Your Game Guide leads you deep into the heart of the bush, carefully making your way through the lush vegetation, pointing out the many signs of wild, – spoor of a lion that passed here in the night, elephant tracks, a herd of 10 or more must have been just here, where are they now?
As you move on, you hear the crackle of leaves, and there they are…. grazing under a grove of sausage trees. You hang back, making sure the wind doesn’t bring the smell of you to them. Just watch……. See how they pull the bark from the tree, see the matriarchal mother lead the herd a little further, you creep slowly behind.
A wealth of information in the wild
Your guide tells you many stories of the ways of elephants in their natural environment. You walk a little closer, keeping low and out of sight. Suddenly one looks up…….sniffs the air with her long trunk, lets out a long eerie trumpet as she senses the presence of humans. They turn and disappear from sight in seconds.
Just then a troop of baboons appear, picking at the elephant dung for seeds. A flock of crowned cranes fly overhead and land at the edge of a nearby lagoon. A crocodile lunges from the water and sinks below. Two buffalo come down to drink, the crocodile emerges again and they’re off.
Most of the Game Lodges offer a Walking Safari option, taken either in the early morning or late afternoon. Refreshments are served along the way carried by an able porter. All you take is your binoculars and a sense of wonder.