Walking safaris in Africa are good for the soul, it’s a fact – getting back to basics with a private safari guide, exploring some of Africa’s most unique and game rich areas, all on foot. It feels natural and authentic and never will you get a better view of the bush than when on foot. If you really want to get away from the crowds and explore areas which others haven’t, then on foot is the only way to do it. Walking safaris are the preferred safari option for most guides which means the walking safari operations often attract a much higher quality of safari guide whose knowledge of the bush will be unrivalled.
Walking safaris take place all over Africa and some of our favourites are those that walk out from a luxury lodge and meet a lantern lit fly camp for the night, before walking back. This means you don’t have to commit to days spent walking and roughing it, but can enjoy the feeling of complete remoteness before heading back to your luxury camp, which in itself will be in a remote and magical location. Sand Rivers in the Selous offer fantastic walking safaris across hills and through savannah where vehicles cannot go. Chada Katavi in Western Tanzania also offer magical fly camping, in an area which is bigger than most counties and only has one luxury camp – it doesn’t get anymore wild.
Zambia is also famous for walking safaris and all of the properties there offer walks from the camps, or walking with a mobile camp which is moved by your private staff during the day while you are walking. You get to take in the smaller things, which make the ecosystem around you survive, and often have peaceful and quiet experiences with wildlife, which are humbling and life changing.
Luxury camps and lodges can no longer simply offer game drives, it is the freedom to explore the bush which is really appealing to people and this is shown by the number of camps which now offer walking. Sometimes you will come around the corner to find a fully laid out bush breakfast, delicious after a hard walk. Or a sundowner spot laid with lanterns and a cold beer or coca cola. Walking is so peaceful and the game reacts calmly and naturally to your presence. Walking with the expert guides is fantastic and in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia there is the chance to walk with ancient tribespeople whose knowledge of tracking and the bush is mesmerising.
About the Author: Rose Hipwood lived, loved and worked in Africa for 7 years before founding The Luxury Safari Company four years ago. Specialising in off the beaten track luxury safaris you can rest assured that you will always have access to Africa’s most exclusive properties, the best safari guides and unrivalled first hand knowledge of Africa.