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Tips for Walking in the Wild

The Kruger National Park safari is one of the most exciting things to be a part of. Climbing the steps up into a safari vehicle, hearing the roar of the engine coming to life, and heading out slowly onto roads unknown to you, is an experience that will leave you excited and in awe of Africa. Totally removed from the sensational scenes of dusty poverty that have become the embodiment of Africa, the safari will introduce you to a completely different and often more realistic side of the continent and one that will show you just how beautiful it can be.

The guided safari, in a vehicle, is the epitome of all safari adventures, but it is not the only way that you can enjoy the wild. Various camps in the Kruger, as well as retreats in the area, offer their guests the opportunity to go on a wildlife walk. These walking tours offer a unique and often more intimate way to see animals and to learn more about them. On a dedicated path, these tours take guests into the heart of the Kruger and in doing so, there is plenty of time to enjoy the experience. These types of safaris are almost always laidback and slow, giving you ample time to take in the sights and sounds that the surrounding nature has to offer.

Walking safari tours are usually conducted by camp guides, so you are unlikely to be able to book a walking tour with a private safari company unless you are perhaps going on a walking safari at a private game lodge.

To help you make the most of your walking tour, here’s what you can do to prepare for your trip.

  1. Obviously, you need comfy shoes

Whenever you are walking long distances, the most obvious thing that you need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes, ones that you have already done quite a bit of walking in. What you don’t want is to wear shoes that are brand new, as they can end up giving you the most awful blisters.

  1. Dress light

Even if it is mid-winter, in South Africa, the heat at around midday is pleasantly warm and when you are out on a walking safari you are going to work up a sweat. Wearing light clothing is a good idea, as it will allow you to stay cool.

  1. Know what to expect

This is no ordinary walk. You are in the wild and you are going to come across all sorts of animals along the way, including some really big and dangerous ones. Naturally, you should never even think about approaching the animals you encounter and when they cross your path you should slow down and stay quiet. It is also incredibly important to listen to your guide at all times. They will usually be armed and they will keep you protected.

If what you are looking for is a different kind of safari experience, a walking tour might be an interesting safari to take part in.

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