Going on a Walking Safari: Everything you need to Know

I had never gone on a walking safari when I arrived at Naboisho Camp, but as an avid hiker, I was excited to get out of the safari truck and stretch my legs after nearly a week on my Kenya safari.

While I went on my walking safari in Kenya, these safety precautions, what to bring and expect are similar no matter where you go.

Going on a Walking Safari

Walking Safari Safety

No matter what kind of safari you go on it can be dangerous. The Big 5 are called such because they are the most dangerous animals to track and hunt. While you won’t be hunting on a walking safari those animals are still out there. Make no mistake these animals are deadly.

If I haven’t scared the sh*t out of you here are some important safety tips my amazing guide Albert gave me before heading out on our walking safari.

Listen to your Guide at all Times

Does this seem obvious? I hope so, but having traveled and lead groups all over the world I can tell you that many people do not listen even when safety is concerned. Listen to your guide, so you don’t die.

Walk in Single File

This might seem silly, but it makes perfect sense. Walking in single file allows the guide to be in front and have a wide range of view of the area in from of them. Albert also told me it makes it easier for him to take quick action in an emergency.

Read More: An Amazing Safari in Kenya

Don’t Touch Anything

Unless you know every little plant, insect, and animal keep your hands (and feet) off of it. While on our safari we came across a large ant hill that had a poisonous ant living in it. Albert told me if I had touch one of the ants I’d have to go to a hospital.

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What to Bring/Wear on a Walking Safari

Most walking safaris are for a short period of time, from an hour to a morning/afternoon. As such, you don’t need to bring that much with you. Your guide will have a backpack with emergency supplies, radio, first aid kit, and a most likely a rifle or other weapon.

walking safari

You should bring/wear:

  • Closed toed shoes, preferably boots.
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Binoculars (optional)

What expect on a Walking Safari

The best part about a walking safari is getting an even closer look at nature. From a safari truck you’ll see the really big animals , but you won’t see the flowers and small plants that dot the area. You won’t see the crazy looking insects the crawl on the ground or that tracks of the animals you love.

Before you leave your guide will giving you a safety briefing and rules you’ll need to follow while out in the bush. Like I said earlier, follow them!

Then you’ll just walk, following your guide as they lead you through the bush. Every walking safari is different as you never know what you’ll come across.

walking safari

I asked Albert a million questions and was so lucky to have a one on one walking safari. His love of the world around him was so evident, and I really enjoyed the stories he told me and the knowledge he shared. In another life, I was an outdoor educator and I felt like I was right back in that world exploring the tiny things most people overlook.

I’m still not sure if I was excited to see animals or not, but thankfully we only saw a herd of zebras and an elephant (I REALLY big one!) from pretty far away. No cats, which I was happy about because they’re pretty scary.

zebra out in the bush

One of the coolest things we saw was this animal skull! I love stuff like this and while we saw a bunch of them from the safari truck throughout the week seeing it up close was even better. It once belonged to a young cape buffalo.

animal skull

What really made my experience amazing though, was Albert. He knew everything, birds, flowers, animal tracks, insects, and trees. We even did a little photo shoot. Doesn’t he look like a boss?

walking safari

So if you’re thinking about going on a walking safari, DO IT! It added a whole new perspective to the way I saw the African bush, and I hope upon hope I can do it again!

Read More: What to Wear on Safari – A Packing List

Have you been on a walking safari? What did you see and discover? Let me know in the comments.

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