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Kruger walking safari

Kruger Wilderness Walking Safari


Balule Nature Reserve (Maseke), Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

from ZAR 7,780 / US$ 472 per person sharing

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Classic Safari

Mobile Safari

Kruger Wilderness Walking Safari

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Indication Price (from): ZAR 7,780 / US$ 472 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 3 nights / 4 days

Group Size: Up to 8 guests (4 tents)

Location: Balule Nature Reserve (Maseke), Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

Departure Dates: 1st April - 30th November 2020/2021, Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday. The trail is closed from 1 December to 31 March

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

This one-of-a-kind walking safari in the Big 5 Greater Kruger National Park is aimed at adventurous nature lovers who are keen to experience the bushveld beyond five star lodges and rim flow pools. While you are out each day enjoying the magnificent Kruger wilderness with your experienced professional guide and tracker team, the ground team is moving your camp to a new site – a new location for each of your 3 nights! Watch this video of our Kruger walking safaris and read this travel diary by our CEO who enjoyed this safari with our safari director.

The walking area is within a private 8,000 ha reserve that shares unfenced borders with the Kruger, making this an exclusive mobile camping and walking experience that you will surely remember for ever. Meals are sublime, with nutritious breakfasts at your campsite, a packed brunch in the bush, snacks and refreshments on arrival each afternoon at camp and hearty bushveld dinners by the fire. Evening game drives are offered, in addition to the walks. Your dome tents are kitted out with comfortable beds, fresh linen, blankets, pillows and solar-powered lanterns.  Each tent has en-suite bucket shower and chemical toilet facilities. There is a standing hand basin in front of each tent, with fresh hot water renewed twice a day or as required. The camp has a central mess tent for dining and an honesty bar with refreshing drinks on ice. Children 12 years and older are welcome.

This immersive walking safari will envelope you in the profound stillness of this vast and iconic wilderness area, broken only by nature’s soundtrack – rekindling your connection with Mother Nature and recharging your batteries.

Day 1 – Transfer to first overnight campsite, brief bush walk and game drive

If you are self driving, you will reach the Lamai Gate into Balule Nature Reserve on the Klaserie Road / R40 between the towns of Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, overlooking the Olifants River. At the gate you will be met by a member of the team before being escorted by a game viewer for the last short leg through the Maseke Game Reserve to Chacma Camp. Here you will have some time to refresh at the pool, enjoy a light lunch, and sign off indemnity forms before being transferred to your 1st base camp. If you require a transfer, a driver will pick you up at Hoedspruit Airport or Hoedspruit town and drive you to the same gate to meet a member of our team that will transfer you to Chacma Camp.

Day 2 – Full day walking trail and game drive

Wake up to coffee and a light breakfast of rusks, fruit and yoghurt before kitting up and departing the camp for a 3-4-hour walking trail through the bushveld.

Every safari walk is different and every step defines a different outcome. Remain open to the element of surprise, as the beauty of this adventure lies in never knowing what will happen next. Perhaps you will follow the roar of lions that you heard the previous night, or stumble upon the tracks of a rhino seeking a resting place in the shade, or identify the tell tale marks left behind by a leopard dragging its prey – this is all part of the Kruger experience.

Your guide will do his best to introduce you to all critters encountered along the way, from insects, birds and reptiles, to plants and majestic trees. Thanks to his encyclopaedic knowledge and passionate enthusiasm, it will soon become clear how everything – not just the Big Five – plays a vital role in the bushveld.

Late morning you will enjoy a packed brunch and a siesta in the shade before continuing with the afternoon walk of another 2-3 hours. In the late-afternoon you will arrive at your next camp for the night – perhaps alongside a sandy riverbed, the Olifants River or a huge dam – depending on the time of year and wildlife movements. Relax in camp and enjoy an afternoon snack before boarding the game viewer for a sunset game drive and sundowner drinks.

Your game vehicle will be equipped with a heavy duty spotlight in order to search for some of Africa’s more elusive nocturnal mammals. Aardvarks, bush babies, African civets and, of course, lions, leopards and hyenas all become active at this time of day, as they head out on territorial patrols, or in search of food.

On return to camp you will relax into a fireside dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Each day will be flexible according to what has already been seen, the areas walked, and your preferences.

Day 3 – Full day walking trail and game drive

Day 3 is a repeat of Day 2, with a different route and new campsite. Wake up to coffee and a light breakfast of rusks, fruit and yoghurt before kitting up and departing the camp for a 3-4-hour walking trail through the bushveld. Late morning you will enjoy a packed brunch and a siesta in the shade before continuing with the afternoon walk of another 2-3 hours. In the late-afternoon you will arrive at your next home for the night. Relax in camp and enjoy an afternoon snack before boarding the game viewer for a sunset game drive and sundowner drinks. On return to camp you will be able to relax and enjoy a fireside dinner, before succumbing to a well deserved rest, in your bed, and lulled by a plethora of soothing bushveld sounds.

