This flexible walking safari is ideally 3 or 4 days and offers a combination of guided bush walks and game drives, giving you greater flexibility to choose your preferred game viewing activity day by day, depending on your group's preferences. Our guided walking safaris take place within the Greater Kruger Park, possibly the greatest nature conservancy on Earth.
- Superb game viewing area with excellent sightings
- Combination of bush walks and game drives
- Guided bush walks are preferable in the mornings when it's cool
- Game drives are better in the afternoons to avoid walking in the heat
- Flexible itinerary based on the group's preferences
- Tracking animals on foot - from a safe distance
- Emphasis on authentic, immersive bush experience
- The guided bush walks are led by proficient, armed nature guides
- Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles
- We work with a selection of lodges that offer walking safaris
A walking safari in the African bush is the ultimate safari experience, and one of the most thrilling ways to get close to nature. Absorb the scents and sounds of the bush, track wild animals on foot, learn to read the "veld" like a book, and notice the smaller wonders of the wild that you'll miss on a game drive.
But there is a trade off. Animals tend to run away from humans on foot, so game viewing is somewhat compromised on a walking safari. You won't get as close to the bigger animals as you do in a vehicle.
The solution we recommend is a flexible walking safari that combines guided bush walks with open vehicle game drives, so you get the best of both worlds. We offer this product in more than one location, as we partner with several different lodges that focus on walking safaris as a key activity.
Accommodation is in modern, luxury safari units. All meals are provided, except on travelling days. Armed and experienced guides share their profound knowledge and love of the bushveld with you, explaining the habitats and habits of all the creatures who live and thrive here.
The following outline serves as a guideline only and activities may differ depending on the choice of lodge. Sometimes, activity plans change last-minute depending on the weather or local conditions.
Road transfers or car hire will be arranged for you from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or from Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport or Skukuza Airport inside Kruger National Park. All transfers are along very scenic routes.
On arrival at the lodge, you’ll be shown to your accommodation before enjoying a leisurely lunch. We generally set out on an afternoon game drive between 15:30 - 16:00, returning after dark with spotlights to try and spot the shy, nocturnal species.
A delicious, hearty dinner is served under the stars (weather permitting) in an open-air boma; it's the perfect time to chat about the day’s highlights and plan tomorrow's choice of activities.
Days 2 and/or 3
Waking to the sounds of the African bush, your ranger or lodge manager will chat to you about what you’d prefer to do; for example, bush walk or game drive or a combination of both. They’ll also be able to give you suggestions based on the weather, animal movements and so on.
Heading out early after coffee/tea and rusks (a type of biscuit), you may opt for a morning walk (weather permitting). To start our walk we may head out directly from camp, or be dropped off by vehicle further out to explore different areas. This is an up-close-and-personal way to explore and experience the bush. Your ranger will help you decode tracks and signs showing which animals have recently passed by.
There’s a thrill to being out in the open and getting up close to animals while being accompanied by a knowledgeable ranger. It’s an excellent and exciting way to learn more about wildlife and its myriad elements: animals, plants, trees, insects, birds, and so much more.
The group may also decide to do a morning game drive, which gives us the option to cover more ground quicker and have the chance of spotting more game.
You’ll have every chance to see some of the larger plains game like elephant and buffalo in their herds, endangered rhino, spectacular big cats and, on occasion, a pack of African wild dogs, also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted wolves. If you’re lucky, you may even come across a kill which may have happened shortly before sunrise.
You’ll return to the lodge for a hearty brunch and then it’s time to relax and perhaps siesta during the heat of the day or cool off in the inviting pool.
After lunch, it’s time to head out again, on foot or by vehicle, to see what else the African bush has in store for you …
By then, it’s cooler and the animals are more active. Once again, towards sunset, your ranger will stop at a scenic spot for sundowners and to salute the end of another day; it's a time for pause, to absorb these spectacular surrounds.
Getting back onto the safari vehicles, you’ll have another chance of spotting those elusive nocturnal creatures on the way back to the lodge – like spring hares, genets, nightjars, civets and owls, or perhaps some of the larger predators like hyenas, lions or leopards.
After a sumptuous dinner, enjoy some quiet time with the sounds of the bush beneath the starry African skies or chat to your guides and fellow guests about the day's sightings and plans for the next day's activities.
Day 3 and/or 4
Setting out at sunrise for your final guided game activity, you’ll get a sense of how much you’ve learned, experienced and absorbed about the African bush and wildlife in this short space of time. Then it's back to the lodge for a final brunch before it's time to pack up and say our reluctant goodbyes.
You’ll then be transferred back to the gate/meeting point for your transfer to the closest airport or back to Johannesburg (generally arriving between 17:00 and 18:00).
MORE ON GAME VIEWING ACTIVITIES
- You'll be accompanied by expert and qualified armed rangers on all guided activities which take place twice daily: every morning at sunrise and again mid- to late-afternoon
- You have a say in guided activities as this is a flexible tour and there's no rigid agenda - but the wishes of the entire group have to be kept in mind as it is not always possible for half the group to do walking and the other half driving.
- These experienced guides will use their extensive know-how (weather, movement of game, etc) to suggest activities, taking into account your interests and fitness levels and plan the day's activities accordingly
- Both the guided bush walks and game drives are about 3-4 hours long
- Generally, people prefer to do game drives in the late afternoon as it's much hotter
- Guided walks are preferred in the mornings when it's cooler
- Good shoes and a reasonable level of walking fitness is required. People with limited mobility may find a safari with mainly game drives a better option.
- Flexibility is the key and the lodge will go the extra mile to ensure you have the most enjoyable safari experience
Note: A minimum age of 12 applies for all guided game walks. There is no maximum age limit but guests 65 years and older may need to bring a medical certificate declaring them fit.
Customize this trip idea
This is a travel idea, not a fixed itinerary. We recommend 2-3 nights for this walking safari, but you can spend more nights if you prefer. You can also combine this itinerary with other safaris or other destinations.
The cost will depend on the choice of lodge and length of stay, but the estimate below is based on a 2 Night 3 Day Walking Safari, including return road transfers from Johannesburg.
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Because this type of walking safari can be done at different locations, this approximate rate is intended as a guideline only and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals, walking safaris and game drives, but excludes flights and visas. Your final quoted rate may differ depending on date of travel, choice of lodge, and mode of transport to the lodge.
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- Two nights accommodation in luxury en-suite safari units
- Early morning coffee/tea & eats; brunch; high tea; dinner; game drive snacks.
- 2 guided game activities daily
- Flexibility for a daily mix of game walks and/or drives
- Expert and knowledgeable armed ranger/guides
- Return road transfers from Johannesburg
- Reserve entry fees
- Daily conservation fees
- All beverages
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
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