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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

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

$ 609

£ 471

R 8,580

538

per person

4 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

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

£ 5,483

R 99,821

6,257

per person

12 days

Tanzania honeymoon safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania honeymoon safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

Price on Request

per person

13 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

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Best of Zambia Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Zambia Safari

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.

$ 7,149

£ 5,528

R 100,652

6,309

per person

10 days

9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

$ 10,340

£ 7,996

R 145,578

9,125

per person

9 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

$ 6,080

£ 4,702

R 85,600

5,366

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

$ 1,584

£ 1,225

R 22,300

1,398

per person

4 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

$ 7,331

£ 5,669

R 103,220

6,470

per person

7 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

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from United States of America

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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.

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from United States of America

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