Kruger National Park is a safari gem. It’s one of the largest game reserves in Africa and a premier safari destination, an African paradise teeming with the Big Five and other wild animals. There are many different ways to explore Kruger and its wildlife, but there is no better way to discover the magic of the national park than on a walking safari. Travellers will be surrounded by nothing but pristine wilderness and the stillness of the bush. A walking safari gives you the rare opportunity to explore game-filled plains like a safari explorer of a bygone era.
Before you embark on your adventure on foot, here’s what to expect on a Kruger walking safari.
Close-up wildlife encounters
A highlight of a walking safari is the thrill of the unknown – you never know what animals you may encounter. Not to mention the opportunity to see these animals up close, the way adventurers of yesteryear would have encountered them. Don’t worry, a walking safari is perfectly safe! You will be in the care of a professional guide or ranger, who is trained to understand the animals and their behavior. To stay safe and to avoid disturbing the wildlife as much as possible, you’ll be required to follow a strict set of rules. Always be very quiet and still, and walk in a single file at all times. This way, everyone will enjoy the best of a walking safari.
Lots (and lots) of walking
While a walking safari is considered more of a gentle stroll than a grueling hike, it’s a great way to get a bit of exercise and fresh air. Your own two feet will take you on an unexpected journey along paths and trails that a game vehicle cannot navigate. Be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes, and long trousers to protect your legs from thorns and insects. Neutral-coloured clothing is a must in order to avoid attracting the attention of animals. Other walking safari essentials include a pair of sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. For an enhanced game viewing experience, bring a pair of binoculars with you. It’s a great item for spotting a pride of lions or a herd of elephants in the distance!