Walking Safaris of South Africa is newly published by Struik Travel & Heritage, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa.
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 also possible to explore parks safely on foot – yes, even the ones with elephant, rhino and big predators.
There are good reasons to walk in the reserves, whether it is just once in place of a morning drive, or as a multi-day adventure. In a safari vehicle, you are looking at wilderness. On a walking safari you are really 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. Meeting these animals is a thrilling part of a walking safari but it’s more: a genuinely immersive experience, a chance to gain a deeper appreciation for the entire bushveld ecosystem.
Walkers encounter fascinating smaller creatures, seed pods and flowers, fungi and feathers, bones and burrows, middens and nests. They learn the art of tracking, discover fossils, rock art and prehistoric tools. Bush skills, geology, folklore, bushveld cooking, astronomy, stories of lives lived in the wilds – all of these can be part of the walking safari experience.
Above all, taking part in a walking safari is an opportunity to disconnect from the modern world for a while and simply enjoy the unspoiled African wilderness and all its sights, scents and sounds. With the publication of Walking Safaris of South Africa, visitors have access to a valuable new resource for planning and enjoying this unforgettable experience.