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How to prepare for a walking safari

by Lara Behrens
1st September 2016 Walking Safari
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If you want to get a real feel for the wilds of Africa, why not explore it on foot?
If you want to get a real feel for the wilds of Africa, why not explore it on foot?

For centuries, explorers from around the globe have ventured to Africa to experience first-hand the wonders of the diverse landscape, from lush river deltas to arid grasslands, not to mention the iconic wildlife for which the continent is so well known.

Amongst Bench Africa's wide range of Africa travel packages, we include walking safaris for those with an intrepid spirit and the desire to experience Africa in a very real, close up way. To help you prepare for your own exciting adventure, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Get your walk on

Whether you're looking for a gentle walk to take in the sights at a leisurely pace, or you're thirsting for a more adventurous, higher-energy experience, our walking safaris cater for a whole range of guests.

For example, the Makutsi Safari Springs Big 5 Walking Safari will see you head out on outings for up to 3-4 hours to see the best wildlife and natural beauty the Karongwe Private Game Reserve has to offer.

To get yourself prepped for your safari in the months leading up to your departure,  it is a good idea to start doing some gentle walking around your local area. Start slowly, and build up the duration of your outings as you feel comfortable. You don't need to be a pro-hiker to enjoy a walking safari, but acclimatising yourself to walking for extended periods can make your experience all the more enjoyable once you're there.

Breaking in your hiking boots 

For optimum comfort and support, we recommend investing in a good pair of hiking boots, if you don't have some already. Low-cut models, similar to running shoes, are generally easier to wear in, but don't provide the same type of ankle support as a high-cut, more traditional hiking boot.

A good outdoors store will be able to advise you on the 'breaking in' period for various shoes - full-grain leather, for example will require longer to break in - but as a general rule, leave yourself ample time to wear in your boots to ensure comfort on your walking safari. If you haven't got time to head out on long walks, try wearing your boots when you do grocery shopping, or walk around the house to get used to them.

Avoid white clothing 

When packing for your walking safari, it is best to avoid bringing white clothes for several reasons. Firstly, you'll find they dirty quickly. Secondly, you're less likely to blend into the natural surrounds in bright clothing, which could potentially alarm any game nearby, or even frighten them away.

Instead, stick to muted, more neutral colours such as beige, brown and khaki. Long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat are also vital for combating the African sun and ensuring your comfort on the walks.

If you're ready to book your place on one of our walking safaris, get in touch with the knowledgeable people at Bench Africa today.

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