Lying low as lionesses prowl the banks of a sandy river. Spotting a leopard in the dappled shade of a nearby tree. Creeping towards a Tamarind grove to watch wild elephants feed. Walking like this pulls down barriers. You’re a participant, not a passenger.

To us, this is what travel is all about. With no engine noise to startle the animals, you slip unnoticed into the wild. It’s a rare opportunity to become part of the bigger picture. To really hear the birds, breathe in the scents, see the flow of life. And, while a Land Rover may get you closer, there’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of getting eyeball to eyeball with a predator in its element.

During our walking safaris we tap into something primitive. Our guides use bushcraft to read the wind, identify tracks and scope out safety retreats. And, like our ancestors, we need to keep our wits about us – which all adds to the excitement.

Off the beaten track

For some, the chance to walk where few people – let alone standard safari groups – get to go is the ultimate adventure. But it’s not for everyone. Take a look at the FAQs below to find out more. Or, if you’re already picturing striding into the savannah, let’s talk.

 

Walking Safaris Experiences:

Is it safe?

Walking out to see wild animals in their natural environment inevitably carries a small element of risk. Neither man nor beast is looking for trouble – but it’s the potential for danger that makes walking safaris so thrilling. Our experienced, armed guides will be with you at all times, reading the environment and the animals to keep you out of harm’s way.

Do I need to be fit?

Walking safaris aren’t about trekking for miles each day. In fact, the best moments – watching a herd of elephants drink at the waterhole, or cheetah stalking impala – usually come from just sitting quietly. That said, you should be prepared to be out in the heat for several hours at a time. Guides always carry plenty of water and can adapt to your pace.

What will I see?

Many walking safaris are now more like ‘nature trails’, where you’re unlikely to come across anything potentially dangerous. With Natural High, you’ll walk through areas known for their diverse wildlife, such as the Luangwa National Park in Zambia or the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. From small-scale scenes such as red ants trooping back to the nest, to the epic drama of a wildebeest river crossing, you’ll have time to watch life unfold.

Where will I stay?

It depends what you’re looking for. You could stay in a beautiful, boutique lodge, or travel with a private camp. For something unique, try an ultra-minimalist fly-camp in a secluded spot such as a dry riverbed in the Selous, Tanzania. Here, less truly is more. Dinner means fresh, simple meals cooked on open fires. And bedtime will see you sleeping beneath star-strewn skies, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African night.

Take the next step

There are endless opportunities to get closer to the African wilderness with a walking safari. Take a look at some sample safaris we’ve planned in the past for more inspiration. And when you’re ready to begin your own adventure, simply get in touch.