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Five Active African Getaways for Travelers Looking to Explore on Foot


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Five Active African Getaways for Travelers Looking to Explore on Foot

By Shivani Vora / The New York Times / July 20, 2018

“If you’re looking to experience the natural beauty and wildlife many African nations have to offer, but get up close and personal, these getaways are great options.

Why take a traditional vacation to Africa when you can discover your destination by walking and hiking? There are several new options in many African countries for travelers interested in an active trip. Even better, most are available any time of the year and don’t require physical training.

Walk for Wildlife in the Serengeti
Mark Thornton Safaris offers four- to 10-day private walking wildlife excursions in Serengeti National Park. Visitors stay in environmentally sensitive mobile camps and penetrate deep into roadless parts of the park, areas replete with wildlife. Expect to see lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo, and don’t worry, your guides are armed and trained to protect guests (and to avoid harming wildlife) in case anything goes wrong. The amount of time you walk daily is tailored to your specific needs and can vary from between two to eight hours.

The company’s owner, Mark Thornton, said that walking to see big game is a thrill-filled experience. “There’s nothing like encountering animals by foot,” he said. “Your senses are engaged in a completely different way than the usual game drive safari.” Bookings begin at $800 a person a day and include accommodations, meals, activities and transportation around the park....”

Hikers pause to observe a group of zebra on a hiking tour of the Serengeti National Park. Photo Credit: Mark Thornton Safaris