Africa on Foot Wilderness 3 night Walking Safari

AFRICA ON FOOT WILDERNESS WALKING TRAILS
Unique 3 night walking safari experiences
in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger

Africa on Foot Wilderness Trails is a one-of-a-kind mobile safari experience in South Africa. This is one is for the adventurers and nature lovers who are looking for a walking safari experience like no other. A sister camp to Klaserie’s Africa on Foot, Wilderness Trails is designed to offer 3 nights camping in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve, each night in a different location.

Each day is spent walking through the 8000 hectare reserve in the Greater Kruger Park, and each night is spent at a new, fully set up mobile campsite in a scenic location. A maximum of 8 guests (sleeping in 4 tents) are taken on the Kruger walking adventure of a lifetime, with plenty of stops en route. A professional Africa on Foot trained guide and tracker team will lead an informative, thrilling, and unforgettable walk in the wild.

Africa on Foot Wilderness Trails is located in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, situated between Hoedpsruit and Phalaborwa in Limpopo Province. It is an 8000 hectare private game reserve, which shares open borders with the Kruger National Park.

The Olifants River courses through the reserve, while prominent mountainous ridges and boulder koppies characterise the terrain, making it an incredibly diverse and interesting region to explore on foot.

The Maseke Balule Game Reserve has a high concentration of elephant, and is also home to the big 5, a wealth of birdlife, predators and mammals. Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet, honey badger, among others. Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park and surrounding private game reserves. Game drives lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker, and steenbok, while nyala are frequent visitors to the camp itself.

The Kruger habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.

The camp is easily accessible for fly-ins and self-drivers, with the closest airports being Hoedspruit (most popular) and Phalaborwa. Scheduled road transfers can be arranged from O.R Tambo international airport to the Three Bridges restaurant where a transfer to camp can be arranged.

After an adventurous day of walking, guests return to classic safari style dome tents with comfortable beds, a carpeted floor and private bathroom facilities. Accommodation is in true camping style with Africa on Foot Wilderness Trails. You’re on the move all day, and turn in to a classic dome-style safari tent, pitched on the ground, and equipped with comfortable swags/mattresses and suitable bed linen. Zip in and out of these two-sleeper tents and enjoy the sounds of the wild around you. The campsites are entirely mobile, leaving no trace behind each day when the location is changed. The ground team will break down the tents and pitch the camp in the day’s new location, so that when guests arrive after an adrenalin-fuelled day in the bush, their tents, bush bathrooms, and bucket showers are ready and waiting.

The idea behind this eco-trails experience is for guests to discover details of the Kruger Park on a far more intimate level, and to learn from the experts as you tread carefully among the wildlife. The environment is completely cared for through the eco-friendly and low impact nature of the campsites. Experience dinners at the table under the stars, evening drinks around the campfire and nights spent in private dome tents in a variety of scenic locations. This is a mobile safari camp; meaning nothing in the camp structure is permanent. It is designed to be set up and broken down with ease and having as little impact on the environment as possible. The dome tents are pitched on the ground and a temporary fire pit is dug on arrival, and covered up prior to departure.

There is also a ‘mess tent’, which is a canvas construction to house the kitchen, food prep, and washing up facilities. This is where the private chef will work to prepare those fire-cooked meals you will enjoy under the stars in the evening. A dining table is set every evening, and in the mornings to offer up coffee and rusks before departure. The camp is an intimate setup, designed for the group to socialise around the fire in the evenings, and enjoy the natural ambience of the bush.

FEATURES AND FACILITIES
• 4 Canvas dome tents each sleeping 2 people on swags/mattresses
• En suite bucket showers and chemical toilet facilities
• Standing hand basins renewed each morning and afternoon with warm water
• Central mess tent for kitchen and dining
• Campfire in the evenings
• Solar powered lanterns in the camp and one supplied per tent
• Light breakfast in the morning before departure, packed brunch to be enjoyed in the bush, snacks provided in the afternoon before 3-course dinner at night
• Game viewer for evening safaris and transfers in and out of the reserve

SAFARI
Your 3 day trail will cover a diverse landscape dotted with hills, waterholes and rocky terrain – plenty of scope to view of a variety of game! Walkers will traverse a unique landscape in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve, comprising rocky terrain dotted with waterholes and low-lying woodlands. The walks are at an easy pace and you will stop en route for refreshments.

