Flexible Walking Safaris - Greater Kruger Ÿ Can be customised
~ Starts Johannesburg Ç -- days ,Ends Johannesburg
This safari is ideally 3 or 4 days and is 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, or the other guests in your party, you decide each day whether you’d prefer walking or a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Part of Greater Kruger, possibly the greatest nature conservancy on Earth, these tours take place in the uncrowded Timbavati Private Reserve.
* Greater Kruger Flexible Walking Safaris - 4 days Highlights
- ∞Superb game viewing area with excellent sightings possible
- ∞Flexibility for your daily game viewing - bush walk/game drive/combination
- ∞Guided bush walks are better in the cooler mornings
- ∞Game drives are better in the afternoons to avoid walking in the heat
- ∞Experience the best of both worlds for game viewing
- ∞Ideal if you’re unsure whether 3-4 days of pure bush walks would suit you
- ∞High staff/guest ratio ensures you can go as you please as much as possible
- ∞Extended guided bush walks for those who prefer to be on foot
- ∞The guided bush walks are led by proficient, armed head guides
- ∞Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles
- ∞Remote and rustic, unhurried and uncrowded
Accommodation is provided at modern, luxury bush tents or mobile tented camps with full bedding, portable toilets and hot water showers. 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 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 on very scenic routes.
On arrival at the lodge, you’ll be shown to your accommodation. Lunch is usually a leisurely affair with plenty of time to relax. You 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 by lamplight (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 &/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 game drive, which gives you 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.
If you prefer to do a bush walk (weather permitting), you’ll 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.
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 African wildlife 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; a time for pause in these spectacular surrounds.
Getting back onto the safari vehicles, you’ll have another chance of spotting those elusive nocturnal creatures – like spring hares, genets, nightjars, civets and owls – en-route back to the lodge.
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 &/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 you pack up and say your 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 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
- 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
- Flexibility is the key and they'll 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 a reasonable fitness level is required as each walk lasts 3-4 hours.
- ∞Accommodation in luxury en-suite safari units or mobile bush camps
- ∞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
- xRoad transfers from Johannesburg, Hoedspruit or Skukuza Airports
- xMeals not specified
- xReserve entry fees and car permits
- xDaily conservation fees
- xAll beverages
- xGratuities and items of a personal nature