Walking safaris offer guests an exhilarating option to view wildlife.
- Zen guided walk
The Outpost, a lodge in the Big Five Makuleke Contractual Park in the northern Kruger National Park, offers guests a meditative walking safari experience known as the Zen guided walk. The walk is carried out in silence and encourages travellers to simply enjoy the walk. “By dropping the usual social chatter, we’re able to fully immerse ourselves into our surroundings and be one with nature,” says Lauren Ritchie, CEO of Rare Earth Retreats. “In our age of noise and distractions, quietening the mind like that can be a very refreshing and healing experience.”
- Forest walk with treehouse dining
Nature walks on Fregate Island in the Seychelles offer guests insight into the island’s ecosystem, says Lylie Moolman, General Manager at Giltedge Ocean Islands. Guests are accompanied by a resident conservationist, who shares information on the island’s wildlife and allows guests to assist and observe in fieldwork. Fieldwork could include searching for tiny sea turtle hatchlings emerging from their nests or checking nest boxes for eggs or chicks. After the walk, guests have the option to enjoy a fine-dining experience in a treehouse in one of the island’s oldest banyan trees. Guests can choose their ingredients with the Chef de Cuisine beforehand from a wide variety of exotic vegetables, herbs and fruits.
- Four-day walking safari experience
Travellers in search of an extended walking safari will enjoy the Mana Shoreline Walking Safari in Zimbabwe from Natureways Safaris. Guests leave their mobile camp early in the morning and walk to the next camp. On arrival, they are greeted with a cold drink, hot shower and dinner. This three-night, four-day safari follows the Zambezi River through the Mana Pools National Park. The walk begins near the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers and continues along the Mana Pools shoreline.
- Rhino tracking walking safari
African Bush Camps’ new lodge, Thorntree River Lodge (which opens in May 2017) will offer walking safaris accompanied by a professional guide in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia to track white rhino on foot. The rhino walk is either a morning or an afternoon activity and usually lasts a few hours. The walk will be offered all year round and is an inclusive activity when staying at Thorntree River Lodge.
- Super sensory safari experience
African Bush Camps’ recently launched Super Sensory safari experience also includes walking elements. Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools is one of the best areas in Africa for a walking safari, according to Macmillan.
This set departure itinerary in April will see guests exploring camps in Mana Pools – Kanga Camp and Zambezi Expeditions – through the lens of biomimicry. Each camp has several qualified walking guides, which means that there is no need for guests to pre-book a walking safari. Children can also enjoy their own version of a walking safari on bush walks as part of the ‘cub club’. Children are accompanied by a qualified guide and walk around camp, discovering the delights of the bush around them.
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