Experience a walking safari in one of the the world's best wildlife destinations
South Africa is renowned as a premier safari destination, visit to see it for yourself.Experience a walking safari in one of the the world's best wildlife destinations available in Kruger National Park (Greater Region), Kruger National Park (park and it’s private concessions), Madikwe Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa, Thornybush Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Waterberg
Custom designed Walking safaris in South Africa
- Describe your dream trip
- We'll source the best value for you
- Book when you're ready
Help Me Plan
South Africa is renowned as a premier safari destination, visit to see it for yourself.
South Africa has the best terrain for walking safaris. The temperate climate and diversity of the wildlife ensures that a walking safari is an incredible experience. Whether you want to travel after a long working period or just need pure adventure and curiosity, South Africa is the ideal country for you to sample a truly African wilderness experience.
More on Walking safaris in South Africa
Walking safaris are special because you're not only immersed in the experience more than ylou would ordinarily be in a vehicle, but you are led by an experienced ranger who is skilled in reading tracks and finding game to sight. Professional game rangers are trained to guide you through a wildlife area rich in lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife.
Know before you go
It is of paramount importance that you adhere to the guide’s briefing. The highly qualified and trained guides take your safety very seriously and walking in the wild can make you very vulnerable to potential dangers. Although, the exhilaration and experience far exceeds the dangers, as long as you let the guides do what they’re trained for.
When to go
South Africa is considered an all-year favourite destination to visit and the best time for walking safaris is from May to October when the weather is most conducive to sighting wildlife. This time of the year vegetation is sparse and scattered, making it easier to explore a wider area and follow animal tracks easier. Most game reserves and National Parks have permanent waterholes which provide you with excellent game viewing. In the Kruger National Park, it’s best to visit between June and August when it’s drier with fewer mosquitos and cooler temperatures (although it can still get rather warm during the day).
What to pack
Adequate preparation before embarking on a walking safari in South Africa is a prerequisite. Just like any holiday, packing the essentials like appropriate clothing or personal amenities is a given. Overpacking or lack of essential items can be problematic, especially for walking safari.
The best approach will be to ask your tour planner because their requirements might be specific to the areas. However below is a rough guideline:
Light, neutral cotton clothing
Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
Good pair of hiking shoes
Weather and Climate
Most safari-bound destinations in South Africa tend to be temperate throughout the year. The best weather condition for a walking safari is during the cooler months. Walking safaris require you to follow the terrain and spot animals, hence this period because there is little to no rainfall making it easier to spot game. Low rainfall means animals frequent the waterholes more regularly, making it easier to sight and follow them.
Safari / Holiday Styles
An exciting safari-style holiday with guides leading the way on a truly unique experience in the bush.
Where to stay
Timbavati Safari Lodge
Lodolozi Game Reserve
Imbali Saafri Lodge
Kruger National Park
Marakele National Park
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve
Our Recommended Accommodation
Situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this exclusive five-star lodge boasts nine beautifully appointed, thatched…
nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve shares…
Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the historical Umhlanga Lighthouse, The Oyster Box has long been one of South Africa’s…
Enjoy elegance at an attractive price. The four-star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace sets an exciting standard in world-class…
Reviews on our Walking safaris in South Africa
Perfectly tailormade tour taking all lour wishes and requests into consideration. Best presentation seen and all expectations fulfilled or beyond.
The Kruger National Park is a scenic and magical place that most locals return to again and again. Established in the 1920's, this national park is the largest in South Africa. Located between the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces and sharing… read more
Like many first time safari-goers, you might have some questions about what the difference is between game reserves, national parks and concessions. We’re here to offer some clarity on how these designated areas differ, and what this means… read more
While most international safari-goers look to Kruger National Park for their African safari, there’s a corner of South Africa that is sometimes overlooked. Right next to the border of Mozambique in the north of Kwazulu-Natal and about two… read more