Bush Walking

Is the most authentic and unforgettable way to get in touch with Africa. Being freed from the confinement of the safari car and led by a top-trained, knowledgeable and friendly guide, there is now better way to awaken your senses. The sights and sounds of the bush and the wildlife you encounter make for wonderful stories to share over a Sundowner. You can walk from point to point sleeping on the way in comfortable safari tents or lodges or take walks into the wilderness from a ‘base camp’ at a scenic spot. Walking through the bush with only the bare minimum and a tent without fly-sheet (meaning you sleep under the stars, protected by a mosquito net) is called fly-camping. This is probably our favorable way to have a pure and intensive bush experience. If you want to engrave the African wilderness onto your soul, kindly drop us a line . Below you find our preferred destinations for guided walking.

Selous Game Reserve

Fly-camping is the walking variant of choice in the largest protected area in Africa. It is possible to start from a number of luxury camps and lodges in Selous. The walks usually take a couple of days and you you really should not expect more than the bare minimum: a tent, a top-notch guide, table & chairs, food, water and porters. At night the light of the stars and the sounds of the bush will create a most memorable environment for a good sleep in the bush.

Ngorongoro Highland

Real Masai country. You walk with a ranger and your luggage is carried by donkeys part of the way. In between we make some distance with the 4×4. The path leads you from the famous Ngorongoro crater to the volcanoes Olmoti and Empakai, some remote Masai villages and finally the largest refuge of the lesser Flamingo on earth: Lake Natron. From here you can either continue on 4×4 safari or add some more walking days byhiking down to the short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti. This is especially recommendable when the famous wildebeest migration is there in January and February.

Tarangire National Park

Although generally forbidden, some camps are allowed to conduct walks in the park. It takes place mostly in the Southern areas of the park near the Silale Swamps. In the dry season you will be amazed by the density of wildlife. Encounters with Elephants are virtually guaranteed. You can walk for a couple of hours or do multi-day bush walks with fly-camping. The latter will take you into the more remote corners of the park and is for adventurous guests.

Mara & Northern Kenya

Walking is prohibited in most of Kenya’s national parks and reserves; driving is often the only option. So bush walks and walking safaris are not widely available. However, walking safaris are increasingly offered in many of the (relatively new) wildlife conservancies as well as on some of the older, established private ranches. Some of the best places which do bush walks and /or multi-day fly-camping are Naboisho, Laikipia and Samburu. The latter offers also a great one week walking and learning experience with the Samburu people which is grat for kids. In Laikipia we offer also a great experience for families: walking for a couple of days with camels.

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