Walking Safaris in Africa
Walking safaris tend to be a lot more interesting because the experience is quite different from the usual game drives done in vehicles. Walking safaris in Africa give you an opportunity to have a closer interaction with the locals, get a closer look or even touch the different attractions you may come across. This is very much achievable with the help of well trained and experienced game rangers/guides that read the animal tracks and help you get from one point to another. Often, these game rangers are armed for security purposes since you will be meeting a number of animals which may at times not be friendly. Walking through national parks exposes you to the risk of coming face to face with cats like lions and leopards, other big fives like elephants, the buffaloes and rhinos, there is the cunning hyenas, the hippos, the beautiful Zebras and giraffe, among so many other wild animals depending on the park you may be exploring.
Traveling by car may be a lot more comfortable and less tiring but a walking safari gives you a chance to move at the same pace as nature. To enjoy such a safari, you will have quickly abandon your modern life, adapt to the traditional life style of the locals and hit the jungle. Make it through bushes, the heat, enjoy the sceneries and learn how different animals do survive in the jungle.
Best places to have a Walking Safari in Africa
Some of the popular walking safaris in Africa include;
- Walking Safaris in Zambia
Zambia offers some of the most amazing Walking adventures in Africa’s wilderness as highlighted below. These are best done in North Luangwa as well as in South Luangwa.
- North Luangwa Walking Safari, Zambia
This is an exciting adventure in the 4636 kilometers squared large North Luangwa national park. It is found on the western side of Luangwa River and has Muchinga Escarpment on the opposite side. These escarpments rise as high as beyond 1000 meters for the floor of their valley. This park has got variety of vegetation covers thus making a great place to visit for those that love vegetation too. You have to walk through the mopane woodland before you get to the riverine forest, then through the open grasslands and the acacia thickets. There are sausage trees, lots of vegetable ivory palms, the beautiful red mahogany, the lead wood and many more.
This place is mainly a walking safari destination which means there are no game drives done in this part of the park. Those interested in game viewing in this park have to do so by walking. This is one of the best wilderness experiences one can have in Zambia although only a few operators are given permission to conduct such wildlife walking trips.
Such walking safaris give you the chance to experience the natural beauty of Africa’s wilderness that is untouched and in a very conducive environment. Luangwa remains such a beautiful destination especially because it is not fully open to the public for destruction. There are barely any roads leading to the park therefore, it is likely that there will be very few or no other tourists other than your group thus making it a super private trip.
The ecosystem is supported by the presence of several tributary rivers and streams that join river Luangwa at one point. The most popular of all is the Mwaleshi River that flows down Muchinga escarpment and forms a number of different small waterfalls. During the dry season, the water level really reduce that it only leaves pools of water at different points along its flow course. These pools do attract animals from different corners of the park in an effort to get water and so this is the best time you get to see these animals in this area.
Where to sleep
This is normally a three to five nights trip and while there no permanent lodges for tourists, there is the Mwaleshi camp , a temporary camps which operats during the dry season that kicks in between June until October and this is when animals visit Mwaleshi area a lot. It is dismantled right before the wet season sets in. It might not be the best accommodation facilities but if you are the adventurous type, you will be happy with the fact that you get to see all the amazing animals during day time and even you’re in bed, you can still hear them close by. The camp is constructed by reeds, -thatched and you can be certain you will be served delicious meals cooked the traditional way in the bush by your rangers. There are no showers in the jungle therefore, enjoy the bucket shower, coffee or wines and whisky will be available to help you go through the evenings smooth as you watch the animals wonder around. This will give you a real wilderness experience
- South Luangwa walking safari, Zambia
Just like North Luangwa, the Southern part is also is a home to a number of wildlife and also only accessed on foot. It is one the most popular wildlife safari destinations in Africa with some of the highest number of both the big and small wildlife species collections on the African continent. South Luangwa is said to have the highest population of leopards in Africa.
South Luangwa has some of the best walking safari trails that combine traditional life style experiments, luxury services in a wilderness and opportunities to better understand the wilderness and local people because you have to highly depend on them during the trip.
A walk in South Luangwa takes day too and for that reason, travelers spend their nights in camp sites/ lodges. These are simple lodges facing the river and you can expect to see as many animals as possible on from the lodge as you relax after a long day. South Luangwa seems to be a lot easier to visit compared is North Luangwa. If you consider South Luangwa a very old place, then North Luangwa is ancient. Both are great destinations despite the difference.
