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 visitors are unaware that it’s possible to explore parks safely on foot – yes, even the ones with elephant, rhino and big predators.

New from Struik Travel & Heritage

In a safari vehicle, you are looking at wilderness. On a walking safari you are in the wilderness.

Exploring on foot is the way to discover the African bushveld just as our ancestors did, 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. It is a genuinely immersive experience, a chance to gain a deeper 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 the walking safari experience.

“What a pleasure to review one of the best presented travel guides I have come across in a very long time.

Dr John Hanks for Fine Music Radio Book Choice.

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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The Essential Trails Guide

Professional trails guides are central to all of the experiences described in Walking Safaris of South Africa. These men and women devote years to attaining the skills required to lead guests safely in big game areas, and in this new blog for Penguin Random House South Africa, we give them their due credit.

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

Book Reviews

The first professional review is in for Walking Safaris of South Africa, and it’s a good one. Zoologist and author Dr John Hanks is a strong believer in the benefits of wilderness immersion on foot and welcomes the book’s publication.

There is really no substitute for enthusiastic and passionate writing, and I must congratulate the authors and publisher for a production which I am sure will stimulate those who have not spent any time walking in protected area to give it a try.”

Dr John Hanks for Fine Music Radio Book Choice.
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