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    African Safari Walks operate private group tours that are fully inclusive and personalized for you, your families or friends.
    Our luxury six (6) bed tented camp is used exclusively by one group, the six (6) seater open sided 4x4 safari vehicle, our staff and an experienced Professional safari guide are dedicated to providing our private guests with a safari experience that will make memories of a lifetime.
    A private group tour with African Safari Walks runs with a minimum of four (4) or a maximum of six (6) guests staying for a minimum of four (4) nights. African Safari Walks conducts walking safari experiences in Hwange National Park which is located 200 kilometers south of the world renowned Victoria Falls here in Zimbabwe, Africa.

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  1. SOUTHERN EXPLORER SAFARI MAJOR WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS: elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lions, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, roan, gemsbok AREA: Kennedy pans to Ngwehla pan, Hwange National Park CAMPSITE(S): Kennedy 2 ACCOMMODATION: EXPLORER CAMP - offers full board safari cuisine, crisp linen, each guest tent has an alfresco en-suite bathroom featuring a shower bucket and a ceramic flush toilet ACTIVITIES: predominantly guided safari walks and some game drives TERMS: minimum 4, maximum 6 guests DURATION: minimum 4 nights STATUS: private tour ACCESS: 230 kilometers by road from Victoria Falls www.africansafariwalks.co.zw safaris@africansafariwalks.co.zw
  2. We run private group tours that are fully inclusive and personalized for you, your families or friends. Our luxury six (6) bed tented camp is used exclusively by one group, the six (6) seater open sided 4x4 safari vehicle, our staff and an experienced Professional safari guide are dedicated to providing our private guests with a safari experience that will make memories of a lifetime. A private group tour with African Safari Walks runs with a minimum of four (4) or a maximum of six (6) guests staying for a minimum of four (4) nights. African Safari Walks conducts walking safari experiences in Hwange National Park which is located 200 kilometers south of the world renowned Victoria Falls here in Zimbabwe, Africa. Hwange National Park is a natural environment covering about 14 000 square kilometers of savanna woodland and features 100 different species of mammals with over 400 species of birds. The flagship mammals are elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog just to name a few. Some well known bird species in Hwange National Park include Ostriches, Cranes, Bastards, Korhaans, Secretarybirds, Eagles, Vultures and plenty more.The thrill, magic and enjoyment of African wildlife is contained in walking safari experiences. All our safari walks are tied to a safari vehicle, this means the guide and guests set off from the tented camp on a game drive vehicle driving through the natural environment before repeatedly stopping in different suitable wildlife areas to start walking. The guide and guests return to the vehicle at the end of the safari walks before driving back to the tented camp.
  3. African Safari Walks subscribes to the notion of watching wild animals from a position that maintains personal space between the wild animal(s) in sight and people on foot; this is my standard operational procedure to ensure safety for everyone on the walk. Secondly, I also subscribe to the notion of approaching and viewing the wild animals and then extracting “undetected”. I refer to the “remaining undetected technique” the “golden rule” because I aspire to show people the animals’ natural behavior, a very important aspect of my guiding. Exposing oneself and others to the wild animal very often alters and influences the wild animal to behave otherwise for example; the animal may stop feeding, resting or worse - flee. This deprives the guests from watching animals yawning, play fighting, scent marking, courting, mating just to illustrate a few behavioral actions that could be observed. Therefore my philosophy is that while intending to approach and view animals on foot, it is necessary to first establish and adhere to the wild animal personal space and strive to remain unnoticed. And from experience, as a guide I have learnt and mastered the general comfort zones/personal spaces of the different wild animals in different situations. It is a personal choice which is not perfect but it gives me satisfaction and results. However, the alertness/survival instinct of the wild animals does not always allow me to achieve this: staying hidden. The lion photograph is proof of this. The great thing about this lion photo and situation is that I was positioned in its comfort zone and he was not fazed when he saw us and the guest took the picture. Personal space in this context of the human and wildlife interaction refers to the distance preferred by the wild animal to remain comfortable in the presence of people. Often the wild animals though comfortable with humans positioned from a comfort zone area, may not give away their behavior which is instrumental in watching wild animals as I believe. They appear alerted and not wanting to carry on as normal. I salute your love and passion for walking safaris. I believe your point, but I have a different style just like everyone else. In a nutshell - I have drilled myself to avoid confrontation by watching animals from their a position of their comfort zone, eliminating the element of surprise and at the same time remain undetected so the animal showcases their natural behavior which is the gold I am after and my “golden rule” seeks to achieve this. I hope this answers the question.
