Walking Safaris in South Africa.
There is no nature-based offering as riveting as an on-foot safari. The simple act of walking out into the wilds opens a whole new world of strange, exciting and unimagined experiences. Immersed and connected to a place that our ancient ancestors knew well has a profound effect on our well-being. The smallest phenomenon will have you entranced. Your wilderness safari guide will read and interpret your environment and the creatures you encounter, from the tiniest termite to a pride of lions.
They’ll also notice and share the subtlest of changes and signs in the bushveld around you. At the very tip of a stem of grass is a dark, sticky substance. A dik-dik (small antelope) has passed here and marked his territory by jabbing the musk gland at the corner of his eye on the grass. Bend over and smell the musky scent, evidence of the way animals communicate. Rub your clothes with these leaves to keep pesky flies away. Crouch behind a clump of reeds, breathing in the rich earth fragrances, and observe a leopard stalking a waterbuck. A cacophony of night sounds push unfiltered through the thin material of your tent and play games with your mind. A walking safari is a moving feast for the senses.
The first multi-day wilderness trails in South Africa were run in the Umfolozi Game Reserve (now part of the consolidated Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve) in KwaZulu-Natal. This reserve still offers these very special and completely immersive multi-day walking safaris where participants are required to take shifts to keep watch over the camp at night. Although this adventure is still a firm favourite a range of incredible on-foot experiences are now available throughout South Africa at private game reserves as well as national parks like Kruger National Park where you can experience as many as 14 different eco-systems on your multi-day walking safari.
Guided by highly professional game rangers, short morning hikes, multi-day fly-camping options and even family friendly walking safaris are available.