- Walking Safaris in South Africa
There are lots and lots of walking safari trails in South Africa’s different parks that tourists can choose from. For instance the wilderness trails found in Kruger National Park, trails in Hluhluwe Game Reserve and in Mkuze Game Reserve. These trails take you through bushes and thickest with your armed rangers. Enjoy the wilderness to the fullest, the stars will be the source of light in the night as you have your meals and spent the nights in the rustic camp sites. At some point, you may have to play security guard in the night so that you can all catch some sleep.
Kruger national park has about seven different trails which are usually very busy throughout the year thus the reason it’s important to book your safari a bit early. Walking trips in Kruger often start on Wednesday and on Sundays.
- Kruger walking Safaris, South Africa
Kruger is one of the most well managed National parks in Africa but not that tamed. There is only a few areas of Kruger that are accessed by vehicle and the rest of it is meant for walking safaris. Nyalaland walking Trail located in the north is one of the best trails you can ever choose in Kruger. This trail takes you through baobab trees and game viewing in this region is simply the best experience because there are large herds of elephants and buffaloes, lions and many more thus giving you the best big five tour experience.
This is a three to five days walking safaris and overnights are usually at the camp sites which are built in a simple way as huts. These are however seasonal camp and located close to the banks of river Luvuvhu which attracts thousands of animals seeking for water and food. From the campsite, you can have a cup of tea as you watch animals along the river banks quenching their thirst, this is gives you the actual experience of living in untamed African setting.
From your base camp, you start your walk everyday with the guides, carry packed lunch which you will have from the bush once its lunch time but dinner will served at the camp when you return in the evening for an overnight. Travelers have to carry their person refreshments as they will not be provided.
With the help of these really experienced rangers, you will be able to explore quiet a large area of this park depending on how long your trip will be. Walking safaris gives you an opportunity to focus on some of the minor details that you would otherwise ignore if you were in a game drive.
The guides will take you to the big five game viewing spots in the park. These walks last about 4-5 hours per day, taking you through different landscapes for insistence from woodland areas, through riverine forests, at some point you have to go through mountains, plains where animals keep wondering around. There are forests of Luvuvhu fever trees that house large herds of wildlife.
- Walking safari in Timbavati, South Africa
Timbavati is a private Nature Reserve along the western boarder of Kruger but it is part of the great Kruger though. This region home to more than 40 different species of mammals including the lions, there are leopards, Buffaloes, rhinos as well as elephants. There are also hyenas and giraffes, jackals, hippos, lots of wild dogs, the beautiful zebras, and various species of antelopes, among others. Those that are interested in birds will also find the walk interesting as there are over 350 different species of birds recorded.
Like all walking safaris, this walk requires the presence of an expert armed tour guides or rangers. Everyday walks start from the camp after the early morning cup of tea, then meet your ranger for briefing about safety precautions and start the walk. For safety reasons, it is very important to listen the rules and follow the guide’s instructions as you walk through the jungle. Every ranger in this reserve guides a maximum of 8 guests. The ranger will stop over at different points of interest to give you time to take some pictures, observe and enjoy what the wilderness has to offer.
Walking safaris in Africa are more interesting during the early morning hours and late in the afternoon when the sun is not that hot. Animals too tend to seek for shelter during those hot hours when the sun in the centre of the sky which may make it really hard to see them. More to the walking safaris, Timbavati also offers game drives both during the day and night drives. Night game drives give you the opportunity to meet some of the nocturnal animals like Bush babies, there are Civets and Genets and African wild cats as well as Porcupines, among others.
Great Kruger national park is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa and you can expect to have your expectations of a wildlife safari in Africa met.
- Imfolozi Walking Safari, South Africa
Imfolozi walking safaris are done in the Hluhluwe- Imfolozi Game Reserve which is supported by the existence of white imfolozi river. This place is best known for saving the southern white rhino from extinction and until today, it is the best place where you will find both the white and black rhinos. Alongside the rhinos are elephants, buffaloes, there are lions, among other attractions.
This walk can be very tiring but also very interesting, it takes you through remote and dangerous landscapes therefore at some point you might need support. Nights are sent at a campsite that you will have to setup in the middle of the game reserve and spend the night listening to the sound of birds sing. Alternatively, you can take a one day walk around the park and return in the evening to your staring point out of the reserve but you will definitely miss out on this incredible night under stars, surrounded by bushes and listening to noises made by different animals not too far from where you have set your tent.
Alternatively, you can choose to spend more days but return every night to your base camp. In this case, you will walk from the camp to the park every day which may be tiring but also rewarding. This is the one place that you can be certain about meeting the rhinos during your trip.
