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Nowhere will you feel closer to nature than being on foot in the bush. Leaving behind the noise and motion of a vehicle, your senses start to work and led by a highly experienced guide you will be awakened to a completely new world on an African walking safari. Sounds terrifying? In fact this is the most natural way to explore the bush and how our predecessors have travelled for thousands of years.

Walking through the bush gives you a chance to explore some of the more delicate elements of our eco system at your own pace. If you are concerned about fitness, don’t be! You needn’t be a seasoned hiker to enjoy a walking safari; our walking safaris range from gentle morning wanders to several days walking and fly camping through the Masai Mara’s Loita Hills, Northern Kenya’s Laikipia plateau, the Luangwa valley, or one of Southern Tanzania’s wildest national parks.

Even on an actual multi-day walking safari, you will probably walk for a few hours in the morning, with stops for water along the way, then spend the heat of the day under a shady tree with a good picnic lunch and continue for a couple of hours walking in the afternoon before you reach your next camping spot. Generally multi-day walking safaris will accept children over 12 years of age and you need to be reasonably fit to partake.

Best Places for Walking Safaris: Zambia is well known for offering fantastic walking safaris in the Luangwa Valley with some of the continent’s best local guides. Zimbabwe too is host to a number of incredible, highly trained guides and rugged landscapes. Having spent five years running walking safaris in Zimbabwe we must admit this is a personal favourite; Matusadona National Park is incredibly beautiful and its sandy soils make tracking lions easy, whilst Mana Pools on the Zambezi river boasts huge, stunning trees set against the backdrop of the Zambezi and open glades full of wildlife which you can approach on foot. These sorts of Zimbabwe walking safaris are best when combined with canoeing on the Zambezi…. difficult to explain what a fantastic adventure this is, better to go and see it yourself!

Kenya’s Laikipia area; a vast tract of wilderness is rugged and stunning, with no fences, leaving the wildlife to roam across this area and so some of the best walking safaris in Africa happen here. Traditional tribes-people such as the Samburu tribe have grown up walking in the bush and make fantastic walking guides and trackers. In Northern Kenya, camels assist on walking safaris. These hardy, desert beasts carry your luggage and walk alongside you, offering you an insight into culture and traditions which you would struggle to find elsewhere in Africa.

The Selous and Ruaha national parks in Southern Tanzania also have excellent walking options and if that’s not enough hold your breath because we are we are exploring Ethiopia’s legendary Bale mountains at the moment and soon we will be offering walking safaris here too.

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