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Walking safaris, holidays & tours

Discover the secrets of the bush from a unique perspective 

Walking safaris, holidays & tours available in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania

Discover the secrets of the bush from a unique perspective 

In the days before vehicles carved up the landscape, people were forced to walk from place to place, and in so doing, a powerful connection with their natural environment was formed. While game drives are the fastest way to see wildlife, nothing is quite like exploring the bush on foot. Not only will you be able to view animals such as elephant, plains game and giraffe from a different perspective, you'll also notice the little things; insects, small mammals, reptiles and uniquely adapted flora that are just waiting to be discovered. 

Walking safaris are completely safe and only require a low fitness level (not if you're climbing a mountain or tracking mountain gorillas in the forest of course). You will be accompanied by a professional game ranger or field guide, who will be able to explain the sights and sounds that make this activity one of the highlights of an African safari. 

Popular Walking safaris in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Best of Zambia Wilderness Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Zambia Wilderness Safari (10 days)

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of mystery waiting to be uncovered.

per person

10 days

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days)

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

per person

9 days

Scenery

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west

per person

7 days

Masai Mara Wildlife Discovery Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara Wildlife Discovery Safari (10 days)

The Masai Mara is the world's most prolific game viewing area for big cats and the Great Migration

per person

10 days

Honeymoon Safari in the Serengeti National Park (6 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Honeymoon Safari in the Serengeti National Park (6 days)

Enjoy a romantic honeymoon at the Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot the Big Five and experience the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park

per person

6 days

Fly Okavango November Departure - Direct flights to the Delta from the US (11 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

per person

11 days

Victoria Falls

Grand Zambia Wildlife Safari (9 days)

Combine water and wildlife in a journey that takes you from the Victoria Falls to Kafue and South Luangwa national parks – Zambia at its best

per person

9 days

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park

per person

10 days

Fly Okavango December Departure - Direct flights to the Delta from the US (12 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

per person

12 days

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve

per person

4 days

More on Walking safaris in Africa

Many camps and lodges offer a choice of a walking safari as part of your safari itinerary. This will most likely be at camps and lodges in private reserves and concessions (most national parks do not often offer this safari activity). However, we have a few walking-only safaris that bring you that much closer to nature. A walking safari is typically more affordable than a traditional, game drive-based safari. 

The best place to experience a walking safari 

The ideal terrain for a walking safari is arguably the grasslands and savannahs of Africa. Not only will animals and birds be more visible, but you'll be able to truly appreciate the natural environment of your destination. However, during the wet season, the dry plains transform into a lush garden of grass and wildflowers, depending on where in Africa you'll be exploring. In areas where the vegetation is much thicker, walking safaris are usually not a viable safari activity. 

We offer walking-only safaris in the Kruger National Park and Wild Coast of South Africa, as well as the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. All of these countries are prime walking safari destinations, with plenty of wildlife, birds and naturally beautiful landscapes to enjoy. 

Best time of year to go

Depending on the season in your chosen destination, we would recommend a dry season safari, simply because it is much easier to spot wildlife and birds when the vegetation has receeded after the rains.

What should I pack?

You will require comfortable clothes that you can walk in, closed shoes and socks, a hat, sun screen, camera and a pair of binoculars. An insect repellent will also help to keep the bugs away. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Walking safaris in Africa

When is the best time to visit Shamwari Game Reserve?

Wildlife viewing in Shamwari Game Game Reserve is good throughout the year. However, the best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. The lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources -… go there.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

What happens if the weather affects my hot air balloon safari?

If the weather causes unforeseen problems on the day of your hot air balloon safari, we will try to move it to another day or you will be refunded. go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Walking safaris in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our Walking safaris in Africa

Since the beginning, agents and staff of Discover Africa already work in a professional way for me to plan the trip. Their quick responses to my questions help us a lot before departing from our place to the Africa continent. When we were…

YT

from Hong Kong

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

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