The Chief’s Island walking safaris is the most popular in the Okavango inland delta. It is the only walk that takes more than a day in Botswana and it one of those places known for having a huge population elephants in Africa. Okavango delta is described by many as the sea of land and also land of water and the Chief’s island is the largest island in this inland delta. Okavango Delta is one of the world Heritage Sites, therefore one of the best sites to visit in Botswana.
This delta has thousands of small palm islands that are surrounded by seasonally flooded plains and this is where most of the elephants are seen feeding. They tend to leave very clear paths that tourists follow if you wish to find them. During the dry seasons, you can also take a walk from one island to another and will have to use a canoe during the wet seasons. These flooded plains and the small islands are a home to hundreds for wild animals thus making it one of those must visit destinations in Botswana. More to the wildlife, there are thousands of bird species therefore a great birding destination as well.
Walks are better off done in the morning when it is cool for you to walk and the animals are out in the open. Herds of elephants are often seen swimming through those very shallow waters and then predators also try their best to wisely hunt their prey. Birding is also possible because there are lots of beautiful bird species flying everywhere.
Since this is Botswana’s only multi days walking trip, you will have to walk from the camp base every morning and return in the afternoon to rest and wait for the next day. The camp bases are semi-luxurious accommodation facilities and they will provide meals throughout the whole trip. Some of the camps are a lot more comfortable than others of course like Shinde, Kanana, both located inker &Downey. Some of these camps can accommodate up to 6 guests sleeping in double or twin shared rooms, you will have to use bush toilets at the back of every tent, bucket showers, bush kitchen where meals are prepared and the staff with help staff will do your daily laundry if you need to. Enjoy your nights in the wilderness and also expect some interference from the wildlife for example elephants tend to wonder around the camp in the night as they feed, sometimes you can hear the lions.
Other than walking safaris, fishing trips can be organized, game drives are also done in this park but this depends on the time of the year. Early morning game drives or afternoon sessions are permitted only during a particular time of the year. This gives you a chance to explore further in the short period of time than you would probably go if you were just walking around the park. Walking safaris give you a chance to closely explore and understand the animal kingdom and their behavior. The well informed ranger will provide information about every attraction.
While walking in the wilderness is very tiring and limited to physical ability in most cases, one can say it is the highlight of a wildlife tour experience in Botswana and many other countries in Africa.
- Walking Safaris in Uganda
Walking safaris in Uganda are commonly done in some of the most remote regions in the country, nation parks and game reserves and one of the Karamoja region.
Karamoja region is one of the most fascinating places in Uganda. Karamojong people are some of the friendliest people, they have amazing cultures and an intriguing life style that is worth learning about. These people live with the same region as the famous Kidepo valley national park, one of Uganda’s less tapped and yet the most wonderful tourism destinations that is worth visiting anytime of the year.
Kidepo valley national park is a home to thousands of wildlife including the big fives, birds, has the most amazing scenery and so far the only place in Uganda where you can find a cheetahs and ostriches co-existing with leopards and the highest number of Zebras. It is also surrounded by great communities of people thus making walking safari and great option for any one.
Walk around Karamoja starts from the lodge/ campsite into the communities and the jungle and return for an overnight later at the end of the day. Put on your boots and hit the jungle led by your well trained guides through the pristine and the different untamed landscapes. Early morning walks are cooler with the bright morning sunlight, the smell of nature and the sound of birds singing everywhere you will pass.
The region has more than Kidepo to offer. There is the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserves, a remote and second largest conservation area. There are early morning guided nature walks and you will find so many mammals including leopards. Those that are interested in vegetation will be amazed by how much species of vegetation this reserve has, you can smell and also taste the herbs, keen birders can spot over 100 bird species as you walk around.
In the afternoon, you can spend some time watching the beautiful and colorful birds from your base camp. Pian upe is quite remote and inaccessible which means, game drives are not done in this part of Karamoja and you can also take a donkey(s) to carry your backpacks and food that you will have for lunch.
- Walking Safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania offers some of the most interesting walking safaris in Africa, this purest form of safari. Walking around makes you are real participant in this wildlife, cultural and fun adventure around the country instead of being a regular spectator. Walking safari a more thrilling experience but such safaris are not allowed in most of Tanzanian parks as they expose you to risks of being attacked by animals which is why not all tour operators are allowed to organize walking safaris.
