There are abundant possibilities of walking safaris all over Southern Africa carpeted with fluctuating landscapes.
Taking a walking safari is the smartest way of getting your legs moving while absorbing the landscape and wildlife. African walking safaris in the modern context can be interpreted and implemented in a number of ways. Walking safaris may be categorised into four elementary forms: primitive walking safaris, walking safaris from permanent safari camp, mobile or classic walking safaris and day walks from a safari lodge. Typically, a primitive walking safari entails the pure walking in some of the game reserves for at least two nights. These walks are under the guidance armed rangers. Visitors will carry their own backpacks of equipment and food. Permanent camps and toilet facilities are non-existent. Walking safaris from a permanent safari camp run more than two days of walking in the wilderness from a permanent safari camp or lodge. Each morning and afternoon the safari armed professional guide lead visitors into the bush for 3 – 4 hours game walks and revert back to the permanent camp or lodge after the walk or alternatively you may spend a night in the bush and return to the camp or lodge. On a mobile or classic walking safaris visitor stride through bush and an armed safari ranger leads you from camp to camp over a duration of over two days. Day walks from a safari lodge are available in most lodges and normally conducted after the morning’s game drive. They are led by a ranger and run for 2 – 3 hours. These walks are pretty much a voluntary activity where the key safari activities are in fact game drives.
Tanzania categorizes its wilderness regions in diverse styles, each with separate guidelines – suggestive of the fact that methods, and norms, of walking safaris contrast broadly. Tanzania offers primitive walking safaris, walking safaris from permanent safari camp and day walks from safari lodges. Walking safaris can be anything from 3 hours to an excursion running over numerous days. Tanzania’s most prominent game reserve that offer an excellent walking safari experience are national parks of Ruaha, Serengeti, Katavi, Tarangire and Selous Game Reserve.
It is fascinating that the concept of walking safaris initially originated in Zambia in the 1950s. Zambia extends broadest selection of consistently exceptional walking safaris. Stringent guiding assessments have assured consistently high-level of standards for walking safaris. Zambia offers primitive walking safaris, walking safaris from permanent safari camp and day walks from safari lodges. Walking safaris were actually initiated in South Luangwa National Park and it still has a lead edge over it other rivals found in the country such as Lower Zambezi, North Luangwa and Kafue. June to October is the time you will find that the longer walks are undertaken and the safest time to walk at all.
In Zimbabwe, walking safari can be a very significant part to an excursion. The training programme to qualify as a walking guide is cumbersome and rigorous and hence the guide in Zimbabwe are considered to be amongst if not the best in Africa. The apprenticeship that is demanded is not found anywhere else on continent. Awaiting visitors are guides that communicate with great precision and attributes that perfected with passion and self-assurance to guarantee a complete high-quality experience. Zimbabwe offers primitive walking safaris, walking safaris from permanent safari camp and day walks from safari lodges.
Exceptionally high guiding standards due to a rigorous training programme, coupled with a flexible attitude towards walking in the country’s wildlife areas, makes this a top destination for walking safaris. In Zimbabwe you’ll find some of the finest walking safaris on the continent.
It is extremely difficult to fully qualify as a walking guide in Zimbabwe; a huge amount of dedication, and some financial backing, is essential to complete the ZPHGA (Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association) Programme. All ‘Zim Pro’ walking guides have full gun licences and at least five years bush walking experience. The ZPHGA is regarded as probably the best qualification for walking safari guides in Africa and it certainly results in Zimbabwe having some of the most skilled safari guides in Africa. Walking is allowed in all of Zimbabwe’s wildlife areas, including its National Parks. Zimbabwe’s most prominent walking areas Matobo Hills, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls.
There are many options of walking safaris all over South Africa extended to cover the fluctuating landscapes. South Africa has an excellent collection of Game Reserves and National Parks that present you with exceptional walking safari experience. South Africa walking safaris cover primitive walking safaris, walking safaris from permanent safari camp, mobile or classic walking safaris and day walks from a safari lodge. South Africa’s most popular walking safari destination are Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve. Day guided walks are available from most camps in Kruger National Park. Primitive walking safaris and mobile or classic walking safari are also offered by the park. Several lodges on Sabi Sands Game Reserve offer voluntary day walking safaris which are performed daily in the morning or afternoon. Shamwari Game Reserve offer daily walking safaris from the various lodges and walking safaris from a permanent safari camp are also offered by the game reserve during the summer season.