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For those who seek a little more adventure in their sojourns and long to experience the vast skies, stunning scenery or gait of an elephant up close and personal, a walking safari will satisfy your appetite. So grab your best pair of Merrells, favorite camera lens and select from the following Frontiers favorites -- none will disappoint even the most adventure-seeking soul.


Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. As you stand at its snow-encrusted summit, you will be rewarded with unrestricted views in all directions and the exhilaration of having achieved a coveted goal. You've never climbed a mountain before but have always wanted to -- no problem. Mt. Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb but there are high altitudes and steep ascents which require that you are physically fit.

Gorilla Tracking

A gorilla tracking journey takes you to Uganda or Rwanda on an unforgettable expedition into the misty forests of Africa and gives you a privileged insight into the fascinating world of the great apes. Tracking the mountain gorilla requires patience and stamina, often walking for hours through dense vegetation. Finally meeting them in the undergrowth is an awe-inspiring experience.

John Stevens Walking Safaris

The most essential prerequisite for a successful trip to the African bushveld is an outstanding guide. John Stevens is a safari legend in the virtually undiscovered Mana Pools of Zimbabwe. The opportunity to safely track game on foot with a professional guide reveals aspects of a safari often not seen from a vehicle. You will be amazed at how large an elephant is when you see one with nothing between you and it but your guide and a few thorn bushes.

Selous Game Reserve

Walking in the Selous, in Tanzania, has more to do with state of mind than the state of your body. It's about an approach to game viewing; a receptiveness that's just hard to acquire in a vehicle. Since safari legend, Richard Bonham, first brought his infamous walking safaris to this authentic wilderness area in the 80's, the Selous has always been synonymous with being on foot. But, it's never about distance or "hiking." Time on foot is an opportunity to engage your senses and appreciate the magnificent landscapes, wild character and large populations of elephant, buffalo, lion and African wild dog prevalent in this private game reserve. Perfect for anyone over the age of 12 and with any endurance level, these walking safaris are designed to go at your own pace. A majority of the path is relatively flat with the occasional hill, perfect for viewing the wildlife.

Hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town combined with a Walking Tour in the Winelands

See Cape Town's Table Mountain from a fresh perspective by taking a hike up its eastern flank. This 5-6 hour moderate to strenuous hike is an ideal introduction to the flora and fauna found in the region. A lunch stop affords ample time to absorb the vistas of Table Bay and the city below before continuing your walk. The fit and energetic can choose to descend the mountain via the Platteklip Gorge path to Tafelberg Road. For a more moderate hike, continue to the Upper Cable Station and board the revolving cable car for a breathtaking mountain descent.

The Delvera Vineyard Trail is 3½ miles and takes roughly 2½ hours to complete. It summits Klapmutskop at 1,715 feet and offers panoramic views of the Winelands and Cape Town. The 2½-mile, 1½-hour Vineyard Walk remains in the vineyards. You'll enjoy beautiful views of the Winelands and get a closer look at the various red and white wine cultivars. Interpretive signage will help you distinguish between Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc! For bird enthusiasts, the ½-mile Bird Walk is a must.

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