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Walking Safaris in East & Southern Africa

An African walking safari is one of life's most unforgettable adventures. Imagine birdsong-filled days spent following animal tracks

Walking Safaris

Walking Safari

African safaris are changing. As surely as the camera has replaced the hunting rifle, the growing popularity of guided walking safaris has revolutionised traditional game viewing activities. Away from the confines of a vehicle, travellers are now venturing into big game country on foot for anything from an hour's stroll to several days, spending starlit nights at remote lodges or tented camps.

An African walking safari is one of life's most unforgettable adventures. Imagine birdsong-filled days spent following animal tracks, shadowing a foraging baboon troop or settling down in the shade to watch buffalo gather at a waterhole. Armed rangers and professional guides ensure your safety and comfort, and you sit down to a fire-cooked meals and slip into bed between crisp sheets every night.

Prepare yourself for a different kind of safari experience. Set in some of the best game reserves in East and Southern Africa, there are always plenty of animals to see on a walking safari but the emphasis is on the environment’s smaller details – a dew-dazzled spider web, shy flowers and bumbling beetles. Cultural elements come into play as well, whether greeting local herdsmen or sharing stories with your guide. Formal barriers melt away after a day or two, fireside conversations carry on deep into the night and you are left with a better insight into this alluring continent.

Find out where to go before delving into our selection of recommended Africa walking safari tours. We have chosen the best walking experiences in the best reserves across East and Southern Africa. Adding on a few days at a safari lodge or tropical beach resort is as simple as it is rewarding – simply ask one of our Safari Experts for the best combinations.

Walking safaris augment Africa’s other great on-foot experience – trekking holidays. A more mountain-based experience, trekking through lush rainforest for gorillas and chimps has become a must-do activity in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo, while a multi-day Mount Kilimanjaro trek belongs at the top any adventurer's bucket list.

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Best African Walking Safari Tours & Holidays

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10 Days Kruger Walking Safari & Kwazulu Natal

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9 Days Zimbabwe Family Hwange - Kariba & Falls

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9 Days Tanzania Walking Safari

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9 Days Best of Uganda Chimps,Gorilla & Wildlife

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8 Days True Botswana Lion King Adventure

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8 Days Romantic Tanzania Crater & Serengeti Migration

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7 Days Explore Botswana February - December

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Where to Go on a Walking Safari in Africa

Offered in both East Africa and Southern Africa, walking safaris can be divided into two main types: short guided bush walks offered by a lodge as an alternative activity to game drives, and multi-day guided walking safaris. The former do not need to be booked in advance and can be built around your safari schedule; the latter require a degree of fitness, the right gear and a willingness to engage with the wilderness. After a short guided walk you simply return to camp; on a multiday walking safari, you are on foot for most of the day, resting each evening in walk-in tents, with sturdy beds and proper bed linen. Hearty cooking, warm showers and cold drinks complete your fly-camping experience. A cook prepares all the meals and a crew erects each new camp before you arrive in the late afternoon.

East Africa Walking Safaris

With much accommodation set in private reserves and conservancies, most lodges in East Africa offer short guided walks around camp in the company of professional guides and in-house naturalists. These include Tanzania's Serengeti and Tarangire as well as East Africa offer short guided walks around camp in the company of professional guides and in-house naturalists. These include Tanzania's Serengeti and Tarangire as well as Kenya's Masai Mara. Many of these bush walks in Kenya and Tanzania are led by local Maasai warriors who will teach you how to make fire, find food and stay out of trouble on the East African savannah.

Longer, multi-day walking safaris in Tanzania and Kenya are also available in some of the East Africa's wildest destinations such as Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park and Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. These are not for the faint-hearted but for those who want a genuine adventure. The terrain is rugged but the reward lies in seeing what few travellers ever see: an East Africa that is still as wild as it was a century ago.

And if you want a walking safari with a difference, head for Tanzania's Mahale Mountains or Uganda's Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking safaris in magisterial rainforests, a great ape experience rivalled only by the famous gorilla treks of Uganda and Rwanda.

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Southern Africa Walking Safaris

Most safari lodges across Southern Africa provide their guests with the chance to head out on foot for a few hours in the company of armed guides. This is a popular activity in Botswana's Okavango Delta (great for birding) and in South Africa where families can enjoy child-friendly, interactive walks with plenty to discover. The Kruger's private reserves such as the Sabi Sands plus the reserves of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are especially good for family walking safaris.

But the real deal is to be found in the vast Kruger National Park itself as well as on a Zambia safari, particularly in the South Luangwa National Park. Home to great numbers of animals, these two destinations are well known for their extraordinary dry-season walking safaris. Complete with comfortable camps along the way, multi-day itineraries offer the opportunity to explore these classic wilderness areas to the full: expect heart-in-the-mouth game viewing under the watchful eyes of some of the best guides in Africa.

If you want to get to know us, talk to us. Don’t be shy if you’re a long way off from making a booking – we want to hear what excites you about going on safari. Being good listeners is at the heart of our old school approach to service: if we take the time to get to know you, we can tailor-make your vacation, filling it with extraordinary experiences and personal touches. That’s when we become your travel partner, the co-creators of a journey as individual as you are.