Tanzania is one of the countries with the highest number wildlife species and in big numbers. Together with an armed guard, you will get to walk along the same path as so many wild animals including the lions. In some places, you can hear the lions roar, come face to face with some of them. Walking safari gives you that chance to get closer to the animals in a sense that you can see even the tiny animals that you would never have seen while in the car. Also because animals often ignore anyone in a vehicle but the will not be that case if you’re on foot thus creating some sort of excitement between the two of you.
Walking safaris are done in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and in other game park.
- Ruaha Walking Safari
Ruaha is located in the southern part of Tanzania and it is one of the least known wildlife parks in Tanzania. It is one of the country’s most amazing destinations where they say big things do happen. This place has some of the best walking safari guides, has a high number of wild dogs that are often seen wondering around, very beautiful sceneries combined with the different amazing wildlife. This walk takes you through large herds of elephants and buffalos, lions and different types of antelopes. Ruaha Game Park receives a slightly small number of visitors through that year and even less people visit the eastern end of the park where walking safaris are done and so this means you will most likely have the entire park to yourselves.
This safari can be as short as one night or as long as ten nights if you are interested in complete immersion of the adventure. You can follow the elephant tracks, the guides know better to identify their footsteps, identify other attractions, and identify the best trails you have to follow where he thinks you have higher chances of meeting the wildlife. Getting a closer look at these elephants is everyone’s main reason for visiting this park and they help a great deal to the survival of Ruaha in a way that they help with the seed dispersal from one location to another, their dung acts as soil fertilization.
You can also climbing up to any of the loaf shaped kopjes rocks where elephants sometimes hide and often times, they pay no attention to you. They just keep feeding. While it is rare for lions to hunt down elephants as preys, this park is the one place where such incidents are have been noted so you have to be careful not get caught in middle of such a fight. Because the park is rarely visited, all the trails are rarely used which gives you the real feeling of being in the jungle.
Where people sleep while in Ruaha
Like many walking safaris, you sleep in tents under the stars. Meals will be prepared including breakfast before you start your journey in the morning. It is important to carry some drinks because you will need much of it during the walks. You can try the two days and one night walking safari in Ruaha and stay longer the next time.
- Selous Walking Safari
Selous is among the largest game reserve in Africa and walking safaris are only done in the southern part of the park. This reserve’s survival is supported the different rivers, lakes, woodland and tributaries thus the reason this place has got really amazing fauna in addition to the landscape and the animals like herds of elephants and hippos.
Most of parts of Selous are covered by thick riverine bushes making some places really impassable. Most of the places however have walk ways that have been created by elephant and hippo, they link Sand river to the small lakes both of which are sources of water to these animals. Your armed guide will be there for will be there especially since you may cross paths with other animals like lions and leopards as well as other dangerous animals during the walk. You can take a rest from the lake shores, sit under the shade and watch the different animals as they visit the lake to drink water and go back. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride downstream to a fly camp located on an island in the middle of the stream where you will spend the night.
Fly camp are pretty simple, often times you need to carry your own tents and it not any different from spending the night under the stars. Meals will be provided at the camp, often times, a chef comes along with you for this expedition and s/he will prepare your meals according to your desires. There are support vehicle where your food will be carried from when you start the safari and the support team will set up the camps before you arrive. The afternoons are often hot and so you can chose to rest and take an evening walk. In the night, you will have bush showers using buckets and the toilets too are bush toilets. All practices are environmental friendly, clean and very hygienic therefore won’t cause harm to anyone’s help.
You can visit Selous any time of the year however, during the months of June until October; it is really hot that walking may become uncomfortable. But, it is around that same time that you know where exactly to look if you are look for wildlife as they are often seen around the remaining water bodies in the reserve. Areas around such water sources flourish regardless of the hot weather and thus attract so many animals to feed and drink. Also, during the hot months, the vegetation cover thin out which makes game viewing a lot easier, you can easily see herds of elephants through the trees from a distance than during the wet season when it is thick and very dark.
Walking safaris in Selous are meant for people that are interested in learning more about Africa. If you want more than the animal numbers, then a visit to Selous is the best choice and if you want see the glowing green vegetation, the wet season should be your should be your time of travel.
- Tarangire walking safaris
Walking safaris in Tarangire are done from the most isolated regions following different animal tracks that you may be interested in seeing during the walk. The guide should be able to teach you how to recognize such tracks in the wilderness. This park is often overlooked compared to its neighboring park, the great Serengeti national which why travelers only spend a night or two before moving out to Serengeti.
