Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of walking safaris are available in South Africa?

Guided walks range from easy one hour strolls to intensive multi-day backpacking expeditions. In reserves where walking safaris are offered, visitors to a lodge or rest camp can choose to take a guided walk in place of drive. To make walking the focus of a visit, specialist trails camps are the best option, generally referred to as Wilderness Trails. For the more adventurous, it’s possible to backpack and camp, or even sleep under the stars.

When is the best time of year to go on a walking safari?

In the Lowveld, the area with the most walking options, the prime walking season is April to October. In the Western Cape, the summer months from November to March are best.

What should I wear for walking in bushveld?

Clothing should be in earth shades of green, brown or khaki. Avoid bright colours, and black or white.

What should I carry on a walking safari?

Bring a small backpack with room for a fleece, water, snacks and personal items. Binoculars are nice to have.

How fit to I need to be for a walking safari?

Typical day walks are accessible to all that do not have impaired mobility, with distances modest and many stops to investigate nature. Multi-day wilderness trails are more enjoyable if you are a regular walker, while backpacking demands a higher ability and preparation.

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