Take a Walking Safari on the Wild Side

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Ditch the four wheels of the game vehicle for your own two feet on a walking safari in the middle of South Africa’s bushveld.

Our home, the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, is a beautiful wilderness area that is bursting with life that is big, small and, of course, creatures that fall somewhere in between.

On a game drive, it is usually easy to see the large game that wanders through the bushes and birds that perch among the branches of the thorn trees. It is on a walking safari that the details of the bush, the signs of wildlife and plant species otherwise unseen, make themselves known to you with the help of your guide.

Walking safaris are part of our ‘safari for the soul’ ethos, and here’s why:

Smell the roses…

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© Anna da Graça

Well, a piece of dung may not be as pretty as a rose, but for our guides, the clues that sniffing a fresh dropping offers are about as sweet as smelling that colourful English flower! Analysing the shape, size, location and smell of dung are all important parts of knowing which animal has been roaming around the area recently so that you and your guide can successfully track down an eland, giraffe or even a herd of elephants.

Take it slow…

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Leopard Tortoise © Sophie Barrett

Not to worry, your trip into the bush will not be all about dung smelling though! A walking safari is a great opportunity to put down your mobile phone, forget about the outside world and enjoy the deep peace that nature effortlessly affords us. On both the cultural and solitude walks, it is not about the distance covered so you get to set the pace and take it as slowly as you want.

Read the bush newspaper…

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Part of a walking safari is getting down to ground level to translate the language of spoors – the tracks of wildlife imprinted into the soil as they pass through an area. Your knowledgeable guide will teach you how to play detective by mapping out the scene in front of you to understand what has happened on that piece of land before you arrived.

Share the journey…

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© Anna da Graça

After a three-hour walk, refreshments go down a treat. This is the time to share your walking safari highlights, interesting facts learnt from your guide and laugh together about the quirky side of nature. Exploring the bush with like-minded people from around the world is an experience unique to being on safari in Africa and, for some guests, a walking safari is the cherry on top.

Be in awe…

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Martial Eagle © Sophie Barrett

From a bird of prey taking down its next meal to an impala leaping through the grass, South Africa’s wildlife is a magnificent combination of sheer power and delicate grace. A walking safari gives you different perspective of this world and you cannot help but become completely immersed in the wilderness as you discover it for yourself on foot.

Come and stay with us for a wild and soulful safari experience in South Africa.