CONNECT WITH NATURE
Walk in extreme isolation and pure wilderness. From towering forests and pristine floodplains, walking here is not simply a vacation, it’s a wilderness experience of a lifetime.
Your guide will ensure you “tread lightly” on the environment and get you within a safe distance of elephants, lions, wild dogs, and more. Base yourself at one of Mana Pools’ luxury bush camps and walk from there; or embark on a 3-night walking trail along the edge of the Zambezi River, where you’ll camp along the way in a luxury “mobile camp” set up. Ask us about the various options!
Experience an extraordinary wilderness of riverine forests and lush water-lilied swamps in small and intimate bush camps in the Okavango. The “Delta” is bursting with life in every form, and seeing phenomenal birds, antelope, hippos, baboons and elephants is common on foot.
A walking trail here is a must to start or end your Okavango visit! Choose a trail in the central Delta where mekoro trips are available; pick an intimate, luxury camp in the eastern Delta where you walk out from your base camp each day; or choose a traditional, luxury safari camp where horseback safaris, walking and mekoro trips are all on offer.
There are seven Kruger Trails to choose from, and each one guides you through diverse and beautiful habitat from the iron-wood forests and hippo-dotted riverbanks of the Olifants Trail, to the “koppies” (rocky hills) and Marula trees of the Metsi-Metsi Trail.
These trails offer a new window into the park, so escape the crowds and see exceptional Kruger on a more intimate level. Most trails are 3 nights long, and accommodation is in basic A-frame huts. The walks depart twice a day from your base camp. This is a very affordable option for any walkers on a budget.
The northern-most section of Kruger – Pafuri – is arguably the most beautiful region in the entire park. This 3-night, privately-operated walking trail takes you from woodland and riverine forests, to mountains, floodplains and pans where animals and birdlife are in abundance.
It’s in Pafuri where you will find forests of towering fever trees, groves of ancient baobabs over 200 years old, and where the dramatic Lanner Gorge sinks into the ground below you as you sip on a cold gin and tonic as the sun sets behind you. This luxury walking trail will most definitely be the highlight of your South African safari!
In the wildlife-rich area of central Kruger, an intimate and luxurious colonial-style bush camp offers fantastic, exclusive, walking experiences. Your camp overlooks a large plain where a variety of general game as well as predators are spotted regularly, and the waterhole at the end of the pan is a popular drinking spot for elephants.
You’ll often encounter rhinos, elephants and lions on walking safaris in this area, so make sure you listen to every word and command from your expert and experienced ranger. This is a fantastic, active and immersive option to tag onto the end of your Kruger or South African safari.
On the dramatic and breath-taking Tsitsikamma coastline, on South Africa’s Garden Route, you’ll find the 3-night luxury (slack-packing) Dolphin Trail. The trail winds through various beautiful habitats including fynbos, indigenous forest, and rocky coastal beach. A less strenuous version of the Otter Trail, this trail is no less beautiful or memorable. Each night is spent in a different 4-star lodge with phenomenal views of the coastline or the area’s indigenous forests.