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
Format: 210 x 148 mm
Extent: 184 pages
Text: 70,000 words
Images: ±200, full colour
Imprint: Struik Travel & Heritage