Where can I do a walking safari?

Dipping your toe in the dust

Giraffe spotted on a walking safari with Robin Pope Safaris

In many national parks it’s simply not possible to do a walking safari, due to the sheer volume of animals around. However, often a national park will be surrounded by privately-owned land where walking safaris are on offer as one of many camp activities. Often safari-goers will combine a morning or afternoon walking safari with a game drive, or a boat trip. There are camps in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa which offer this.  Just let us know that you are interested, and we’ll try to incorporate a walking safari into your trip.

Particular mention should go to the South Luangwa in Zambia, where many of the safari camps and lodges specialise in walking safaris, and in fact, some camps only offer walks. Legendary guides such as Robin Pope and Norman Carr pioneered this way of discovering the bush, and today the camps founded in their name remain some of the best places to walk on the continent. Initially, we were a bit hesitant about recommending these to first timers on safari, but having been to a walking-only safari camp with an Africa rookie who loved it, we’d recommend it to anyone.

What if I want to walk from camp to camp?

There are several camps in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park which are in walking distance of each other, and it’s also possible to arrange mobile, multi-day walks here. In Laikipia, in Northern Kenya, we can arrange several days of walking with only your Maasai guides and a team of camels for company, and in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve we know of a fantastic five day walk based out of a mobile camp.

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