Selous in Tanzania has been home to one of my most thrilling walking safaris, walking downwind of a herd of elephant, keeping up with them and observing them. That was simply magical!
South Africa offers walking safaris just outside the Kruger National Park, and Kenya now has wonderful walking safaris in the Laikipia regions and just outside of the Masai Mara – accompanied either by camels or mules and a wonderful ensemble of Maasai or Samburu warriors, who expose you to their colourful culture. One feels more in tune with the bush on a walking safari – and all I can say, is that after going on them all my life in Africa – and having spent around 25 years arranging bespoke walking safaris for our clients – it still remains one of the most special experiences and the perfect way to either combine with a vehicle safari or simply as a stand alone safari, to explore the bush!