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Walking safaris, holidays & tours

If you are relatively fit, adventurous and want to form a strong connection with nature, a walking safari is for you

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

If you are relatively fit, adventurous and want to form a strong connection with nature, a walking safari is for you

Walking is the original way to explore Africa. 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. It is possible to see and experience much more on a walk than on a game drive. Big game such as cats, elephants and other mammals are around and viewable from a safe distance, but the beauty of a walking safari is in the little things. You become tuned to the the sights and smells of Africa and your senses are heightened substantially by the signs left by these bigger animals. 

Popular Walking safaris in Africa

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

Walking safari

The Serengeti on foot

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti

$ 5,363

£ 4,159

R 71,055

4,571

per person

9 days

Scenery

Luxury Namibia: Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene

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

$ 6,015

£ 4,665

R 79,690

5,126

per person

7 days

Pafuri Walking Trail, Kruger National Park - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Pafuri Walking Trail, Kruger National Park

A four-day walking trail offering bush lovers the opportunity to explore the remote northern corner of the Kruger National Park

$ 412

£ 319

R 5,458

351

per person

4 days

Romantic view

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

$ 5,730

£ 4,444

R 75,920

4,884

per person

11 days

7-Day Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park adventure safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

7-Day Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park adventure safari

Spot huge herds of elephants in the Hwange National Park; and enjoy kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park

$ 3,590

£ 2,784

R 47,564

3,060

per person

7 days

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Price on Request

per person

12 days

Tanzania July/October Great Migration safari with HerdTracker - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania July/October Great Migration safari with HerdTracker

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!

$ 5,990

£ 4,645

R 79,362

5,105

per person

9 days

Honeymoon safari in the Serengeti National Park - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Honeymoon safari in the Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a romantic honeymoon at the Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot the Big Five and experience hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains

$ 4,144

£ 3,214

R 54,904

3,532

per person

6 days

Migration safari in Kenya and Tanzania - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Migration safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

$ 9,985

£ 7,744

R 132,292

8,510

per person

8 days

Wildebeest Migration

The Migration - river crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River for fresh grazing

$ 8,651

£ 6,709

R 114,618

7,373

per person

10 days

More on Walking safaris in Africa

East Africa is the ideal walking safari destination because it is possible to view the landscape over long distances while moving through the bush. This makes it less likely to bump into something unexpected. Southern Africa has slightly thicker vegetation, making walking locations harder to come by, particularly in the summer months. 

This said, there is a distinct lack of walking guide training or standard in East Africa. Most walks are conducted from lodges and are much shorter one-to-two hour strolls through the bush led by Masai warriors and park rangers. It's very important to understand that there is a big difference between a multi-day walking safari and a walk as an activity offered by your camp or lodge. A multi-day walk is a more powerful experience because you get the opportunity to spend days in the wild and connect the senses with your surroundings. 

Where to do a walking safari

At the moment, we endorse only three multi-day walking safaris, and those are in Ruaha National Park, the northern Serengeti and Loita Hills. 

There are two walking safaris in Tanzania that we will be comfortable sending you to because they have many years of safe and successful operation within the Ruaha and Serengeti areas. These journeys have the perfect support structure and level of accommodation to keep you comfortable and safe on your walking adventure. 

In terms of Kenya, we've recently bumped into one of Kenya’s best walking experiences. The journey begins in The Forest of the Lost Child at Loita Hills and carries on all the way down to the Masai Mara. This multi-day walk is conducted and hosted by Jan’s Camp based in Loita, just east of the Mara, and they make use of the traditional Masai guided donkey to carry luggage and equipment from camp to camp. It's an incredible experience walking long distances over beautiful stretches of Masai land with these nomads, ending up at the edge of the Masai Mara - the perfect Loita/Mara migration route.

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.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… 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.

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.

Walking safaris in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

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Discover Africa was the only tour operator I reached out to who wanted to have a Skype conversation to get to know more and my husband & my tastes and preferences. Megan Warrington was wonderful to work with - she crafted our activities and…

Stephanie

from United States of America

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…

Kelly

from United States of America

They organized everything for our first visit to Africa, from the airport meet & greet through to the tours, great hotels and locations.

Michael

from United States of America

From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa, has been excellent . The hotels, the service and every think has been well above our expectation. The perfect choice ! Thanks to all and specially to Megan.

Enrico Liberati

from Italy

My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…

Debby

from Spain

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