South Africa Walking Safaris

For us, a walking safari is the ultimate wildlife experience.

Overview

For us, a walking safari is the ultimate wildlife experience. You will never forget the moment when, crouched low in the aromatic golden grass beside your armed guide, you watch elephants cross the river towards you! A walking safari is a gentle walk so it is suitable for any adventurous adult.

Dedicated walking safaris in South Africa

Rhino Walking Safaris offers two to three night stays at Plains Camp, a private concession in the Kruger National Park. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a sleep-out. This is in elevated tree-houses (on the 3 night safari). Similarly, Africa on Foot and Simbavati Trails Camp both focus exclusively on walking safaris in the Timbavati Game Reserve.

Whilst in the far north of the Kruger, Pafuri Walking Trails is a 3 night walking safari in the dry winter & spring months. This is a very scenic part of the Kruger and ideally suited to walking safaris.

Down in the Cape, both Sanbona in the Little Karoo and Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offer their 'Explorer camps'. These rustic walking camps are run from Friday to Sunday (2 nights). Gondwana Game Reserve also offers a three night walking safari trail staying at different tented camps each night.

South Africa walking safaris

In the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg Mountains, the stylish and eco-friendly Marataba Mountain  Camp is perfect for more adventurous souls. Combine safari walks with game drives for an adventure out in the bush.

Some Camps only offer walking safaris above. Whilst other safari camps offer a mix of walking or game drives. Usually with game drives in the hotter afternoons.

South Africa walking safaris

Morning Walks

If you aren't 100% sure, there are alternative ways to enjoy a walking in the bush. Many game lodges offer a short morning bush walk on request. However, some safari lodges - mentioned below - have a greater emphasis on walking than most. They offer longer 3-4 hour bush walks. These are not arduous but rather gentle explorations of the bush, giving you the opportunity to observe the game at close quarters, track spoor and gain a holistic sense of how the wilderness.

Highlights

  • A walking safari is the ultimate wildlife experience.
  • Gain fascinating insights into the ways of the wild with an experienced guide.
  • Typically you'll focus on smaller wildlife, birds, plants and their local medicinal uses.
  • Sometimes you’ll also encounter larger wildlife so your guide is always alert and ready.
  • Over-whelming sense of being part of the bush and not just viewing it from a stationary vehicle.

Everything worked out perfectly

"Just a quick note to let you know everything worked out perfectly! We had a great time and the accommodations were excellent. We even had two elephants visiting our tent at Simbavati one evening. You can imagine the excitement! Thank you for your hard work to make this a fantastic safari. " Mrs Brigitte, USA

Amazing holiday in SA

"Thank you for the most amazing holiday in South Africa. The three lodges were all selected with great care and each had a different atmosphere. All transfers worked entirely smoothly and we were even met on arrival at Johannesburg airport to be escorted the few yards to the airport hotel! Cedarberg really came into their own when BA messed up the outgoing flight (twice) and Ginny spent her entire Bank Holiday weekend sorting it out for us. " Mr Mike Ricks, UK

Clearly experts on South Africa!

"Very helpful on the phone and by email. Lots of detailed advice and clearly experts on South Africa! Would definitely use again and have already recommended to friends. " Ms Abrahams, UK
 

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Great to deal with

"Cedarberg were really great to deal with. The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away.  The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it.  Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards. " Mr Martin Butler, UK

I would only want to book through Cedarberg

"Thank you so much for booking this experience for us, Mari. Everything was so well organized and went so smoothly, from car rental and driving and hotel directions, to lodge details, inclusions, exclusions, etc. The link you gave us with all the details on the locations we were going to as well as the detailed itinerary and pre-departure information was very helpful. We’re grateful for your efforts and for making this an outstanding experience for us. I have already sent your details to friends in case they’re interested in booking a trip of their own, and now that Tom has seen the beauty of Africa I know I won’t have to convince him to head back there again. I’m dreaming of safari in Namibia next time, and I would only want to book it through Cedarberg. " Mrs Michelle B

Superb holiday

"Peter put together a superb holiday for us. He found out what sort of things we liked and then tailored the holiday for our needs. Whilst working the logistics out! " Mrs Helen Severs