Walking safaris are the most natural way to see this pristine wilderness, and can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you wish, most camps and lodges will offer walking safaris in the surrounds of the camp. Walking can allow you to get close to game, and experience the wildlife from a more natural level. Botanical and tracking walks are also fascinating, and to walk with the Masai or Samburu tribesmen, or the Kalahari bushmen, who have walked the land for centuries, is magical. Here are some of our walking safari suggestions:
Top walking safari camps and lodges:
Walk With the San Bushmen (see Botswana Mobile Safaris section), Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana – to walk with these truly authentic tribesmen, who are warm and welcoming to guests, is a truly incredible experience. The millions of years of tracking knowledge, allows them to tell how large an animal was, how fast it was going, and if it is pregnant, and much more. Walk with the young Bushmen on an initiation ritual. There are many options, but this should not be missed on any trip to Botswana.
Walk with the Himba people in Namibia: This is a truly magical experience, similar to the San bushmen this tribe is one of the oldest surviving bush people in the world. Walk with them and learn more about tracking that you though possible – one section of the tribe have even rehabilitated some cheetah cubs, so a walk with these extraordinary friendly people and their big cats is a once in a lifetime experience.
Zarafa, Selinda, Okavango Delta, Botswana – Strenuous outwalks from the lodge offer some fantastic sights, including some astonishing elephant interactions. The country is ideal for walking, and as you parade through the bush with your guide, you will discover more about Botswana, than you do in ten game drives.
Kalamu Walking Safari, South Luangwa, Zambia – A fantastic walking safari for those wanting to walk amongst big game, and stay in luxurious lodges all the way, as well as sleeping out under the African stars.
Tassia, Laikipia, Northern Kenya – Walks here tend to be in the morning and evening, to avoid the scorching midday heat, and Martin Wheeler, your walking guide is one of the most experienced in the business. The walk can be strenuous or relaxing, and the terrain is dry riverbeds, thick bush, mountains and escarpments, some of the most scenic in Kenya.
3 x nights including all meals, all local drinks, all game viewing activities, all walking, all park and conservation fees and return flights from Nairobi: £1,293 per person
Other Walking Ideas:
Walk the desert in Namibia.
Walk with camels (see camel safaris)
Walk out of your camp to your fly camp (see fly camping)
Walk the remote wilderness in Mozambique