Why Zimbabwe has Africa’s best walking safaris!
Zimbabwe is believed to have the hardest Professional Hunters and Guides examination in Africa. As a direct result of this rigorous testing, the country also boasts the continent’s best guides.
After passing a rigorous learner guide’s exam the learner safari guide has to spend a minimum of 2 years in the field under a professional guide mentor. They are then rigorously tested again in a week-long practical exam to earn their Professional Safari Guide License.
Thus before they even begin working alone guides gain extensive bush experience and walking experience.
This coupled with the wonderful walking territory and great animal numbers in Zimbabwe’s National Parks make sit a dream destination for a walking safari. Walking safaris are not just sightseeing tours of the bush. They invite you to get close to the small details and plants, to study the animal tracks, and listen at all times alert to the noises of the wild. Your guide will bring to life everything from termites and elephant dung to the habits of elephants themselves. Photographers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, botanists and any nature lover or active traveller will appreciate a walking safari.
There is none of the monotony of bouncing along on a game drive vehicle waiting to ‘spot’ something. You become a part of the landscape and intensely aware of all that is around you when amongst large game animals. A recent article I wrote on Zimbabwe’s first black professional guide Foster Siyawareva and walking with him in Mana Pools will give an idea of the experience’s thrills!
Walking is permitted in all of Zimbabwe’s wildlife areas, including its National Parks. As such many camps include walking as part of their activities. We recommend choosing a camp with a clear focus on walking if that will be a highlight for you and above all others recommend Mana Pools National Park for walking. Here the open environment lends good visibility, and walkers often get very close to big game.
Top 6 Walking Camps
- Goliath Safaris. Mana Pools National Park.
- Hwange Bush Camp. Hwange National Park.
- Little Makalolo Camp. Hwange National Park.
- Chikwenya Camp. Mana Pools National Park.
- Rhino Safari Camp. Matusadona National Park.
- Vundu Camp. Mana Pools National Park.
Tip: If you’re looking for a walking safari that lasts a couple of days, Natureways specialises in photographic and walking safaris in the Mana Pools wilderness area.