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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

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

$ 3,560

£ 2,832

R 51,125

3,154

per person

7 days

Gorillas

Rwanda gorillas and the migration, both sides of the Mara River

Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari

Price on Request

per person

11 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

$ 3,826

£ 3,044

R 54,945

3,389

per person

8 days

The Serengeti on Foot (EA 9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

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

$ 5,230

£ 4,161

R 75,108

4,633

per person

10 days

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari

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

$ 1,553

£ 1,235

R 22,300

1,376

per person

4 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!

$ 6,080

£ 4,837

R 87,314

5,386

per person

9 days

Red dunes

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light

$ 1,792

£ 1,425

R 25,730

1,587

per person

5 days

Chimpanzee

Primates and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial 

$ 7,090

£ 5,640

R 101,819

6,281

per person

12 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

$ 597

£ 475

R 8,580

529

per person

4 days

South African bush and beach safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African bush and beach safari

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

$ 2,952

£ 2,349

R 42,400

2,615

per person

10 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.

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