“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations which every traveller of feeling will experience” -William Burchell, Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa (1824)
Almost two centuries after these timeless words were written, they continue to ring true in their pertinence to describing the authentic safari experience.
The typical African safari as enjoyed from the back of a game-viewing vehicle ranging far and wide in response to game sightings called in by radio is an unforgettable VISUAL experience, with close-range wildlife photography made possible due to animals being accustomed to the sight of safari vehicles. However, today’s vehicle safaris on their own lack the element that made yesterday’s ‘true’ African safaris legendary, namely the unrivalled SENSUAL experience of exploring the wilderness on foot in the timeless tradition of the early African adventurers – the original, classic African walking safari.
On a combined walking & driving safari, not only will you get to SEE Africa’s magnificent landscapes and wildlife in all its natural glory from the comfort of a safari vehicle on game drives, you’ll also get to HEAR, FEEL, TASTE, SCENT and intimately SENSE what our earliest ancestors and later explorers experienced travelling on foot through these same wild places. Following the age-old elephant paths and long-lost ivory trails of South Africa’s Eastern Lowveld on a walking safari, you may find yourself sharing the trail with the ghosts of old hunters in search of Africa’s legendary tuskers, slave caravans heading for the coast with their pitiful booty and tribal warriors returning from distant raids, as you journey back in time to a distant age in pre-history when man was one with nature in this ancient cradle of humankind.
The unique adventure of a wilderness trail is a deeply spiritual journey that will forever change the way you view nature and how the authentic African safari truly should be experienced.