Restless nomads and the walking safari

As winter comes to an end in the southern hemisphere, with pale bushveld sunsets feather-touching the wilder parts of our souls, Pulse Africa is still bringing Africa to your doorstep all manner of safaris and bush adventures alike.

A while ago, we were reminded by one of our own that the bush is a humbling place and we should not forget who this untamed wilderness actually belongs to. A chance encounter upon one particular rhino in the Lowveld area had guests scrambling up trees, while the guide fended off the mighty beast with his bare hands. Well, almost…

A few minutes later, said rhino carried on his merry way, the guide stood up and brushed himself off and promptly continued on his walk with his guests as if nothing untoward had happened.

A nomad: 

(Greek: νομάς, nomads, plural νομάδες, nomades; meaning one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe) is a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another.

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Image courtesy: Nomadesxnomades.com

Some of us would love to be eternal nomads; sadly our lifestyles don’t allow it. Pulse Africa offers you the next best thing: a wonderful adventure staying in luxury mobile safari tents that follow the herds of wildebeest as they travel along their migration routes through Tanzania and then further north into Kenya.

By contrast, relatively few people venture to Tanzania’s vast and remote western and southern locations. Raw and wild, southern Tanzania boasts some of the richest wildlife in East Africa. From the tented camps of Chada Katavi and Jongomero to the beautiful lodge, Sand Rivers Selous on the banks of the Rufiji, you can lose yourself far from the wilderness of addictions offered by civilisation.

Sandi Elkington, Pulse Africa’s East African expert, swears by it as a lifetime experience second to none. Katavi, Tanzania’s third largest national park provides the few intrepid souls who make it there with an exhilarating taste of Africa as it must have been 100 years ago.

With a truncated arm of the Rift Valley ending in the sombre expanse of Lake Rukwa, the bulk of Katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled Brachystegia (miombo) woodland, home to copious populations of antelope such as sable, roan and localised eland. The floodplains of the Katuma River boast a plethora of water birds as well as Tanzania’s densest concentration of hippo and crocodile; magnificent territorial displays of aggression among the male hippos will linger in your mind long after your departure.

During the dry season, an estimated 4,000 elephants converge here, together with several herds of 1,000+ buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.

Like true nomads, the team at Pulse Africa do not stop at just one destination. If it’s not the wild plains of Tanzania or the mighty Zambezi River, you’ll find us trekking the scenic arid landscapes of the austere Namib Desert.

The walking safari

This is as close to being a nomad that most westerners can get. For some, it evokes memories of days gone by spent in orange dust-covered tents with camp side fires and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Walking safaris were the original “safari” in Africa and remain the purest form of experiencing Africa, albeit minus the old suitcases and porters and a few more luxurious options when it comes to where to rest your head.

walking safari, South Africa

The basic idea of travelling on foot with a guide remains the same. I wonder how our safaris differ to those of old. Did these adventurers also have preconceived ideas of what they hoped to encounter along the way? Did they track the game as we do? Or was it a case of enjoying a walk in beautiful surroundings and if you happened upon a sighting along the way that was a bonus?

A destination that is still waiting to be discovered by many people and one that Pulse Africa is proud to know, Zambia prides itself as being the origin of the first walking safari experiences.

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Back in the days, an African safari was still a hunting experience and the thought of taking people to look at animals and photographing them rather than shooting them was still a distant reality.

Nowadays, a myriad of African adventures awaits the fervent traveller: tented camps; off-the-beaten-track destinations; luxury lodges; camps and mobile camps that follow the natural migration route of the wildebeest throughout the year; tiger fishing expeditions in the Okavango Delta; balloon safaris over the Maasai Mara plains; ancestral San Rock art sites… Africa has it all!

Just for you.

Allow Pulse Africa to help you plan your next safari and make another tick against your own bucket list.

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At Pulse Africa we are an experienced team of travel specialists, designing luxury holidays to Africa. We pride ourselves on our hands-on knowledge and ability to offer unique trips for leisure travellers, families, groups, incentives and special occasion celebrations to Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

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