Kruger National Park South Africa
A leopard at a Water hole in Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park - Kruger National Park Tours and Safaris

Transfrontier Walking Safaris

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For those who prefer to have a slightly different experience in the bush, a Walking Safari in one of the Private Reserves neighbouring the Kruger National Park, is highly recommended. What better way of experiencing the peace and beauty of the African bush? To sleep in a tent under the trees with only the canvas between you and the bush is an experience not easily forgotten.

Transfrontiers operates in the Greater Kruger Park, but the safaris themselves run to and from Johannesburg, as transfers are included in the package. You get to camp in the bush, away from the busier areas of the National Park itself.

The safaris appeal to all with an adventurous mind, keen on a learning experience. Every walk is different, and the emphasis is on information on the wonders of nature, big and small. Although there is no maximum age, the walks can last up to 4 hours and tracking might lead the trail through thick bush, riverbeds and gullies. Therefore an average fitness level is required, especially in the hotter summer months (November - March). With only 8 guests per trail, you are assured of a personalised experience.

There is a choice of safari, of either 5 days/ 4 nights (this itinerary runs every Monday to Friday), or the 4 day/ 3 night option, which runs every Friday to Monday. The safaris operate year-round.

The camps are unfenced and private. Each camp sleeps guests in large walk-in twin-bedded tents (linen is provided) with sown-in mosquito screens. Ablutions are separate, but close, with hot showers and flush toilets.

Although there is no electricity, there is solar lighting, candles, lanterns and a campfire to guide you around the camp at night. Meals are prepared in the kitchen tent and served in the dining tent.

Each safari is accompanied by one or two experienced and armed rangers and each camp is serviced by a Shangaan chef. The combination of walks and drives in the open 4x4 Land Rover are dependent on weather and animal movements and are conducted from camp in the early mornings, late afternoons and at night.

The safari is basic and designed to experience the bush the way one should: on foot. Although in Big Five areas, there are no guarantees on sightings – what you see is what you get – you are, however, guaranteed a real bush experience!

The safari prices are inclusive of transfers to and from Johannesburg and Pretoria (pick-up from your hotel, drop off at your hotel or OR Tambo (formerly Johannesburg) International Airport.

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Itinerary for the Walking Safaris

Monday – Friday (5 day Safari)
Friday – Monday (4 day Safari)
 
On the day of departure you will be collected from your hotel at first light (anything from 5 or 6 o’clock) and transferred to the reserve gate. The journey takes approximately 5 hours with stops along the way. You will meet your ranger at a quaint bush pub at the edge of the Reserve, where you will sign the indemnity forms and have lunch together. After lunch, you are transferred in open safari vehicles to one of the bush camps in the Greater Kruger National Park (Timbavati or Klaserie areas) making sure that you spend the maximum time out in the bush.

In the mornings set off at first light after a snack breakfast of rusks and coffee or tea. Enjoying the cool morning air you may walk directly from camp or else use a vehicle to get further out. Your ranger will decipher the tracks and signs left by the passing animals during the night. The thrill of walking, tracking and getting up close to one of the creatures of the bush is an unforgettable experience. On the walks there is a lot of emphasis on all things of interest in the busy, such as trees, plants, insects and birds. A big breakfast is prepared back in camp and then there is time to unwind and siesta during the heat of the day. After lunch is served it is time to head out again.

The afternoon activity is a walk/ drive combination, looking for tracks and activity in other areas. After the walk you drive to a beautiful spot in the Reserve, where you enjoy sundowners while waiting for the stunning African Sunset. As the diurnal animals and birds anxiously get ready for bed, the stage and sounds change and a whole new world awakens. Enjoy a spotlit drive back to camp, looking for the nocturnally active wildlife. Back in camp a hearty supper and a warm campfire will be waiting for you. After a long day in the bush there is nothing more rewarding then to sneak off to bed and listen to the sounds of the night under a blanket of the overwhelming African stars.

On the last day you will still go out for one last walk. Sniffing the typical scents of the bush you'll realize how much you've learned already! After breakfast it's time to pack up and go back to the bush pub. Then say your goodbyes before being transferred back to the city, where you will be returned to your Hotel, or OR Tambo International, by approximately 18.00.

Should you wish, you can also arrive/ depart via Eastgate Airport in Hazyview.

Included:
All meals and accommodation in the tented camps, all walks and drives.

Not included:
Drinks from the honesty bar in camp and the once-off payment of Conservation Levies for the Reserves (approximately Euro 20 per person)

Priced from Euro 430 per person for 4 days, and Euro 510 per person for 5 days.

Quick and Convenient

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(info@falconsafaris.com)