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March 30, 2017

‘The What, Where and How of Walking Safaris’

There’s been a lot of hype around ‘walking safaris’ in recent years. Dubbed as one of the most authentic wildlife experiences in Africa, walking safaris have gone from being completely off anyone’s radars, and jumped to the top of many people’s bucket-lists.

What exactly is a walking safari?
A walking safari is the purest way to experience the bush and fully immerse yourself in nature. On a walking safari, you become a participant in the action, rather than a spectator.  Guided by Africa’s best and most highly trained guides, a walking safari puts you on equal terms with Africa’s wildest animals, making it a unique and thrilling experience. Walking along footpaths created by wildlife, serenaded by birdsong, with the smell of the bush in the air; a walking safari awakens your senses and encourages you to appreciate things you never would have even noticed from the comfort of a game vehicle. You can also get to remote areas of the bush on foot that are inaccessible by vehicle.

Walking Safari

Photo © Robin Pope Safaris

Walking safaris generally last for a few days and involve walking several hours a day, with breaks, and sleeping in tents setup in a temporary bush camp at night. In this way, you become truly removed from civilization and can experience the bush in all its untainted glory. Don’t be put off by the word ‘tent’ though! Some of the more bespoke walking safaris destinations offers some serious glamping options.

Walking Safari Tent

Photo © Robin Pope Safaris

Where’s the best place for a walking safari?
Africa offers countless spectacular destinations for a walking safari but one of the best places is undoubtedly, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. In fact, South Luangwa National Park is considered to be the birthplace of walking safaris. The area is remote and wild with varied habitats and is home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. Exploring these isolated and untouched areas of the bush is a highly rewarding experience.

Walking Safari

Photo © Robin Pope Safaris

How to do a walking safari?
While there are lots of national parks and wildlife reserves that offer self-drive safaris, you cannot do a self-walk safari! Walking safaris need to be arranged though lodges, travel companies or operators which ensure that qualified guides lead guests  in the wild. For help planning you walking safari, get in touch with us.

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