Any chance to feel the bush underfoot is worth grabbing, wherever you are planning your safari. Afterwards, a game drive will seem like watching animals on TV.
Easy does it: the pace and agenda of a walking safari are generally relaxed, without goal or destination; the idea is just to get out in the bush and see what you can find. You will start out in the cool of the early morning – also the best time for finding tracks – and be back in camp or taking a break at midday.
Keep it natural: dress for comfort and camouflage – lightweight, breathable longs in neutral colours are best. (Shorts can mean ticks and thorns; whites and brights give you away.) Avoid artificial scents. Sturdy trainers are fine for most terrain. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, camera, water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.
Do as you’re told: most destinations use two guides, one works as the tracker while the other is the group leader. Usually at least one will be armed. Groups are no larger than eight; the smaller the better. Your guide will brief you before setting out. Rules generally boil down to doing exactly what he or she says at all times; this may sometimes involve standing still, in defiance of what your legs are telling you.