Mavela Walking Safaris

March 14, 2020

Walking safaris have become a new addition at Mavela Game Lodge, giving guests the opportunity to see the big five, on foot in the Manyoni Reserve. Adding a walking safari to your stay will allow you to get closer to nature and immerse yourself in an African safari experience like no other. Will you be joining our experienced trails guides on this exhilarating on-foot experience? Let us tell you a bit more of what it entails, and how you can add this activity to your next safari stay at Mavela.

Why go on a walking safari?

Walking safaris provide you with the opportunity to slow down and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature. You’ll be able to study the details of tracks left in the sand by passing animals, touch and feel the soft leaves of a Red Ivory or simply allow yourself to plod along in a meditative state to the melodic sounds of a Robin. A walking safari will let you appreciate nature, intimately, but also give you an opportunity to move your body - which we know after our delicious meals is a welcome change of pace!

How does a walking safari work?

Each walk will last around 3 hours, where either you will walk from the lodge or drive out into the bush and be dropped off on one point, and collected at another. This will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife in a unique way, while under the safe supervision of our highly trained trails guide. Our walks will usually depart in the early morning to catch the animals while it is cool and they are still active. And half way through the walk our guide will stop for a break, to give you the opportunity to relax in the shade of a Marula tree and engage with the wilderness.

If it’s your first time, and you would prefer a shorter walk through the bush, we will do our best to accommodate you with your unique needs. However, we can guarantee that after your first experience on foot, in the bush, you’ll want to stay out there, forever. 

What will I see on a walking safari? 

The Manyoni Reserve is home to the big five, so of course, there is also the thrill of coming into contact with one of the larger animals found on the reserve! There is an opportunity to see the members of the Big 5; lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and Elephant, as well as Cheetah and Wild Dog. The thrill of coming into contact with one of these animals is unlike anything else. Although they are not easy to find, the trail rangers will teach you how to analyse and examine the tracks and signs left behind by the animals. This type of tracking is an ancient technique that takes years to learn and really is an art. Being a part of this tracking experience is something incredible to witness. On a recent walking safari, our guide, Nico, was able to find a large White Rhino, which our guests were allowed to view safely from about 40 metres away!

Would you like to add a walking safari to your next stay with us? Get in contact with reservations to find out more about our Mavela walking safaris.

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