  4. NEW PRODUCT! NEW PRODUCT! NEW PRODUCT! www.africansafariwalks.com HWANGE NATIONAL PARK Hwange National Park is located in western Zimbabwe about 190km from its main entrance gate, south of the iconic Victoria Falls and covers an area of over 14 000 square kilometers of savanna woodland. Hwange National Park offers an all round wildlife experience due to its diverse animal species and plant life. There are 100 species of mammals of which 27 species are carnivores and, over 400 species of birds. The wildlife diversity in Hwange National Park makes the walking safari experience to be one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. Being the largest natural wildlife environment in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is divided into three administrative regions for conservation management purposes. The regions are Main Camp Area, Sinamatella Area and Robins Area. African Safari Walks conducts walking safaris in two regions about 80 kilometers apart, the areas are Main Camp & Sinamatella. AFRICAN SAFARI WALKS CONDUCTS 3 TYPES OF WALKING SAFARIS IN HWANGE NATIONAL PARK: FOOTSTEPS ACROSS MAIN CAMP AREA FOOTSTEPS ACROSS SINAMATELLA AREA FOOTSTEPS ACROSS MAIN CAMP & SINAMATELLA AREAS WALKING SAFARI REFERENCE TERMS: Guided wildlife viewing and photographing safari walks combined with game-drives Fully serviced rustic luxury camping accommodation Limited to 1 group of either 4, 5 or 6 guests per trip Age limit is at least 16 years and above Minimum stay is 3-nights FAST FACTS ABOUT ONE OF OUR 3 TYPES OF WALKING SAFARIS 1. FOOTSTEPS ACROSS MAIN CAMP AREA IN HWANGE NATIONAL PARK DESTINATION LOCATION: This safari experience is taken in the wildlife rich Main Camp region/area in southern Hwange National Park; the guests and their guide stay in camping accommodation at a designated exclusive campsite inside the National Park. The areas to be traversed during the safari include the famous and wildlife populated Kennedy pans, Ngwehla pan, Mbiza pan and more. TOPOGRAPHY / LANDSCAPE: Savanna woodland (pod-bearing plants) Broadleaf type tree species(miombo) are dominant Acacia, Mopane & Termilia tree species are frequent Open grasslands. vleis and drainage lines Kalahari sandveld depressions Deep Kalahari sand soils, arid and flat landscape with rising slopes Scattered natural water pans are the only source of water, there are no large rivers WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS: (100 mammal species & 400 bird species) CARNIVORES / PREDATORS: Lion, leopard, cheetah and small cats Spotted and brown hyenas Painted dogs, bat-eared fox and other types of dog HERBIVORES: Elephant (massive parades) Buffalo (huge herds) Giraffe, eland, zebra, roan, sable, wildebeest, gemsbok, kudu, tsessebe, hartebeest, impala, reedbuck and more. ACTIVITIES / EXCURSIONS: Combination of walking and game-drives for wildlife viewing and interpretation of animal behavior Bird watching and stargazing Wildlife photography ACCOMMODATION: Fully serviced camping accommodation at a designated campsite inside Hwange National Park.CATERING: Camp catering team provides three freshly cooked wholesome meals a day Our catering team also serves snacks, fruits, teas, plunger coffees, drinking water, juices, mineral water, beers and local wines MINIMUM STAY: 3 nights GUESTS: Limited to 1 group of 4, 5 or 6 people AGE LIMIT: 16 years and above TRAVEL SEASON: April 1 to December 15 April : end of rainfall season(mild to warm temperatures) May to July: dry winter months (low temperatures, frost expected) August to November: dry summer months (hot temperatures) December: beginning of rainfall season (hot temperatures, mild temperatures expected after rains. SAFARI BEGINS & ENDS AT: Victoria Falls TRANSFER LOGISTICS: Vehicle or Light aircraft ROAD TRANSFERS: Part 1 - Victoria Falls to Main Camp gate: 190km on tar road Part 2 - Main camp gate to Safari campsite: +/- 50km on dirt road Part 3 - Safari Campsite to Main Camp gate: +/- 50km on dirt road Part 4 - Main Camp gate to Victoria Falls: 190km on tar road FLIGHT TRANSFERS: Charter plane to land at nearest Airstrip inside the National Park and will be advised on a case by case basis.
  5. UNDERSTANDING WALKING SAFARIS (Series Article by African Safari Walks Director, Kaz Dube) www.africansafariwalks.com What is a safari? A safari is a journey taken specifically to see, enjoy and or photograph African wildlife in its natural environment. Therefore a safari guide with African Safari Walks conducts wildlife viewing activities on foot and from a vehicle in a wildlife environment becoming a link between wildlife and guests on safari, sharing meaningful interpretation of wildlife in a simple and entertaining manner as well as exposing safari guests to quality wildlife photographic opportunities with the safety of people from confrontational wild animals being a priority. 1. Wild animals: (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and many more) The question is simple, what is a wild animal? I will leave this question for all to define. However one thing is certain, people enjoy and are fascinated by wild animals and their characteristics hence the existence of global safari travel, a bucketlist experience for many. 2. People on foot: During all wildlife walking safaris in a big five African environment, people on safari must subject themselves to meeting, viewing or photographing animals in their own terms. The golden rule in viewing animals on foot is for people to remain undetected, the reason is simple – so that the animal in sight does not flee and remains undisturbed. When animals identify a human being on foot, they signal the existence of their own terms and conditions for this existing temporary human and wild animal interaction. The signal may be sound or gesture. A good safari guide can interpret the terms and communicate them to the guests thereby enjoying the continual view of the animal. Animal terms and conditions refer to the observation of the animal's personal space. 3. Enjoying a safari walk: The essence of walking in the bush is such that it is a sensory activity that allows people to view wild animals respectfully close, coming face to face with nature as if part of it. A good quality safari guide to conduct a safari walk is a must, the guide interprets nature and leads guests away from confrontational animals. A guest partaking in a safari walk must bring binoculars; binoculars on safari are essential and indispensable as they elevate the viewing of animals. A camera is required to record the memorable events. Written by Kaz Dube, Director, Professional Safari Guide & Founder of African Safari Walks Attached lion photo was taken on foot while I was guiding a walking safari by one of my guests' Sue Weterings from New Zealand,

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