Walking Safaris in Africa
"You do not know a country until you have walked it" - Norman Carr
In the words of Norman Carr, the founder of walking safaris - you do not know a place until you’ve walked it. Walking safaris are, for many that regularly return to Africa, the ultimate way to experience the bush. Countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe tend to steal the limelight for their walking itineraries, as they have become famed by their guiding quality. That said, those travelling to East Africa are showing more interest in walking safaris, and all for the right reasons.
You could argue that ultimate walking safari in East Africa is gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Hiking through this incredible forest in search of a family of endangered mountain gorillas is a walking safari like no other, and as the gorillas have become so used to the presence of humans and the guides are so experienced in tracking them, the ultimate goal of seeing the primates is almost always achieved on a daily basis.
This is not always the case for walking safaris in Tanzania and Kenya, as the game is unpredictable and is not always guaranteed. One of the main attractions of a walking safari is learning about the environment you are walking through and tracing the small tracks, footprints and finer details of animals. Whilst some national parks are restricted to game drives only, there are a few destinations we would specifically recommend for walking safaris in East Africa. These include the Laikipia Plateau, Amboseli and the Greater Mara Conservancies in Kenya; and the Selous Game Reserve, Tarangire National Park, and the Ngorongoro Highlands in Tanzania. Please see our specific walking safari destination pages below.