By immersing you in the Botswana wilderness, a walking safari contributes to physical and mental wellbeing, which has become an understandable focus in responding to the anxieties surrounding the current global pandemic.
A true walking safari is a couple of days spent traversing the bush by day and camping under the African sky at night. Nevertheless, the concept has been adopted and used for guided walks that are just several hours long and cover a shorter distance or walks that are conducted between pre-erected camps.
No walking safari is the same as the one before it. Every destination has its own particularities in terrain, and every sunrise presents the opportunity to encounter different fauna and flora as you venture out into the bush on foot. Botswana is a celebrated walking safari destination that is complete with beautiful landscapes, fantastic biodiversity, and rich cultural heritage.
A walking safari will generally start before sunrise, as this is when wildlife is most active and visible, before the heat of the day kicks in. Before you head out, the guide leading the walking safari will brief the group on, among other things, how to behave when encountering animals on foot to ensure safety for all involved.
This is a special way to get to know some of Botswana’s spectacular remote areas, and a safari experience we would highly recommend for a handful of reasons:
Refresh and restore
When once a city-break and bush escape fared equally for travellers, choosing an outdoor adventure is more important now than ever. Getting off the beaten track and away from crowds is the safer and healthier option for a holiday.
And whether you choose a walking safari that takes several days or several hours, it is quite impossible not to fall in love with nature for its effortless beauty, invigorating and restorative qualities. Wide open spaces filled with greenery and wildlife, fresh air and views for miles are good for the mind, body and soul.
Reflect and reconnect
A walking safari is a fully immersive experience. Without any need for technological devices (apart from a camera perhaps), you can enjoy a digital detox, disconnecting from the outside world and reconnecting with yourself and your loved ones.
By venturing out on foot, a wilderness walking safari makes you step in time to nature’s beat, forcing you to slow down and reflect on what is most important in your life. It has the potential to be an incredibly meaningful and transformative holiday that allows for a positive shift in perspective.
We are so looking forward to arranging your next safari experience so contact us for more details. There are also amazing Botswana specials for residents on offer currently.
All images courtesy of Natural Selection in Botswana.