Originating and cultivated in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley in the 60’s, the appeal of walking safari’s has recently grown in popularity across the African continent.
Walking safaris are far more than an activity, it is the most immediate way to awaken all of your senses and begin to use them to interpret, experience and immerse yourself in the natural world around you.
Europe doesn’t immediately appear to be the setting for a walking safari yet it holds areas not only of outstanding natural beauty, but also areas that exhibit intact ecosystems, centred around apex predators such as Wolves, Lynx, Bears and their herbivore prey interactions.
On this five day trip, Romania’s Southern Carpathian’s presents the perfect setting for walking safari guide Kristian de la Riva to take you on a journey to discover some of Europes wildlife treasures. Fresh from leading walking tours in Africa, Kristian will together with ESC bring the model of a walking safari to Europe.
With an emphasis on learning to interpret tracks and signs, trailing megafauna such as Bison and of course sleep outs and sundowners. This walking experience is one that will leave you wanting to head back out into nature as soon as its over.
The trip itself is based on walking within remote wilderness areas so a good level of fitness is required. Wild camping is also scheduled on the itinerary, however this is not a bushcraft experience.
"...rather an engagement with natures intricate networks and your own relationship to it."
- Kristian de la Riva
Before becoming a Wilderness Guide in South Africa I studied and worked in the field of Academic Fine Art. This special background was centred around questioning the world around you.
During my first walking safari experience I decided that 'This is what i want to do for the rest of my life’ and upon entering this new field of work I took with me the relentless mode of questioning that art had given me.
It fostered a deep interest in the intricate networks of nature, where species collaborate directly or indirectly to form diverse and dynamic ecosystems.
Such details are incredibly important, by learning to read, interpret and then understand these subtle signs we can begin to form a deeper connection to the natural world around us. This is a key element to being a Trails guide and one that I hope to translate through my guided tours.
I was born in the UK and trained in South Africa to become a Walking Trails Guide. I find it important to bring all the knowledge, skills and passion I acquired in Southern Africa here to my home continent of Europe to promote the natural diversity that I feel rivals any I have seen on my many solo expeditions around the globe.
Kristian de La Riva
Walking Safari Guide