Botswana has long held the crown of being Africa’s premier safari destination and attracts many with the diversity of safari activities on offer, with traditional mokoro canoes used as well as vehicles for wildlife viewing. Here our Botswana specialist Emma shows why getting out on foot is one of the most exciting ways to experience the Okavango Delta.
Whether you’re encountering the Big Five, colourful birds or the smallest of species, a walking safari is a thrilling experience.
Arguably the best place to enjoy an authentic on-foot experience is in Zambia, famous as the home of the walking safari. The concept was first pioneered in the Luangwa Valley in the 1950s by British conservationist Norman Carr. Today Zambia is still one of the continent’s wildest and unspoilt destinations, making it one of the best spots to explore the bush on foot. Guides here are highly qualified and amongst the best in the continent.
Zimbabwe is also good for those interested in walking safaris, with Hwange National Park renowned as the best safari park in the country. There is plenty of wildlife to spot, with a particularly impressive elephant population.
Situated to the north of Mount Kenya, Samburu Game Reserve is an excellent location for a walking safari with a host of unusual animals to encounter. These include Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk, as well as a healthy leopard and lion population. On top of this, the bordering Kalama Conservancy has some of the most breath-taking scenery in the area with spectacular views across the rocky landscape.