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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

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.

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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

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