Walking safaris: A trek on the wild side

Being on foot with an expert guide allows you to get the sensory experience and thrill of spending time with the animals, especially ‘Big 5’. PHOTO| ANDREAS FOX

What you need to know:

  • In many African countries, a walking safari must be led by a guide or scout armed with a rifle. While most incidents occur as a result of negligence or incitement, occasionally animals attack unprovoked.

  • Ultimately, the safety of clients is paramount, and so firearms-training forms part of many a course.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the wonders of Mashatu in eastern Botswana with a promise to follow up with a story on walking safaris. I am lucky to be back here for a few weeks helping run courses for prospective walking (trails) guides.

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