WILDLIFE-OBSERVERS WALKING SAFARI IN ZIMBABWE
African Safari Walks guides avid wildlife-observers on a walking safari to methodically use optics and survey wildlife landscapes to find camouflaged birds and mammals to approach and observe the species creating an immersive close-encounter wildlife observation experience. Birds and mammals disguise their presence through disruptive or concealment coloration, which is a survival trait against their enemies to remain undetected and alive.
Optics give the bright and crisp image in our quest to immerse wildlife-observers into birds and mammals through observation. The Walking safari guide and wildlife-observers will repeatedly step out of the game-drive vehicle to walk into wildlife landscapes performing methodical grid-spotting using optics in order to locate the birds and mammals. Optics are an essential and integral component of this immersive wildlife observing walking safari therefore, wildlife-observers require optics that will deliver perfect image clarity and detail when spotting or observing birds and mammals.
STEP OUT OF THE SAFARI VEHICLE TO WALK AND APPROACH WILDLIFE ON FOOT
There are very few wildlife places on Earth where you can get truly close and observe birds and mammals on foot. Our wildlife-observers walking safaris allow you to experience the perfect combination of walking and daily game drives where each guest is guaranteed a window seat in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Our Walking safari guide is specially trained and licensed to take wildlife-observers beyond the constraints of the safari vehicle to safely lead them walking and approaching birds and mammals on foot for close-encounter observing. You’ll access areas that vehicles cannot, making unique sightings and capturing souvenir photos. During game drives your Walking safari guide is skilled at determining the best opportunities for walking excursions. When the moment is right, you’ll disembark from the safari vehicle with your experienced and armed Walking safari guide to begin approaching birds and mammals on foot. And the whole time, you’ll be discovering the astonishing challenges and intricacies of ecological balance, natural selection processes, and survival traits as top Walking Safari Guide & Wildlife Observer, Kaz Dube, brings to life the fascinating details of life in Hwange National Park and the unique and clever tricks each species utilizes to ensure its continued success.
Grid-spotting is a methodical use of optics mounted on a lightweight tripod to survey wildlife landscapes to spot the inconspicuous birds and mammals before walking and approaching these magnificent animals creating a close-encounter observation experience. Each avid wildlife-observer participating in this immersive walking safari must bring a pair of the 8×42 optics-binoculars, birding spotting scope and a lightweight tripod, this is used during the planned 15-minute grid-spotting phases conducted in alternate intervals with walking excursions. Grid-spotting is carried-out from various vantage positions during the walking excursions and focuses on locating birds and high profile mammal species such as elephant, buffalo, roan, sable, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, caracal, serval – the list is endless.
After grid-spotting the landscape and locating a bird or mammal specie, the Walking safari guide will lead wildlife-observers on a walking and approaching excursion towards the spotted bird or mammal specie thereby creating a close-encounter observation experience. The pair of 8×42 optics-binoculars is strapped to the chest while the birding spotting scope is always mounted to a tripod.
Wildlife-observers are encouraged to consider having a Canon’s 7D Mark II fast-shooting camera with Canon’s rugged, compact EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, and you’ve got a cutting-edge combo guaranteed to produce high-calibre souvenir photographs of mammals and birds.
SAFETY DURING AN OBSERVERS WALKING SAFARI
The one frequently asked question about walking safaris is, How safe is it? African Safari Walks’ experienced expert in guiding and conducting walking safaris Kaz Dube addresses the matter of safety by applying one fundamental practice when observing wildlife on foot which is – give personal space to the mammal being observed, there is a survival distance of personal space that wildlife being observed instinctively requires to remain calm and continue to behave undisturbed and undeterred. This distance for personal space varies on every species and circumstance. Fear of people leads to escape more often than confrontation when people break that personal space distance. The Walking Safari Guide is Armed with a Rifle at all times as a precaution.
PACKING FOR AN OBSERVERS WALKING SAFARI
Prepare to enjoy your walking safari by packing the following in your safari kit:
- Pair of 8×42 optics-binoculars with chest straps, used for close-encounter observation
- A 20-60×80 Birding spotting scope
- Lightweight tripod for mounting the 8×42 optics or the birding spotting scope
- Lightweight and breathable clothes you can layer. Avoid white or bright colors. Instead, choose neutral or earth tones like khaki. You may like to pack at least one set of safari clothes in your carry-on bag
- Canon’s 7D Mark II fast-shooting camera with Canon’s rugged, compact EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens
- Wide brim sunhat
- Well-worn comfortable walking shoes (running or tennis shoes are fine) and comfortable socks
- Shoes or sandals to wear around camp
- Suncream and insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin
- Personal toiletries, personal medications, and basic first aid
- Small bag or backpack (to keep your essentials together on game-drives or walks)
- Warm jacket for cool mornings
- Torch or headlamp
- Light reading material
Booking the wildlife-observers walking safari is an effort to conserve wildlife and makes your trip to Africa meaningful. Using the tourism dollar from our safari guests, we have been able to create the African Safari Walks Community Ploughback program. The ASW Community Ploughback program provides land tillage ox-drawn ploughs to local communities living nearby but outside Hwange National Park so that they can grow crops for eating and selling to sustain their families. Through the ASW Community Ploughback program, African Safari Walks is able to effectively communicate anti-poaching and wildlife conservation to local communities because the program demonstrates that conservation tourism is practically beneficial to the livelihoods in the nearby communities.
AFRICAN SAFARI WALKS SAFARIS ARE SET-DATE DEPARTURES
2021 SET DEPARTURE DATES
BOOK A DIRECT FLIGHT TO JOHANNESBURG AND THEN CONNECT TO VICTORIA FALLS
African Safari Walks guide will meet You at Victoria Falls International Airport
African Safari Walks presents a lifetime wildlife experience!
Spaces are limited. A minimum of two guests and a maximum of six guests are required for the safari to run.