Kruger Wilderness Trails
Kruger Wilderness Trails can be experienced in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park Area. It showcases the best of South Africa’s wildlife and the Big 5, offering world class nature experiences. The proximity to nature and the unrivalled feeling of “being in the bush” is the consistent theme of the Kruger Widerness Trails. The discerning features of the authentic safari experience are exclusivity of game viewing and access to a knowledgeable guide and trackers.
Type Guided walk Location Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa Group size Minimum 4 and maximum of 8 Duration 4 nights Grading Easy Day Stages About 7 hours per day- walk and/or drive Distance Slow walking Terrain Bush Accommodation Dome style tents Meals Included Cost Available on request Dates Whole year
The emphasis of the trail is to spend time on foot in the Greater Kruger National Park, not only looking for the large mammals but also the smaller creatures. Your experienced trails guide will introduce you to aspects of the bush that are normally overlooked when driving around the Kruger Park. In keeping with the wilderness atmosphere, sites for the safari trail camps are carefully selected for their scenic beauty
The Kruger Lowveld area Kruger Lowveld is a region of superlatives. From the Great Escarpment’s scented forests and tumbling waterfalls, to the majestic Blyde River Canyon with its endless vistas over the Lowveld; from the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, where it abuts the rolling cane fields of the Onderberg, to Barberton, in the lea of some of the world’s oldest mountains and the memories of the thrilling Gold Rush that once took place here. Game Animals exposed, fabulous photos, wild walks and bright-plumed birds. South Africa is globally renowned for its phenomenal game viewing and sound conservation ethics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the iconic Kruger National Park, where 147 species of mammals – more than any other African wildlife area – exist alongside 517 bird species, 114 different types of reptile (there are 3 000 Nile crocodiles), 33 species of amphibian and 50 kinds of fish. Bordering the Kruger National Park are a number of private reserves- hundreds of thousands of hectares of conservation land adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with no fences in between and unlimited movement of game. The reserves showcase the best of South Africa’s wildlife and the Big 5. They offer the very best, authentic, close-up wildlife viewing and photography to be found anywhere on the African continent. Birds The Greater Kruger Park region has some of the most diverse habitats in South Africa and boasts an impressive bird list of close to 600 species. Birdwatchers can expect to see Kori Bustard, African Fish Eagle, etc. Accommodation Groups spend their nights in dome style tents. Ablution facilities comprise reed-walled showers and flush toilets. A covered lapa serves as a dining / socialising area where the campfire’s flickering shadows encourage stories of adventures in the African bush. Enjoy the Greater Kruger Park nightlife and dining experience Culture and history The Kruger Lowveld is also a place of historical and cultural significance. Iron Age trade routes and African traditions reach back across many centuries. Gold rushes at Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton were precursors to the discovery of gold in Johannesburg. Steeped in the history of traditional cultures, pioneers and fortune seekers, visitors will encounter a contemporary Lowveld culture with a wealth of stories that inspire the senses and connect them to the land and its people.
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60 000 ha. It forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. The reserve was established in 1969 and was officially proclaimed a nature reserve in 1972. Daily sunrise morning and afternoon walks or drives are combined with leisure time in the camp over the hottest time of the day. Three to four hours per walk, guided by two armed guides. The walks are slow, spending time tracking and viewing and learning about the bush. During daily walks you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of trees as well as many other smaller details of the bush that might fascinate you.
You will be accommodated in dome style tents
Rates & Tour info
Available on request
Accommodation in dome style tents, all meals, all guided safari activities, teas / coffees & snacks, transfers to and from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, transfer vehicle and entrance fees to reserve.
Items not mentioned above, eg: Transport to and from Hoedspruit, Medical & travel insurance, drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Overall rating: “Easy”. You do not need to be ultra-fit but if you should be able to walk between 10 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along paths, tracks and through the veld. See Walking grades for more details about “Easy” rating.
Your guidesAll walking trails are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will point out the wildlife, birds and ecology of the area. You will be allowed to walk at your own pace amid splendid scenery and stop and enjoy what is of interest to your group. Although you may see amazing things, our wilderness walk is not intended to bring you close to dangerous game.What to doYour Guide will discuss this in great detail. Some of the rules are :Always listen to the guideNever leave the groupSpeak softlyMake sure your guide knows your capabilitiesDo not go on a long walk if you are unfitThe guide’s responsibility on a walkWalk as fast as the slowest guestKeep count of all guestsBe armed and firearm trained (Two armed guides per walk)Water suppliesFirst aid kitRadio communication
The area affords you the opportunity of excellent game viewing in this diverse habitat of mountains and plains. More species of mammals than in any other African wildlife area
Tours to add to your trip
You can combine the Kruger Wilderness Trails with one or both of the following:
Kruger Park Safari, and
Alternatively you can add attractions in the vicinity to your program-before or after the safari. We can recommend a number of interesting options and can assist with bookings to compliment your Kruger Wilderness Trails. The costs of these options are available on request.
When to do the Kruger Wilderness Trails
Bookings can be made throughout the year.
Mild winters, with chilly evenings Summer months (September to April) are hot with occasional rains.
Getting to HoedspruitFor international visitors:Fly to OR Tambo International Airport. From there an internal flight to Hoedpruit or we can arrange a transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit or you can self-drive.Route from Johannesburg by car:Take R21 from OR Tambo International Airport, then N12, N4, R540, R36 en R527 to Hoedspruit (About 430 km- 4/5 hours) When we confirm your booking suggestions will be given about places to visit along the way from Johannesburg
What to take
Comfortable, well ventilated clothes in keeping with the season. Wear neutral colored clothing. Always bring a thick windbreaker/jacket, good walking boots (already worn-in), hiking sandals and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, personal first-aid kit, camera, binoculars. A torch and headlamp are important. Basic solar heating is provided. Cell phone charging facilities available.
We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Availability and booking
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