Nothing heightens the senses like hiking through an area alive with threatening predators. Every sound is amplified, every movement is magnified and the sheer size of large animals is put into perspective when seen up close and on foot. A walking safari is a rich opportunity in which to experience the details of life in the bush – both big and small.
Piece together nature’s many stories
Learn basic tracking skills
Rekindle your human instincts of how to track and read the signs of the bush. With your guide’s help, you will see your surroundings in a completely different and unforgettable light. Every scent, marking or sound is a clue.
- A wildlife experience at its most intimate.
- Incredible views and photographic opportunities.
- Get up close and personal with nature and wildlife.
- Learn tracking and other skills of surviving in the bush.
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Safety on a walking safari
Before setting off, your guide will give you a briefing so that you are familiar with the rules and safety instructions. He will outline typical animal behaviour and how to handle any dangerous encounters should they arise. Although your guide will be armed for your safety, it’s important to remember that you in a wild environment and following your guide’s instructions is key.
See life in minute detail
A walking safari is a perfect way to immerse yourself in a fascinating world of plants, seeds, insects, reptiles and small animals. You can see spoor prints and droppings or feel the polished surface of a ‘rubbing-post’ where animals have come after a mud bath. These facets of a walking safari piece together a holistic picture of the ecology in a specific area.
What to wear and pack for a walking safari
Dress in khakis or olive greens to blend in with the environment. The African sun is ruthless and a natural fabric like cotton offers breathability, comfort, absorbs moisture well, is not prone to odours and is strong enough to withstand the odd thorn. A brimmed hat is essential as is a daypack containing a high SPF sunscreen, camera, binoculars and water bottle.
Learn more about the bush
Our expert guides will show you how a pile of old bones or a seed pod can provide insight into the evolutionary adaptation of animals, insects and plants. They will also teach you how to read animal tracks, identify a species by its scent and piece together clues to work out what occurred in an area in the preceding hours or even days.