A walking safari offers a unique and rewarding authentic experience of the African bush.
Walking trails are limited to 8 guests guided by two armed rangers. The guides meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualification possible in South Africa. The guides will share their wealth of ‘bush culture’; the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folk lore and basic tracking & survival skills.
What makes the Kruger unique is that its biodiversity is unmatched, with 147 species of mammal, 492 of birds and 118 of reptiles, along with 628 types of trees, shrubs and grasses as well as thousands of insects. No other national park in the world can offer this.
Due to the range of walking safari options, ranging from a 3 night (minimum) to a 5 night trail. Go SAfari will send you an individual cost estimation for a walking safari to suit you. Make contact with us and we will respond soonest!
|Private Lodge Accommodation||Cost|
|Per person sharing, Fly In||ZAR 15 110.00|
|Per person sharing, Drive / Fly||ZAR 20 560.00|
Depart Johannesburg at 07h30 and travel east towards Belfast and Nelspruit. After a short refreshment break we drive down the Schoemanskloof mountain pass into the Lowveld and to the Capital of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. It is now only a forty minute drive to the Phabeni gate and we enter the Kruger National Park. Your safari stars now, as we drive to the camp which will take over an hour look for the many animals which make the Kruger Park home.
Arrive at the camp in the early afternoon. After enjoying a cold welcome drink on arrival, time to settle it to your room. Meet your ranger while enjoying snacks and sandwiches then late afternoon is "safari time" you board an open game tracking vehicle to explore the African Bush looking for some of the many species that make this area home. The ranger will point out and explain the many animals found, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to see the elusive cats.
Just before sunset the ranger will stop and sundowner drinks accompanied with tasty snacks are enjoyed in the bush. The drive back to the lodge will be a night drive using spot lights to look for the elusive nocturnal animals. Once back at the lodge meet fellow guests at the bar area for a pre-dinner dring and then dinner is served in a traditional "boma". After dinner get an early night to prepare for the next day’s walk.
Early wake up and cup of coffee before setting off on a trail to Plains Camp and arrive in time for a hearty brunch with your luggage ready and waiting in their luxury tent.
After brunch, the heat of the day will be spent at the camp, enjoying a rest or the plunge pool overlooking the plain & waterhole, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion.
High tea is followed by an afternoon walk and sundowners and then back to camp for a sumptuous (well-earned) dinner.
Another early wake up and cup of coffee before setting off on a trail and the guides will share their experience of the diverse areas situated within the proximity of the camp for two to three hours and then return to the camp in time for a hearty brunch After brunch, the heat of the day will be spent at the camp, enjoying a rest or the plunge pool overlooking the plain & waterhole, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion.
High tea is followed by an afternoon walk, after a comfortable walk arrive at the platforms in the early evening carrying a lightweight rucksack containing a change of clothes, a pillowcase, a sheet inner for the sleeping bag and refreshments. After hanging up mosquito nets, fly sheets (only if necessary) and preparing beds (yes! we do encourage our guests to be included in every aspect of this unique interactive experience of the bush) sundowners can be enjoyed on the platforms that also overlook a waterhole. While dinner is being prepared for our guests on an open fire, they will enjoy sounds and senses, heightened as they share the wilderness at night, while being safely guarded by our observant guides. The rumble of the elephant passing by or the roar of the lion at the nearby waterhole, are the only noises that might disturb guests in this peaceful wilderness.
Guests will enjoy a light snack after which they will depart back to the camp for a hearty brunch. After checking out we can start the long drive back to Johannesburg, or drive to a nearby game lodge for a night of luxury or we will take you to Skukuza airport for a flight to Johannesburg and then Cape Town.
Rhino Walking Safaris has exclusive use of the only officially designed wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park, covering 12 000ha of pristine bushveld untraversed by roads except for access. The concession has a 15km border with Mal Mala in the Sabi Sands private reserve and the game moves freely between the two reserves. This environmentally sensitive big five area is ideal for walking safaris offering a great diversity of fauna & flora.
After an introductory brief on the ‘do’s & don’ts’ of bush walking safaris, the guide will structure the trail taking into account the fitness level of the group and any special requests. Departures are before breakfast and again in the late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, with the average duration between 3 and 4 hours. Walks may be lengthened or shortened depending on the group’s desires and fitness levels.
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