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Experiences

Walking safaris, Bush walks vs multi-day safaris

Experiences

Walking safaris

Walking safaris allow you to move at a slower pace, bringing you up close and personal with nature. Exploring the wild on foot, you can appreciate tiny details often missed on a regular game drive. Your safari guide will be an extra set of eyes and ears, telling you all about interesting insects and the medicinal properties of plants, helping you identify animal tracks, and how to tell when rain is coming.

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Walking safaris
Itineraries

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Bush walks vs multi-day safaris

Bush walks are on the activity list at many safari accommodations in Africa and usually occur in close vicinity of the camp. These walks—which require a relatively low level of fitness—serve an introductory purpose and last 1-2 hours. You are given a few basic rules to ensure your safety, and that of the animals, before setting off with your guide.

For a multi-day walking safari, you will trek through the bush with an armed guide and be on your feet for a good part of the day. Often your day's walking will take you to the next camp, which is set up before you arrive by a crew that includes an experienced guide as well as a chef to prepare your meals. These more serious walks, led by well trained and experienced trails guides, can include approaching big game such as elephant and rhino. As such, they require a willingness to engage with nature and aren't always for the faint-hearted.

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Plan a walking safari in Africa

At most game lodges in Africa, you can take short bush walks for an introduction to this type of safari. If you want to spend multiple days exploring the wilderness on foot, there are dedicated walking camps in several countries with excellent guides we can recommend.

No matter how you might like walking safaris to feature on your African itinerary, our experts are waiting to help you create a custom trip around your budget, group size and specific wildlife interests.

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