A Deeper Dive Into Nature

South Africa is a stunningly beautiful country and home to some of the world’s best wildlife reserves. It’s a wonderful safari destination, catering for every travel style from self-drive camping to ultra luxury.

Many park visitors enhance the experience by exploring on foot, in the care of specialist guides. A walking safari is the way to discover the African wilderness just as our ancestors did: on foot, in the tracks of wild animals. Leaving the vehicle allows us to become a participant in this fascinating natural world and not a mere observer.

From the Cape fynbos to the subtropical Limpopo, South Africa has a wealth of well-managed parks and reserves accessible to all. In the safe hands of Africa’s best-trained guides, walkers not only share the home ground of elephant, rhino and lion but embark on an immersive learning experience, gaining an appreciation for the entire bushveld ecosystem: geology and hydrology, burrows and tracks, seed pods and flowers, scents and sounds, fungi and feathers, insects, bones, nests – it’s safari on steroids. Archaeological remains, fossils, rock art and prehistoric tools; folk tales, bush skills, stories of lives lived in the wild; bushveld cooking and astronomy; all can be part of a walking safari immersion.

With the publication of Walking Safaris of South Africa, visitors have access to a valuable new resource for planning and enjoying this unforgettable wilderness experience.

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About the Book

Walking Safaris of South Africa is the complete guide to walks in South Africa’s big game wilderness areas. It covers the nation’s 18 parks and reserves – plus a couple in eSwatini, and one in Botswana – where walking safaris are available.

One third of the book is devoted to pre-trip preparation: where to go and when, advice on how to pack and dress, and what to expect when on the trail. It explains the options available, which range from short walks to be enjoyed by all visitors, to wilderness trails from dedicated camps and lodges, to more arduous backpacking trails.

Another third of the guide describes the options in each reserve, covering all of the walk operators, including information on operating seasons and making bookings.

The rest of the book comprises first-hand narratives of walk experiences, which paint a vivid picture of how walking safaris offer an intense appreciation of African wilderness.

All of the reserves included have big game, which means that visitors can only walk in the care of specialist guides. The book does not cover other parks and nature reserves where visitors are free to self-guide on marked trails.

It aims to include all camps and lodges that have a focus on walks – where they are guaranteed, and offered as the main activity of the day. Other lodges, especially in the Greater Kruger area, may offer walks on request. It’s always worth inquiring, as every wilderness walk has the potential to be magical one.

Pub date: February 2021
ISBN: 9781775846901
ePub: 9781775846895
RRP: R270.00
Format: 210 x 148 mm
Extent: 184 pages
Text: 70,000 words
Images: ±200, full colour
Language: English
Covers: Softcover
Imprint: Struik Travel & Heritage

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