Explore the African bush on foot

Explore the African bush on foot

Your chances of spotting wild elephant, impala, giraffe and hippos in Africa are increased by tracking the animals on foot. The typical 4×4 trails are great for covering ground, but the noise often scares the beasts away before you arrive.

This new bush walking safari package, organised by the Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, allows guests the opportunity to get close to nature by exploring the terrain in a low-profile way.

The one or two night trip can be taken at the start or end of a stay at the luxurious Selous Safari Camp, which consists of thirteen en-suite thatched tents situated on the shores of Lake Nzerakera. Explorers leave the camp by boat and cross Lake Nzerakera to the satellite camp site, where they spend the nights in traditional canvas tents.

As the emphasis of the walking safari is on ecology, tracking, dung identification, medicinal uses of trees and birding, an expert guide is present to accompany the guests through the wilderness. By walking guests can spot wildlife – the reserve is home to over a million large animals and half of Tanzania’s elephant population – and landscape that is otherwise inaccessible. Guests can also choose to take the boat across the lake back to camp, with a chance to see the resident crocodiles and hippos.

The bush walking safari is available for a maximum of six adults (over 16’s only). It must be booked in advance and as part of a package through a tour operator.

Tanzania Odyssey (020 7471 8780; www.tanzaniaodyssey.com) is offering five nights at the Selous Safari Camp to include a one-night bush camping from ?2,750 per person (saving ?700 per person). Valid for departure between 1 July and 31 October 2011, the price includes flights from Heathrow with British Airways; accommodation on a full-board basis with daily game drives in open sided 4×4 vehicles, a one-night bush camp experience and boat safari; a walking guide and walking fees; park and concession fees; internal flights, taxes and surcharges.

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