The micro-ecosystems of Africa are often overshadowed by vast vistas of rolling savannah plains, volcanic landscapes, blue lakes, deep azure oceans, lush forests and other natural treasures you see during your action-adventure tour of Eastern and Southern Africa. Living within these tiny microcosms, though, are creatures that are delightful, eerie, engaging and fascinating. Although much smaller than terrestrial mammals that are seen during your game drives, these scampering, scuttling, fluttering, buzzing busy-bodies of insects, amphibians, reptiles and birdlife play a critical role in sustaining the larger habitats. The foliage in which they camouflage is also vital to the health of the broader ecosystem. Our Africa specialty single or multi-day camp to camp Walking Safari by African Savannah Trails in Zambia , Kenya and Tanzania at parks like South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Masai Mara, Laikipia-Lewa, Serengeti, Katavi, Ruaha and Selous allow you to authentically peer into these miniscule worlds to discover what occurs underfoot and along the trails. Your specialist armed guide expertly locates and describes each small insect, slithering snake, lanky lizard, animated butterfly, bold bird, lively primate, diminutive mammal and any other creature that you encounter including traversing larger herbivores like elephants, giraffes, buffalos to territorial predators like lions, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetahs and more. You also learn the names of plants and flowers, including how local tribes use flora for medicinal purposes. You study and investigate the earth for animal tracks, and learn ancient techniques for tracking fauna. Should you be lucky enough to come upon varied wildlife droppings, your guide quizzes and then enlightens you as to the species that produced it.
In Botswana, African Savannah Trails coined the phrase “Nature Walk On Water” for the Mokoro, a traditional cultural Batswana community dugout canoe look-alike in modern fiberglass as it glides the waterways of the Okavango Delta softly moving past the tall grass reeds and papyrus, home to the beautiful and tiny painted reed frogs. Arriving at a lush palm island, a creation of thousands of years of efforts by colossal termite activity – a historical and archaeological evidence at its finest by simply that gauge. Take a walk on the delta islands of the Moremi Game Reserve when staying at Xigera Camp and listen to the guide explain the formation of the termite mounds that acts as a landmark which in turn assists the local community of the Okavango to use it as a directional compass. You will be simply amazed at how much you overlook during your game drives! You may even spot more elusive and rare fauna like aardvark, civet, honey badger, pangolin, aardwolf hidden within the foliage during its daytime shelter. Our walking safaris vary in intensity, from leisurely morning walks to hikes along rocky trails. You can explore riverine forests, deserts, coastlines, woodlands, highlands and several other habitats. Guided walking safaris are not allowed in some national parks and reserves, but the private conservancies invite our guests to delve into these teeny little worlds. We can also arrange walking safaris to ancient ruins, waterfalls, volcanic craters, lakes, natural formations and other sites that pique your fondness, as well as any particular interests you have, such as birding and butterflies.