Although it is often ignored, it has such an amazing walking safari destination, it a home to lots of wildlife that includes over 300 elephants, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, there are also wildebeests. This park also supports a big number of predators which are not used to seeing human thus making them more dangerous. It combines the presence of wildlife and the thick riparian forest, the beautiful open plains and also the Tarangire River which a permanent source of water thus the reason there is always a high concentration of animals all year round. You can expect to find most of the species in this part of park any time thus the reason it is the best choice to visit for walking safari. Tarangire has got better vegetation cover compared to Serengeti and it includes acacia scrubs as well. It is also the easiest to navigate and you can find a number tourist driving around all by themselves but this is something anyone can do in Serengeti.
Tarangire offers the best walking safaris in the whole of Northern Tanzania in terms of the size and the diversity. The southern part of park has a number of springs and river lines therefore most of the animals are found that side of the part. During the dry season, animals walk from the surrounding parks like Masai Steppe, Serengeti and other place Tarangire, they are attract by the Tarangire River.
Best time to visit
Any time is good enough to go for a walking safari in Tarangire but it is more exciting and less tiring to walk during the dry season when most of the animals are concentrating in areas around the Tarangire River. The dry season come in from June until end of October and it is less congested compared to all the others since it is the least visited. Around this time, you are guaranteed to see large herds of buffaloes and elephants as well as wildebeest and Zebras, among others. Those that are interested in birding, there are hundreds of bird species in Tarangire however; they are easily seen during the wet seasons that run from December until May.
If you’re planning a walking safari in Tarangire, you will need three plus days to explore this park to the fullest. The walks often start from the Masaai local communities near the park thus the perfect place for anyone to start this magical exploration. You will have lunch en route but dinners will always be prepared and serve at the camps where you will be spending the nights and it will be from the under the bright light of the stars. Overnight will be at the lodge, which are temporary facilities set up but will all the necessary equipments you need to have comfortable nights. There are small camps in different spots around the park where you can spend your nights as the safari goes one. Most of these camps are located near waterholes, such sites are the best to use as camp sites because then you can relax and from the camp, sip a cup of tea as you watch the animals by the waterholes.
The walk begins with a bush breakfast before you start morning bush walk. The walk may be combined with a simple mountain climb to get a better and vast view of the park. Lunch will be ready by the time you descend and later continue with the walk to your next destination through the Maasai settlements into Tarangire national park. You may even visit the Masaai chief’s place if you are interested in cultures as well. Over nights with inside the park will be very interesting with the sound of animals roaming around the camp. Tarangire hosts a lot of herbivores and from the camp, you may get the chance to see a number of them. Carnivores and other larger animals which are life threatening thus the reason the guides are armed and well trained.
Sometimes, full day walks can be organized and in that case you have to carry packed lunch boxes from the lodge. Walking around on foot makes you feel more connected with nature and the surrounding than when you drive because you get the chance to see and also focus on the tiny attractions. After the first one or two takes in Tarangire, you need to walk further into the jungle and that is where you nights will be. There is a camp about 1km fur behind the waterholes. This are too has some vantage points where animals can be viewed from as they make their way to the drinking points. During those full moon nights, you can clearly see animals walking to the water source from this camp in the middle of nowhere.
Tarangire being the only source of water throughout the year, sometime, you don’t have to walk any further than the waterholes. All you need to do is get there, sit and wait for all kinds of animals and birds to come to you. That is your perfect moment for you to take as many pictures as possible. You can choose to camp along Tarangire River banks. From this point, you can even take a walk to the popular Olivers Camp which located few a little further up river in the southeastern part of Tarangire.
- Serengeti walking safaris
Serengeti is Tanzania’s most famous park and it commonly known for the wildebeest migration which is the best ever wildlife viewing exercise. This park has got a good number of wildlife species and walking safari is one of the best tourism activities one can opt for and are done in areas where vehicles are not allowed to enter, therefore no game drives.
Just like Tarangire, Serengeti national park has got variety vegetation covers including acacia woodland, it has a beautiful terrain with some parts are covered with scattettred rocky kopjes. Such rocky area makes the best sites for campsites as well as lookout spots. You can sit under some fig tree on top some rocky ground and enjoy the view of as far as fifty miles across the park, enjoy the serenity of the place before you can walk to the camp for an overnight.
The walks in Serengeti venture deep into that still intact wilderness, the restricted rhino protection areas and there, only a few people are allowed to enter such zones. The wilderness in this park means places with gently rolling hills, some small streams supplying water to the plants and animals. There are also permanent springs down the valleys that support the survival of animals all year through and there are small plains that are mainly surrounded by light acacia tree forests.