Day 4 – Morning walk and transfer out of Balule Nature Reserve

Wake up to the sunrise on the Olifants River and enjoy a quick coffee before departing on a gentle walk, watching the hippos and crocodiles along the Olifants River. Return to camp and enjoy a large hearty breakfast.
There will be ample time to pack, shower, and exchange contact details with your fellow walking companions, as well as bid a fond farewell to your guide and the wonderful trackers and support staff that looked after you and moved your camp every day.

Thereafter you will be transferred back to Chacma Camp where your car is parked, or to meet your scheduled transfer ride to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa.

Indication Price (from): ZAR 7,780 / US$ 472 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relavant)

Departure Dates: 1st April - 30th November 2020/2021, Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday. The trail is closed from 1 December to 31 March

Africa Geographic offers arrangements from JNB and/or transfers from Hoedspruit.

2020 Rates
International clients ZAR 9,816 / US$ 596
SADC Residents ZAR 7,780 / US$ 472
With return transfers from Hoedspruit 1 person ZAR 12,806 / US$ 777
With return transfers from Hoedspruit 2 people ZAR 11,618 / US$ 705
With transfers and return flights (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit) 1 person ZAR 19,315 / US$ 1,172
With transfers and return flights (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit) 2 people ZAR 17,937 / US$ 1,088
2021 Rates
International clients ZAR 11,221 / US$ 681
SADC Residents ZAR 7,780 / US$ 472
With return transfers from Hoedspruit 1 person ZAR 14,211 / US$ 862
With return transfers from Hoedspruit 2 people ZAR 13,023 / US$ 790
With transfers and return flights (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit) 1 person ZAR 20,874 / US$ 1,267
With transfers and return flights (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit) 2 people ZAR 19,578 / US$ 1,188

Please enquire about our FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND GROUP SAFARIS: (Min age 12, Max group size 8).

No single supplement on accommodation, however, Africa Geographic Travel reserves the right to limit the number of singles.
Over 12 years full rate applies.

Pick up and drop off is scheduled to tie in with the Airlink flights into and out of Hoedspruit from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Pick up and End Point:

Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport

Lamai Gate (for self-drives only)

Guests who arrange their own transport, or are self-driving should aim to arrive at 12h30 at the Lamai gate. This gate is located 50 kms North of Hoedspruit on the Klaserie road towards Gravelotte or Phalaborwa. At the gate you will be met by a member of the team before being escorted by a game viewer for the last short leg through the Maseke Game Reserve to Chacma Camp where you car can be parked safely for the duration of your trail. Guests will be returned to their cars at 11h30 on departure day

Price Includes:
All pre-arranged meets and greets and required transfers. All accommodation, meals, local soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, teas and coffees, all activities and services described, camping fees, private campsites, medical evacuation insurance. All activities as specified in the itinerary. 24/7 office support. SATIB 24 Evacuation Cover.

Price Excludes:
International or domestic flights, visas or tourism levies to enter South Africa, Balule Conservancy Levy (ZAR 350 pp per stay) items of personal nature, telephone calls, laundry, travel and medical insurance, gratuities, excess baggage charges, or any activities not specified in the itinerary.

*Please note that the Maseke Balule Conservation levy of ZAR 350 per person per stay is payable direct at camp in cash or credit card. Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the camp.

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Additional Information

Climate: 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.

Difficulty: A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete two daily walks. Morning walks are typically 3-4 hours, whilst afternoon walks are generally 2-3 hours. Distances vary based on the terrain covered and species tracked. The terrain is fairly flat and non-demanding, however participants attending should be used to handle distances of 7-10 kms daily.

Accommodation: The mobile tented camp features an open kitchen, a mess area, a campfire hearth and a set of comfortable walk-in dome-style tents with canvas floors. All windows and entrances have mosquito gauze.

Beds have comfortable camping beds, mattresses and bedding. Your tent includes shelves/drawers for your clothes. Hot or cold water for your shower is provided on request. Showers are en-suite, and will be ready for you on your return from the safari walk. These are gravity showers with an easy to use shower head. Towels are supplied. Your en-suite area also includes a ‘bush toilet’ or ‘long drop’, with a comfortable seat.  Standing hand basins to wash you hand and faces will be set up outside your tent, and the water renewed every morning and afternoon with fresh hot water. At night the camp will be lit by solar powered lanterns, and one such lantern will be placed inside your tent.  All the mobile tented camp meals are cooked in camp by the resident chef. Comfortable camping chairs surrounding the campfire are an enticement to sit and relax, share, ponder and recount the daily experiences. You are also provided with insect repellent.

Meal plan: A light breakfast will be served each morning, prior to your departure on the morning walk. You will take with you a packed brunch to be enjoyed during or at the end of your morning walk. Snacks will be provided in the afternoon during your sundowner drive, and once back in camp after your afternoon walk, you will be served a 3-course dinner meal.

Game viewing vehicle: Game drives and local transfers are carried in custom made open game drive vehicles with a shade roof. Seating is provided in game viewing seats (not benches), and vehicles are equipped with long-range fuel tanks. Your game drive vehicle is always supplied with blankets and ponchos.

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

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 repellant, or any other personal items. Also bring seed garters or sock covers.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need to contact us for a booking formwhich will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

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