WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE 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 to step out of the vehicle to walk, approach and observe high profile wildlife. 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. On a walking safari you’ll spend most of your time driving in an open safari vehicle only to step out when walking, approaching and observing high profile wildlife. The Walking Safari Guide and wildlife-observers will repeatedly step out of the open safari vehicle to walk, approach and observe high profile mammals listed as but not limited to;
- African Elephant – Loxodonta Africana
- Cape Buffalo – Syncerus caffer
- Lion – Panthera leo
- Leopard – Panthera pardus
- Cheetah – Acinonyx jubatus
- Hunting dog – Lycaon pictus
- Spotted hyena – Crocuta crocuta
1. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE ELEPHANT
2. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE BUFFALO
3. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE LION
4. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE LEOPARD
5. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE CHEETAH
6. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE PAINTED DOG
7. WALK, APPROACH AND OBSERVE THE LAUGHING HYENA
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 produce 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-glassing using optics 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.
Grid-glassing 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. Grid-glassing 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.
SAFETY DURING WILDLIFE-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 and that is – giving personal space to the mammal being observed, there is a survival distance known as 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 carries a heavy caliber firearm at all times and is a bolt-action rifle.
PACKING FOR A WILDLIFE-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, preferably Swarovski brand
- 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
- 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 and evenings
- Torch or headlamp
- Light reading material
ALL SAFARIS ARE SCHEDULED
2021 SET DEPARTURE DATES FOR THE 5 NIGHT SAFARI
CONSERVATION & LOCAL COMMUNITY!
Before we are wildlife-observers, we are wildlife conservationists. The reality is that wherever there is wildlife there is bound to be illegal attempts to slaughter the animals, therefore as a conservation tourism safari operator we use some proceeds from our bookings to protect wildlife and promote conservation. Wildlife-observers taking part in this walking safari feel a real sense of pride that they played a sustainable role in the conservation of wildlife and this makes their trip to Africa more meaningful. Using the tourism dollar from our bookings, we have been able to create the African Safari Walks Community Ploughback program. The Community Ploughback program is our conservation method which provides land tillage ox-drawn ploughs to local rural communities living nearby but outside Hwange National Park so that they can grow crops to eat, sell and sustain their families. Subsistence farming is the main economic activity for the rural folk. Through the Community Ploughback program, African Safari Walks is able to effectively communicate anti-poaching and wildlife conservation to the rural communities as the program seeks to demonstrate that conservation tourism is practically beneficial to the livelihoods in the nearby communities.