This is a showcase of the best walking safaris available in the Greater Kruger National Park. We are part of Kukummi Safaris, a specialist African Safari Tours company offering a wide range of self-drive and tailormade tours to South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar.
Walking Safari Guides
Every trail is led by highly experienced and qualified Wilderness Trails Guides, accredited by the Department of the Environment & Tourism (see our Hire a Safari Guide page for more on guiding qualifications in SA).
Generally speaking, our guests fall into one of two categories: The first are individuals, couples, or small family groups after an authentic wilderness experience close to nature. The second are special interest groups made up of corporate exectives on team-build or leadership development programs, groups of birders, botanists, or even Jungian psychologists intent on exploring the parallell inner and outer wildernesses of the human psyche and the African bush. Whatever your interest, we will find a scheduled trail or tailor-made walking safari to suit you, your particular interests and your budget.
All bookings are handled by our parent company, Kukummi Safaris, who are based in the Greater Kruger National Park at Phalaborwa to secure the lowest rates from the wide choice of walking safaris available. Very few people visit Africa to do a walking safari only, so, being a general African safari tour operator, Kukummi will put together your complete holiday package to incude all destinations in Africa.
What to expect on a Walking Safari
On a typical walking safari, you'll awake before dawn and set off at sunrise to explore the wilderness as part of a small group of guests (maximum of eight), led by qualified, armed and highly experienced guides. As they lead you meandering quietly through a pristine landscape of riverine woodland, mixed bushveld and open savannah at a relaxed pace with the breeze in your favour, the guides will pause now and again to read and interpret the dramatic stories of the previous nights’ life and death struggles written in sign and spoor along the game trails before you.
In heightened anticipation of encounters with Africa's wildlife - including the ‘Big 5' - you'll notice your senses becoming acutely alert to the the myriad sights, sounds and smells surrounding you. Learning about the wilderness and its ways, you will begin to see the interconnectedness of all things in nature and come to recognise the intricate web of life woven throughout her delicate and perfectly designed tapestry. Once you become more familiar with the wilderness, it ceases to be a scary, alien place and you will find yourself being gradually absorbed by it and becoming part of it, as the realisation dawns that humankind is one with Mother Nature - not above or superior to her.
Our primary focus is on delivering the SENSUAL experience of walking safaris in a way that holistically compliments the VISUAL experience of vehicle safaris. Not only will you get to view Africa's wildlife and landscapes from an open safari vehicle on morning/afternoon/evening/night drives, you'll also get to experience it up-close and personal during morning walks, or full-day walks through the wilderness.
When to Go
We operate all year round, with itineraries determined by the seasons and regions of Africa. To give you an idea, the following describes the Kruger Park (for other parts of Africa, please mail us with your enquiry to: Contact Us).
The cooler, dry, winter season (April to September) is the best time for full-day walking safaris. The hot, wet, summer season (October to March) is better suited to early morning walks and afternoon game drives.
Neither season is a better time than the other to visit the Kruger: In summer, the park is green and lush, alive with newborn young and throbbing with the calls of local and migratory birds from Central Africa, Europe and Eurasia. In winter, the park is cooler, drier and the vegetation is less dense, offering excellent game-viewing opportunities as the animals move around in search of water and grazing.
Typically, early morning SUMMER trails depart at sunrise and cover around 5km (3 miles) before a breakfast back at camp. The rest of the day is spent relaxing at the lodge pool, before the afternoon game drive with sundowner drinks and a night drive with spot-lights back to the lodge before dinner.
Our WINTER season trails follow the same itinerary (morning walks & afternoon game drives), with the added option of full-day walks made possible by the cooler weather. These walks cover between 10 and 20km (6 to 12 miles), depending on guest preference, with a cooked breakfast and a cold lunch served seated at a table in the bush in traditional safari style. Lunch is followed by a siesta before the late afternoon leg of the walk and an evening game drive back to camp in time for dinner. For further information on the different walks and camps available, please see the Trails & Lodges page.
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