TRAVEL NEWS - A walking safari in the Kruger National Park is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have! There is just something spectacular about having your feet on the ground that wild animals walk on.
Walking safaris offer an opportunity to better understand the different ecosystems that support the wildlife that inhabit this region, exploring the various flora and smaller fascinating creatures that are found in the bushveld.
Being a Big 5 game reserve, the Kruger has strict rules in place when it comes to walking safaris and usually form part of the experience at lodges within the private unfenced reserves surrounding the Kruger.
The big game in these areas have become more accustomed to the presence of vehicles and humans, understanding that they pose no threat to them and thus affording the opportunity to get really close. Walking safaris heighten each of your senses in the most beautiful way.
Walking safaris in the Kruger are led by armed rangers and generally take place after a morning game drive and breakfast. The mornings and evenings are ideal for game viewing, with the cooler weather conditions favorable to animal activity and a more comfortable time to go walking for two to three hours. You are expected to walk in single file and not talk, especially at sightings. The ranger will also teach you important hand signals that he will use during the walk to ensure the safety of the group.
One cannot guarantee what will be seen on a walking safari in the Kruger but it is likely to encounter rhino, elephant, giraffe, various antelope and a wide range of smaller species that one generally misses on game drives. It is not uncommon to come across predators but your ranger will always keep a safe distance.
The rangers are incredibly knowledgeable and will happily point out plants and trees that have medicinal properties, teach you about animal tracking, explain the significance of little creatures such as dung beetles and termites, and provide you with plenty of photographic opportunities. Walking safaris in the Kruger allow you to slow down the pace considerably and appreciate animals both big and small.
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