A walking safari is one of the finest ways to get really close to nature and learn about the complicated workings of the African bush. As certainly as the camera has replaced the hunting rifle, the growing popularity of guided walking safaris has transformed traditional game viewing from vehicles.
Being out in the wilderness on foot is all about the little things you might miss in a vehicle: following tracks, identifying scat, following tracks, looking at insects, smelling wild sage, or learning how termite mounds are made. You might see some large game as well, such as elephant, giraffe, or buffalo.
When considering a walking safari, there are two basic levels you can consider.
Multi-day walking trails
The utmost passionate form of walking safari would be a multi-day walking trail which involves spending nights in basic mobile tented camps, adventurous bush camps, or lightweight fly camps.
Depending on season and location, walks may differ in difficulty, purpose, and duration, but there will always be a sense of adventure and exploration. Game concentrations will vary according to region and routes are taken.
Daily walks from permanent camps or lodges are great for having a change of activity and exploring the African bush on foot, without compromising on the overall big game experience or the quality of your chosen accommodation.
Walks can vary in style and duration; sometimes being quite strenuous but more usually being fairly relaxed and suitable for most reasonably fit and mobile adults (most walking safaris will have an age limit for kids).
A devoted walk will often replace a game drive as a half-day activity, whilst in certain areas walks are often included in combination with game drives (i.e. you go for a drive, find some animal tracks, and then get out and track/approach the animals on foot).