Walking Safaris in East & Southern Africa

African safaris are changing. As surely as the camera has replaced the hunting rifle, the growing popularity of guided walking safaris has revolutionised traditional game viewing activities. Away from the confines of a vehicle, travellers are now venturing into big game country on foot for anything from an hour’s stroll to several days, spending starlit nights at remote lodges or tented camps.

An African walking safari is one of life’s most unforgettable adventures. Imagine birdsong-filled days spent following animal tracks, shadowing a foraging baboon troop or settling down in the shade to watch buffalo gather at a waterhole. Armed rangers and professional guides ensure your safety and comfort, and you sit down to a fire-cooked meals and slip into bed between crisp sheets every night.

Prepare yourself for a different kind of safari experience. Set in some of the best game reserves in East and Southern Africa, there are always plenty of animals to see on a walking safari but the emphasis is on the environment’s smaller details – a dew-dazzled spider web, shy flowers and bumbling beetles. Cultural elements come into play as well, whether greeting local herdsmen or sharing stories with your guide. Formal barriers melt away after a day or two, fireside conversations carry on deep into the night and you are left with a better insight into this alluring continent.

Find out where to go before delving into our selection of recommended Africa walking safari tours. We have chosen the best walking experiences in the best reserves across East and Southern Africa. Adding on a few days at a safari lodge or tropical beach resort is as simple as it is rewarding – simply ask one of our Safari Experts for the best combinations.

Walking safaris augment Africa’s other great on-foot experience – trekking holidays. A more mountain-based experience, trekking through lush rainforest for gorillas and chimps has become a must-do activity in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo, while a multi-day Mount Kilimanjaro trek belongs at the top any adventurer’s bucket list.

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Best African Walking Safari Tours & Holidays

Adventurer Mt Kenya, Samburu & Mara

From $15,790 per person sharing
10 days
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Have breakfast with Rothschild’s giraffes. Stay in a rhino sanctuary area.

Destinations visited
Kenya Laikipia Masai Mara Nairobi

Adventurer Congo's Gorillas & Forest Experience

From $14,535 per person sharing
8 days
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Unique forest wildlife & amazing bird watching. Two gorilla treks plus water-based activities & nature walks.

Destinations visited
Congo Odzala National Park

South Luangwa's 4x4, Walking & Bike Safari

From $5,360 per person sharing
8 days
Thrilling microlight flights over the national park take off in the soft light of dawn. Enjoy a morning brew by th fire at Tafika. Simple but spacious & comfortable, Tafika's chalets have two double beds, each protected by mosquito nets. Chikoko Tree Camp is set far from roads & vehicles: the emphasis is firmly on the walking experience. Hop on a mountain bike and set out on an animal-filled excursion. Hot afternoons at Chikoko are best spent in the shade with binoculars at hand. With only six chalets, owner-run Tafika Camp has a very intimate & personalised atmosphere. A hearty breakfast with fresh coffee is your well-deserved reward after a morning walking safari.

Twice-daily walking safaris in pristine wilderness. Rangers are very knowledgeable & experienced.

Destinations visited
South Luangwa National Park Zambia
11 days
CHAMILANDU-viewing-deck CHAMILANDU-beds The Lower Zambezi is known for exceptional walking safaris, where you'll be able to view animals large and small, on foot. Chikoko Tree Camp Guided Walk A river cruise holds the promise of seeing wildlife in the Zambezi National Park.
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See the wonder that is Victoria Falls. Stay in luxury accommodation in South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi National Park.

Destinations visited
Lower Zambezi South Luangwa National Park Victoria Falls Zambezi River Zambia

Kenya's Big 5 & Walking Safari

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9 days
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Great mix of game viewing by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. Private and exclusive wildlife destinations throughout Kenya.

Destinations visited
Kenya Laikipia Masai Mara