Walking Safaris
in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has a well-earned reputation for having the best guides in the business, where this is most evident is on foot.

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About Zimbabwe Walking Safaris

Zimbabweans are a proudly self-reliant lot and the ability to take care of yourself in the bush permeates deep within the national psyche.

Nowhere do candidate guides go through a longer or more rigorous selection and training process, and once qualified are free to lead walks within any of Zimbabwe’s National Parks.

In Zimbabwe the guide has sole responsibility for the safety of his charges. There is no armed ranger present so, along with encyclopedic knowledge of nature, proper bushcraft and the ability to read any situation confidently is an absolute must.

It’s fair to say that the safari experience in Zimbabwe in general, and on walking safaris in particular, has remained firmly on the wilderness and wildlife, and not on extraneous luxuries. Thus it is still possible to do proper multi-day expeditionary safaris deep into the wilderness, with a pack on your back and a mozzie net and bedroll to rest at night.

For those seeking less hardcore adventure it’s also possible to do shorter walks from camp or vehicle. Whichever you do there remains a distinct possibility that you will find yourself standing close enough to see an elephant’s eyelashes or sitting amongst a pack of wild dogs.

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Highlights of a walking safari Zimbabwe

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

BEST TIME FOR ZimbabweWALKING SAFARIS

The dry season, running from late April to early November, is the best time to explore Zimbabwe on foot. June and July are the coldest months when it is comfortable to be out all day.

The mercury rises significantly through August making September, October and November indisputably warm, particularly in the low-veld (such as Mana Pools and Gonarezhou). The upside of the hottest time is that there are few water sources remaining and so you’ll have no problem whatsoever encountering a huge amount of wildlife. To a large extent it’s a matter of personal preference so speak to us about what time would suit you best

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Fly Camping

Simple lightweight camps used to support walking safaris are one of the greatest pleasures in the wilderness.

Fly camping is minimalist camping par excellence. Above all, it’s about experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African night; myriad stars, the noise of elephants foraging near camp, the calls of hyenas, leopards and lions. Frills are restricted to the essentials: good simple food, cold drinks and a comfortable bed roll.

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