Experiences
Walking Safari

The aim of a walking safaris is to gain a holistic understanding of the bush, led by an armed and specially trained walking guide. The pace is relaxed and your guide will often pause to talk about trees and bushes and their traditional and medicinal uses, dung middens, animal spoor, anthills, termite mounds and more. Whereas a game drive is very much about “spotting” and the sharp-eyed will get lots of kudos, a bush walk uses and sharpens all five senses. Being on foot in the bush can be both grounding and thrilling at once, but always informative.

Without the hum of an engine, you will begin to notice all the sounds of the bush, from the serenading songbirds to the crackle of branches betraying elephants feeding in the distance. With our qualified walking guides, you will discover a sense of true connection with nature and you may even get the chance to view our larger game on foot. Encounters with large animals are always possible but the objective is to observe the wildlife from a safe distance, rather than walk toward big game.

Take it slow

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While the Big Five may grab the headlines, looking a little closer can reveal fascinating smaller creatures (including the less famous but equally fascinating ‘little five’).

Slowing things down to walking pace is all about smelling the roses – not literal roses ofcourse, we’re referring to using all five senses to truly get acquainted with the bush. It’s a chance to be initiated into traditional medicinal knowledge, develop the ability to identify different spoor, and learn which seeds and leaves come from which trees.

There’s naturally a scatological element to walking safaris, too – poop is a subject that seems to appeal to people of all ages, and its size and consistency can reveal a great deal about animals and birds of every kind.

To the accustomed eye, the bush reveals its many stories and secrets. Our trackers and rangers have many years’ experience in Timbavati, and seemingly uncanny abilities to not only find animals, but anticipate their next moves.

Their skills and knowledge mean that walking in Timbavati is as safe as it is intriguing. A bush walk provides an excellent counterpoint to a game drive – the pace is slower, and while approaching game closely isn’t the objective, opportunities to observe abound.

Complex enough to make a swiss watch mechanism look like child’s play

But absorbing enough to make you forget time altogether

Without the constant hum of an engine you will begin to notice all the sounds of the bush, from the serenading songbirds to the crackle of branches betraying elephants feeding in the distance. With our qualified walking guides, you will discover a sense of true connection with nature and you may even get the chance to view our larger game on foot.