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, Madikwe Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa, Thornybush Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Waterberg

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.

Popular Walking safaris in South Africa

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South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

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Walking Kruger's Pafuri Trail (4 days)

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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

Waterproof jacket

Long-sleeved shirt and trousers

Good pair of hiking shoes

Wide-brimmed hat



Medical kit

Travel guide




Anti-malaria drugs

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

Royal Malewane

Frequently Asked Questions about Walking safaris in South Africa

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve?

You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.

When is the best time to visit Durban?

You can visit Durban any period of the year - whether it’s winter or summer - the temperature in Durban always remain warm and sunny. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mountain Zebra National Park?

October to March is the best time to visit Zebra National park - It is easier to spot the wildlife, since there is less vegetation and the wildlife congregates around the waterholes - as well as migratory birds are present. go there.

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