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Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast who has travelled solo for +35 years between Italy, Australia, South East Asia and more countries. Through her adventures and knowledge, she has been inspiring and helping women over 50 to travel solo and independently. Michela is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rocky Travel & Tours For Over 50.

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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    October 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

    100% onboard with a walking safari Michela. You noted; safe option by going with a skilled guide. Plus you see animals up close and personal, in a more natural, organic setting. I love it.

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    • rockytravel
      October 31, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

      Absolutely. As much as I love “walking alone” it’d be insane to go on a safari on your own or improvise. Going on a walking safari with a skilled guide is the only way to go, to be able to fully enjoy the experience.

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  2. Nathan Anderson
    October 27, 2018 @ 4:59 pm

    Great tips! I did one recently in the Okavango Delta, and the guide was imperative about the need to remain calm. “Never panic,” he told us. “Unless you see me panic. Then it’s too late, and you can panic.” Hilarious guy 😛

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    • rockytravel
      October 31, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

      Yes, walking safaris are pretty safe. But wildlife is unpredictable and you never know what’s going to happen. The higher the expertise of the tour guide and a tracker the fewer the chances of getting into one of those possibly dangerous situations. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  3. Marie-France @bigtravelnut
    October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Great article Michela! However my first and only walking safari experience wasn’t a good one. It was in Chitwan National Park (Nepal) and we went looking for rhinos … on foot! I didn’t know this would be part of the package. All we were told was “if a rhino charges, climb a tree”. I was terrified as I don’t know how to climb a tree! I spent the whole agonizing 2 hours hoping we wouldn’t come across any rhinos (we didn’t). Later on, at dusk, we drove around in an open-sided jeep and spotted one by the side of the road. Although we stopped to take photos, I must have been shaking because all my shots are blurry. 🙁

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    • rockytravel
      October 31, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

      Uhm, the approach of this tour guide does not sound professional to me. But you know, he might have been joking about it (?). Firstly they should have told you about the walking part in advance and also make sure that everyone is comfortable with that and explain how to behave in a possibly dangerous situation. To climb a tree if a rhino charges, it sounds hilarious and honestly who would be able to do that? As much as I loved climbing cherry trees, as a kid, I cannot think of myself climbing a tree while being chased by a rhino on a walking safari! 😀

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  4. Pat
    November 8, 2018 @ 5:45 am

    Your tips are so amazing with a lot of advice, Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Yesaya Jackson
    September 16, 2021 @ 7:01 am

    As a tour operator based in Tanzania and operate in Kenya also We would say Walking Safari is yet to be optimized by travelers and We think it is because of fear as a result if misinformation. Those who have tried walking safari have attested the natural scents and untamed soil aroma.

    Walking safari has proven to be the closest way possible to eco-travel as it is noise free, retain environment and keeps animals less disturbed compared to flights, vehicles and drones.

    If you are considering to travel to any African safari holiday consider a 2 days ranger support and camping in walking safari to make your holiday a more authentic trip.

    Thank you Michaela for justice you did to this article

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