Walking Safari in Zimbabwe
There is nothing quite like a walking safari to get you close to nature. Zimbabwe has a reputation for offering some of the finest walking safaris on the continent, the guiding standards are excellent and training programmes are extremely rigorous and thorough so you know you are in safe hands. Walking is allowed in the national parks in Zimbabwe, which bucks the trend as this is usually forbidden within the confines of the parks in other countries. It means that walking safaris are on offer at many camps as one of their activities, there are also camps that offer walking as the main focus of your stay.
Walking puts you in touch with your surroundings, you engage all your senses as you venture through the landscape, always accompanied by your guide. You see, smell and hear things that you might miss on a game drive. The slightest rustle in the bushes will grab your attention, have your adrenalin flowing. There is something quite magical about observing wildlife in its natural habitat whilst you are crouched just a short (but safe) distance away. It is a very different feeling to watching from vehicle, you become directly involved in the scenario rather than being just an observer.
So if walking is something you would like to do while on safari, then Zimbabwe is a good place to start.
where to go
Mana Pools is generally the place that first comes to mind when walking safaris are mentioned, however, other areas such as Hwange or Gonarezhou can be just as rewarding for walking.
when to go
Walking in Mana Pools is offered from April through to November, it becomes inaccessible during the rainy season. In other areas walking can be offered year round. Walking is generally avoided during the heat of the day, that's siesta time for both animals and humans!
how to do it
A walking safari can be a single activity offered by your lodge offer or you could opt to join a full-on walking safari. If walking is an activity that you would specifically like to do, then let us know and we can ensure that we select the right place for you at the right time of year.
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