As summer heats and rains abate in April, the peak walking season begins in the Lowveld. It promises to be a good one, as the prolific precipitation has given us brimming pans and dams. While the denser vegetation can make walks in some areas more challenging, guides know where to steer to more open terrain.

Autumn is also a lovely time for walks away from the Lowveld, including in Cape reserves. There, multi-day walks will run until the end of May, but day walks from lodges will continue through the winter months.

Part of the visitor influx to private walk operators is driven by attractive special rates this year for South African residents, with some offering over 50% off previous season prices.

Here’s a round up of some good deals, with the page number from Walking Safaris of South Africa indicated. We will keep this post updated as new offers come to market in 2021.

Walk OperatorPageSA Resident Special Offer
Rhino Ridge6340% off: from R4680 until 30 November 2021, walk included. Min 2 night stay.
Jocks111R4525 including walks
EcoTraining113EcoQuest course at R12,190 until end 2021
Pafuri Walking Safaris115R2440 until 30 September 2021. Min 2 night stay.
Pungwe125R1990 until 30 June 2021
Tanda Tula128R25500 for 6 adults, exclusive use Field Camp
Africa on Foot135R2500 for both Klaserie Camp and Wilderness Trails
Mtomeni137R700 (walks extra)
Legacy Hotels153From R2225 (walks extra)
!Xaus Lodge155R2500
Sanbona160Trails camp will reopen in October
Gondwana162Pioneer trail R8950 for 3 nights (September-May)
Shamwari172Explorer camp R3850 per night. Min 2 night stay.
Hlane177E790 for double cottages & walks included free (usually E120)
Mkhaya178From E1923 (min 6 in group), walks E415 pp
Mashatu180No SADC specials. $365 this season, $395 in 2022
All prices are Per Person Sharing Per Night except where noted.
Some offers are open to SADC area residents – enquire with operator.

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