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“The wilderness isn’t where you get lost, it’s where you discover who you really are.”

~ Dr Steve Boyes, Nat Geo Explorer
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Big 5 Trails in South Africa

Join us for a safari on foot in the African bush. We offer multi-day backpacking and slack-packing trails in Big 5 reserves, where you can be fully immersed while our experienced guides teach you skills that enable safe, transformational experiences for modern people in the ancient African bushveld.

Wilderness Trails

As you spend more time on foot in the African bushveld, the deeper your connection becomes, so that you begin to sense, see and understand the wilderness from a different perspective – as a participant rather than a observer. It is time spent on the ground that counts when it comes to gaining experience, both for guides and regular trailists.

Walking Safari – Backpack or Slackpack?

By signing up for one of our multi-day backpacking or slack-packing trails, you embark on a journey into the natural world, where the human psyche originates from. Deep peace in nature, living on what we carry, seeking out places to sleep, water to drink and animals to encounter. Connection with our surroundings. By returning to who we are as primal beings, we discover who we really are.

Trails Guide Training

WildSide also offers FGASA-approved and Cathsseta-accredited training services for trails guides. Take your journey from FGASA Apprentice Filed Guide to Lead Trails with us. Visit the Training menu for more information.

See our 2024 for scheduled dates and availbility to join HERE

You can book these scheduled starts as an individual or group. Alternatively, request a quote for a private booking.

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Trail Enquiry

Are you interested in one of our Trails? Fill out this no-commitment form to request a spot.