After experiencing an African walking safari, you may just find yourself viewing the world a little differently and perhaps even absent-mindedly analysing your pets paw prints and the shape and size of their droppings in your back garden! An African walking safari is all about immersing yourself in nature, heightening your senses and forming an intimate connection with your surroundings - something we often forget in the busy lifestyles we lead in today’s technology-driven world. Getting back to basics reminds you about the essence of life and an African walking safari is the perfect way to re-discover Mother Nature.
Walking safaris were how ‘the safari’ originated and continue to be the most interesting, exhilarating and sensorially engaging way to experience the African bush. The walking safari takes a number of different forms and we provide a detailed explanation of the different types of African Walking Safaris for your perusal.
The itineraries below offer an example of some of our walking safaris available and we can also tailor-make a walking safari to suit your specific interests, budget and requirements.
Exploring the African bush on foot suddenly compels you to become a lot more aware of your senses – sight, sound, smell, touch – and you will quickly find yourself becoming attune to the snap of a twig, a sudden musty odour, a bird frantically flapping its wings or a damp patch on the ground – things that you may not notice from the seat of a game drive vehicle and sounds that are inaudible over the rumble of the engine. Walking safaris immerse travellers into a remarkable, raw and very real world where one sees, feels and hears the bush from the perspective of the animals and realises what it actually takes to survive from one day to the next, from finding food and water and raising young to avoiding a rendezvous with a hungry feline.
One of the most fascinating aspects of an African walking safari is gleaning the knowledge of your guide, who should be aptly qualified and experienced. On the trail your guide, or guides, will lead you at a comfortable pace pausing every now and then to keep you abreast of the different sights, sounds and smells of the bush. He or she will offer interesting information about the complex ecosystems of the bush as well as trees, grasses and seeds, burrows and small holes in the ground, alarm calls of birds and animals, animal tracks, dung, spider webs, animal bones and termite mounds. The group may come across various plains game and perhaps even some of the Big 5, but the main gist of a walking safari is to take in the entire picture and appreciate the smaller things. These may seem somewhat insignificant however, if they were not present, then the larger things would not exist either. Everything in nature has its own unique role and walkers will come away with an insight as to how the wildlife interacts with each other and the environment.