Walking safaris give you a more personal look at the African landscapes and the animals who live in the bush, jungles and desert. Picture yourself so near a pride of lions that you don't need a telephoto lens for a close-up picture of a sleeping lioness. How about walking down paths where elephants trod. Do you need to look almost straight up to see the giraffe's face? Definitely a different feeling than looking at animals from a vehicle.
A growing number of companies offer walking safaris. Some are just day trips from lodges. Others are multi-day trips, when you walk to light camps that support groups have set up just for that night. For the hardy, there are walking safaris where you and the guides carry all the gear for the overnights.
Bush & Beyond
Bush and Beyond offers Walking Wild days to bring visitors into the wilderness. The walkers are led by a guide along paths, with shade breaks under acacia trees where the animals might just come closer to them. Each night, a light-weight camp is set up in a location where the walkers may see animals moving nearby. Walking Wild
excursions are in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where game includes the "Big Five" (rhino, elephant, lion
, leopard and buffalo), more than 420 species of birds, giraffes, cheetahs, antelopes and endangered species such as the Grevy zebra and sitatunga.
Bush and Beyond represents several privately owned properties located in secluded conservation areas. The lodges, in Kenya and Tanzania, stretch from properties on hundreds of thousands of acres in northern Kenya, to vast plateaus and properties close to Nairobi.
African Walking Safaris
The Zambezi Safari and Travel Co. Ltd.
focuses on walking safaris in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana in southern Africa. The prime spots in Zimbabwe are Matusadona (an area renowned for its lion, elephant and buffalo), Mana Pools (the World Heritage Site on the lower Zambezi River) and Hwange (a game-rich reserve). In Zambia the safaris are in the South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks.
Sunsafaris in Kruger National Park
Guests going with Sunsafaris
can stay in lodges and take day walks in South Africa's
Kruger National Park. You can stay at Africa on Foot Camp, in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, or choose to stay in a classic bush camp.
African Walking Safaris African Walking Safaris
operates combined walking & vehicle safaris at eight diverse wilderness trail regions throughout South Africa's Kruger National Park. You can choose to stay in 5-star lodging properties with spectacular views, or traditional tented bush camps.
Walking Through a Desert Reserve in NamibiaTok Tokkie Trails
walking safaris are in a Namibian desert. The desert stretches from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. The desert is home to onxy, springbox, more than 100 species of birds and shovel-snouted lizards.