Gonarezhou Walking Safaris

 

CLOSE. TO. NATURE.

These three words sum up the experience of participating in one of our walking safaris which is an active adventure that takes our guests through some of the wildest, most rugged and scenically beautiful corners of Gonarezhou National Park.

 

The style of our operation is such that that we keep a low profile and our “leave no trace” philosophy ensures a minimal environmental footprint.

 

Owing to the nature of our walking safaris typically moving to a new location on a daily basis, we utilise a lightweight ‘fly camp’ that is cached ahead of us each day.

Note that fly camping has nothing to do with flying but rather takes its name from sleeping in the bush under nothing more than a flysheet, as was the camping tradition of a bygone era and before the advent of luxury ‘glamping’ became the norm of most safari experiences…

In our case, our fly camp uses tight mesh netted dome tents whose primary purpose is to provide a sealed cocoon which keeps out any creepy crawlies which might otherwise prevent a restful night. The green mesh makes them virtually transparent at night so once you’re snugly in your bed you’re given a front row view into the centre of the universe.

Our beds consist of comfortable bedrolls with 100% cotton linen, duvets and feather pillows. Ablution facilities are a simple affair and either consist of bathing in a river or having a bucket shower whilst toilets are shared short drops.

Breakfasts and dinners are usually had on camp stools whilst lunch almost always consists of a picnic out in the bush.

Active. Adventurous. Fun.

If you’re up for an active & adventurous and a private & exclusive holiday to a wilderness destination unspoiled by mass tourism, then you have come to the right place.

A typical day with us may include sneaking up to a herd of buffalo, tracking down a pride of lions, tasting the tart fruit of a baobab or beating a hasty retreat from a herd of advancing elephants.

The aim of our walking safaris is to provide one of the closest to nature experiences possible on the commercial safari circuit whilst not compromising on basic comforts or safety. To maximise guests’ enjoyment we operate our walking safaris fly camp (and Gonarezhou Bush Camp too for that matter) on an exclusive booking basis which means the only people you're likely to interact with are your travelling companions and our guides and crew.

Rather than walk with heavy backpacks, we prefer to have camp taken ahead of us and geocached at pre-arranged locations which allows us to walk between camps with a light day pack.

We take our time, looking at many of the smaller plants and animals as well as appreciating the larger ones. The distances and routes walked each day vary according to group dynamics and physical ability.

Usually we are up at first light and after having a light breakfast we set off on foot with a day pack containing lunch and sufficient water for the day. We tend to limit the majority of walking to the cooler hours of the day and normally plan to arrive in camp in camp in the mid to late afternoon thereby ensuring sufficient time to relax (and bathe) before sunset.

To maintain the expedition and wilderness feel, we prefer not to set up the camp ahead of guests arrival which requires guests to participate with setting up camp and gives a feeling of accomplishment. 

Much like Gonarezhou Bush Camp, we require a minimum of four people for a minimum stay of four nights to outfit one of our walking safaris and quite frankly a trip shorter than four nights is insufficient time to get into the rhythm of the bush.

Fast Facts

Maximum no of guests:

6 guests

Child policy:

Children aged 12 and over are welcome

Triples:

Not possible

Accommodation:

6 single/twin mosquito domes

Malaria area:

Yes - but risk is generally very low between April and November when we operate our safaris

Ablution facilities:

No ablution facilities are provided and washing is done in one of the rivers

Laundry:

Not possible

Distance between tents:

This is variable and depends on the location of the camp

Airstrip Co-ordinates:

hddd°mm’ss.s” S 21° 14’.51.4” E 031° 54’23.2”

Length/service of airstrip:

1100m which is long enough for a King Air 200

Power:

None

Guide accommodation:

Yes - we can accommodate one additional private escourting guide per group

Seasons:

We operate the camp from 1st April – 30th November

Communications:

We have a satellite phone in camp, vhf radios in our vehicles and portable vhf radios are taken on walks

Activities:

Walks, limited Game Drives, Fishing, Swimming