What to expect from Serengeti
Wildebeest viewing is one of the major activities done in this park. It can be extremely busy during the wildebeest migration months as the event attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the world. The existence of amazing vegetation types supports the survival of Africa’s largest mammals, hundreds of birds, so many reptiles and types of insects. Walking safaris done during the wildebeest migration season offer a slightly different experience from the walks done during other month. Wildebeest in Tarangire and in Serengeti are often mixed up Zebras, they live in harmony compared to other animals because they don’t have to compete for grass as they eat different parts of the same grass. Zebras feed on the tall grass but the wildebeests feed on the short one. They also substitute each other’s inability for examples, wildebeest have got a really good sense of smell that is lucking among Zebras while the Zebras have the best sight and hearing abilities that the wildebeests don’t have.
You will have to walk from one camp to another every other day if you have a longer safari. You will have to carry packed lunch as you will have a lunch break in the jungle and have hot meals later in the night when you get to the camp. Usually, they serve three course meals to guests even though these are temporary camp. Camps are strategically located in areas with some attractions that you will see during your break.
- Kenya Walking Safaris
Kenya is another country in Africa with a big concentration of wild life in the different national park and just like in many other countries, walking safaris in this country are also restricted regardless of the fact that this is the best way to have a real African bush experience. There is a variety to choose from including the famous Masaai Mara walk led by the local Masaai people, among others. If you are going for a long safari, there are various camp sites where you will have your dinners and spend the nights.
- Laikipia Masaia walking safari
Laikipia is in the northern part of Kenya. Tourists taking the Laikipia walk and in other parts of Kenya often accompanied by Mobile camel to carry their luggage from one camp to another rather than using a support vehicles. All safaris are lead by trained safari guides and locals from the surrounding communities like Laikipia and Samburu make up the team of support team like the chefs. These are very informed people who are not only good with wildlife but also help understand the amazing traditional cultures of the people in the communities you may go through.
A two to three walking safari in Laikipia is long enough to explore the beautiful landscape and various wildlife that there is to see. You will spend your nights in mobile camps, your guides will help your setup the camp in the evening when you get to the camping sites. They will also help with the food preparation which why you should not expect that really fancy meal. They also act as guards in the night when animals are wondering around the campsites. Laikipia walking safaris offer a lot more of the Kenyan exotic life style compared to any other any other walks organized in other parts of Africa.
From the park, you have a clear view of Mount Kenya in the South. This park is also supports hundreds of game life both the predators and the herbivores for examples, you can expect to see the big fives, although the lions are rare, there are different types of antelopes including the Lesser Kudu, the common zebras and the Grevy Zebras, there are hyenas, giraffes and so many other savanna animals. There is also quite a number of reptiles and amphibians like the Side-striped Chameleons, snakes like puff adders, Side-stripped Sand Snake , Brown Spitting Cobras, leopard Bubbling Kassina and Leopard Tortoise, to mention but a few.
Tailor made trips can be organized anytime so as to meet the travelers’ interest. You can chose where you want to go and will leave out the areas that are of no interest to you. Whichever safari you choose to go for, you can be certain that you will have the best and memorable experience. Depending on your interests, you can choose one or more walking safaris. Even with just one safari, your expectations will be met simply because most of these African countries have the similar types of animals. This mainly because we experience similar weather conditions and so have the same vegetation cover across the continent.
Other facts to know about Walking Safaris
Generally, all safaris start with breakfast served from where you spent the night.
Sometimes, you may be required to pack your breakfast especially during hot seasons when you may be required to start the walks really early before the sun becomes unbearable for everyone.
Depending on where you are and the day’s program, you may have to carry packed lunch or return to the camp for hot lunch.
In most cases, there is always a support car that carries your bags, food, tents if you’re to sleep in mobile tents and other supplies as well as helpers like chefs.
What to pack for a walking safari.
- Hiking boots are must. Most of these walks take you through jungles and grasses, these kind of shoes will make the walk more comfortable regardless of whether you have to hike.
- Appropriate cloths, you will at one point need the trousers, shorts, long sleeved cloths, huts, sunglass and rain gears. Be mindful of the weather and the kind of vegetation you will be walking through.
- Insect repellants will be very useful especially during your nights in the jungles which are breeding places for mosquitoes.
Africa as a whole offers the most amazing walking safaris because they are usually a combination of wildlife, bird watching, scenic viewing and cultural tours. It is true that a safari is as good as the guide that is these guides are friendly and very knowledgeable so that they can help you have a memorable safari.