Walking Safaris in Africa
Experiencing Botswana wilderness areas is integral to most of our trips, and there’s no better way than on foot. Walking in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is completely different to game drives as being on foot brings about a totally new way of understanding your surroundings. A walk in the African bush is not just a walk; it’s a true adventurous wilderness experience. What better place to be on foot, than in the Okavango Delta wading through water and viewing animals on foot.
The most important part of a walking safari is the guide, as this is not a normal game drive based safari. Walk Botswana Safaris has more than 15 years experience in the walking safaris industry and have conducted walks in 11 African countries. Safety is paramount to us and every walk is guided with a firearm, as well as all the necessary equipment like Sat phones and first aid kits. We only take a maximum of six people on a walk in aid of keeping the experience personal, as well as safe. Walking safaris can either be based out of a mobile safari camp or from a fixed lodge, allowing small luxuries for those that need it and more adventure for those that are there for the rustic experience.
Walking safaris were the original safari style in Africa, and still remains the purest form of experiencing the African bush. Away from the comfort of the four-wheel drive safari vehicle, your senses are awakened as the bush becomes more ‘real’. Meeting animals on their terms, as a participant in their world can be far more rewarding than just spectating from the back of a vehicle.
Walks typically last from two to four hours in the morning. However, all this depends on the group, as walks can continue the whole day broken up with a beautifully located and refreshing bush lunch. We can certainly say that our walks are not routine marches and each day is different.
We don’t just focus on wildlife while out walking, but absorb every little part of the African bush, from the small dung beetles to the largest of large, the elephants.
A normal walk will include identifying tracks; highlighting interesting insects; discuss fascinating plants; and chat about the ecosystem in general – as well as sometimes tracking some of the larger animals. It is a great way to appreciate the smaller wildlife such as the Little Five, which can’t be so easily seen from a vehicle.
Please contact us so we can assist in tailor making you a walking safari experience, or help to incorporate walking safaris into your next photographic safari.
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