• Guided walking safaris in greater kruger south africa

Trails - 4 Day Wilderness Walking Trails

This is one for the adventurers and nature lovers who are looking for a walking safari experience like no other. Wilderness Trails is designed to offer 3 nights camping in a Greater Kruger Game Reserve, each night in a different location. Each day is spent walking through the 8000 hectare reserve in the Greater Kruger Park, and each night is spent at a new, fully set up mobile campsite in a scenic location in the wilderness. A maximum of 8 guests (sleeping in 4 tents) are taken on the Kruger walking adventure of a lifetime. A professional trained guide and tracker team will lead an informative, thrilling, and unforgettable walk in the wild. While guests are out exploring the Kruger on foot, a ground team will be taking down the first camp and setting up the next one in a new location. A packed brunch will be enjoyed in the bush, while snacks and refreshments will be on offer upon arrival at camp. Evening game drives complete the experience, before campfire dinners and bed in a canvas dome tent.

Recent Review by Jeanne Joubert, group of six, May 2018
Rating - 5* excellent
Description - wonderful
Pros - Enjoyable, Great accommodation, Great experience, Well organized
Best uses - Relaxation, Educational
Recommend- Yes
Comments:
The hike of ± 37 km in the Greater Kruger Park was really well organized. Camping in three different beautiful locations along the route; encountering different animals like elephants, white rhino and many other types; learning about tracks, birds made it all worthwhile. The food was excellent and the company supplied everything from drinks, snacks. We really only had to carry a day pack for camera and binoculars. Can recommend this “luxury” hike.

AT A GLANCE

• Exclusive mobile safari in a Greater Kruger Game Reserve

• 3 Nights camping in different locations, each day walking new ground

• 8000 Hectares of free-roaming Kruger traverse from mountainous terrain to the Olifants River

• Canvas dome tents (each sleeping 2 people), individial bucket showers and chemical toilets

• Morning and afternoon walking trails, with brunch and siesta in the bush

• Evening game drives with sundowners

• New campsite in a new location, set up prior to arrival, every afternoon

• Professional Trails Guide and Tracker conduct two walking trails per day

• Morning walk 3-4 hours, afternoon walk 2-3 hours, arrive at camp +-15h00

• Environmentally friendly, pack up and go safari  camping experience

**Trails start weekly on Mondays or Thursdays only

Facilities and Itinerary

General Information

FACILITIES

• 4 Canvas dome tents each sleeping 2 people on swags/mattresses

• En suite bucket showers and chemical toilet facilities

• Standing hand basins renewed each morning and afternoon with warm water

• Central mess tent for kitchen and dining

• Campfire in the evenings

• Solar powered lanterns in the camp and one supplied per tent

• Light breakfast in the morning before departure, packed brunch to be enjoyed in the bush, snacks provided in the afternoon before 3-course dinner at night

• Game viewer for evening safaris and transfers in and out of the reserve

ACTIVITIES

• Full-day guided walking safaris in the Greater Kruger – 3-4 hour morning walk, brunch in the bush, followed by 2-3 hour afternoon walk wilderness trails

• Evening game drives in the 8000 hectare

• Birdwatching

• Stargazing

 

A TYPICAL DAY AT WILDERNESS TRAILS

Departure times for walking safaris depends on the weather and seasons. Summer time walks will depart earlier, while winter time departures will be later. A general summary of a day’s activity is as follows:

05h30 – Wake up to coffee and rusks, and kit up in walking gear

06h30 – Depart camp for 3-4 hour walking trail

10h30 – Stop for brunch and a siesta in the bush

12h30 – Continue on walking trail to next camp site

15h00 – Arrive at new camp site, enjoy a refreshment and some snacks while settling in

16h30 – Depart on evening game drive

19h00 – Return to camp, enjoy refreshments around the fire before dinner is served

 

LOCATION

Wilderness Trails is located in the Greater Kruger, situated between Hoedpsruit and Phalaborwa in Limpopo Province. It is an 8000 hectare private game reserve, which shares open borders with the Kruger National Park. The Olifants River courses through the reserve, while prominent mountainous ridges and boulder koppies characterise the terrain, making it an incredibly diverse and interesting region to explore on foot.

 

Child Policy

Children 12 years and older are welcome to join

 

Wilderness Trails Rates Include

Accommodation; private chef; professional trailsguide and tracker; all food and snacks, full day walking safari and evening game drive; transfers between Three Bridges and the camp.

Rates Exclude

All soft drinks and alcoholic drinks and extra activities are excluded.

 

GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

Weather

The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November - February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours. The average maximum temperatures range from 24°C in July to 31°C in January with the average minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C.

Wildlife

Mammals

Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park and surrounding private game reserves. Game drives lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker, and wilderness trails steenbok, while nyala are frequent visitors to the camp itself.

Predators

Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet, honey badger, among others.

Birdlife

The Kruger habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.

Malaria

Before travelling, guests are encouraged to consult their local doctors on anti-malarial medication and preparation, however a repellent stick or spray is effective and should be utilised.

What to pack

Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short and long sleeves. Walking safaris will require good walking shoes, long trousers, and a suitable backpack to carry water and sun block, among other essentials. Guests should pack sun protection in the form of sun block, sun hats, and glasses, while scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for evening game drives during winter months.

Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings. All camping gear will be provided, but guests should bring along a torch, insect repellent, or any other personal items that might be of interest in a camping environment.