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.