The below is what you can expect during your 3 day trail:
• 3 Nights camping in different locations, each day walking new ground.
• A new campsite in a new location, set up prior to arrival, every afternoon.
• 8000 Hectares of free-roaming Kruger traverse from mountainous terrain to Olifants River.
• Professional Trails Guide and Tracker conduct two walking trails per day.
• Morning walk 3-4 hours, afternoon walk 2-3 hours, arrive at camp +-15h00
• Environmentally friendly, pack up and go safari camping experience.
• Nights are spent in the comfort of a classic safari-style dome tent with private facilities.

DAILY SCHEDULE
Departure times for walking safaris depends on the weather and seasons. Summer time walks will depart earlier, while winter time departures will be later.

A general summary of a day’s activity is as follows:
• 05h30 – Wake up to coffee and rusks, and kit up in walking gear.
• Start walk. 09h00 – Rest stop and breakfast. Continue with walk.
• 12h00 – Drive to next camp, where lunch will be served. Settle into camp life.
• 15h00 – The afternoon activity will be discussed – it will either be another walking expedition, game drive or combination of both. This will be dependent on the weather and group dynamics.
• 19h00 – Return to camp, enjoy refreshments. Evenings are spent around the campfire and dinners are served at a safari dining table.

WHEN TO GO
A walking safari in the wild Kruger Park is best enjoyed during the cooler months of the year. Summer, which peaks between November and February, is a high rainfall season with temperatures that soar into the 40s (degrees Celsius). The bush becomes very thick, while the terrain is very wet and muddy, so these months are not advisable for walking trails.

Around May, the temperatures begin to drop and the rainfall usually subsides, leading up to perfect walking trail conditions. The months between May and October offer fantastic walking and camping conditions, with the nighttime temperatures sinking to about 12 degrees in June/July and day time temperatures rising to a mild +-23 degrees.

WHAT TO PACK
Essentials for a Kruger walking trail safari start with shoes and sun protection. A good pair of walking shoes, preferrably ones that cover the ankle, are essential, as are sun hats and lightweight outdoor wear. Long trousers and shirts are ideal, while short sleeves are also suitable.

A rucksack or slack pack should be used to carry water, sun block, and any personal items one might need, while the guide will carry food, as well as a medical aid pack in case of injury. Pack a torch, or any other camping accessories you might deem handy or necessary for the trip.

Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings. There are many bird and wildlife books on offer at the lodge, making for interesting reading, but guests should specific books and games for entertainment.

WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a safari adventure for those who like to get involved with nature, discover the beautiful details of the bush, encounter wildlife on foot, and put in a little strenuous work when it comes to walking. Each day involves about 6 hours on foot (breaking in the middle of the day for lunch), and each afternoon includes a sunset game drive.

Expect to be blown away by how close you will feel to Mother Nature and all the fascinating aspects of the wild Kruger. Discover the intricate details about how ecosystems work, the roles of various insects, plants, and of course, the big game.

This is the adventure of a lifetime for those who want to get to know the Kruger soil, and camp beneath the stars. This could be considered ‘roughing it’, as there are no luxurious elements to the camp, but it is nothing less than comfortable, and designed to focus on the wilderness.

BEGIN AND END POINTS
Lamai Gate. Guests should aim to arrive at 12h30 to the Lamai Gate. Guests will be dropped off at 11h30 on departure.

 

SADC DISCOUNTED SPECIAL – PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED

1 April 2021 – 30 November 2021 Price per person sharing/single For 3 night trail
Price per person per 3 night trail @ R2400pppn  R        7 200,00

 

Includes: All meals, bush walks & game drives, teas & coffees
Excludes: All drinks, the Maseke Balule Conservation levy of R350 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card). Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the camp.

 

Standard Rates

1 April 2021 – 30 November 2021 Price per person sharing/single For 3 night trail
Price per person per 3 night trail  R        9 635,00

 

Includes: All meals, local soft & alcoholic drinks, bush walks & game drives, teas & coffees
Excludes: Premium international drinks, the Maseke Balule Conservation levy of R350 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card). Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the camp.
Single Supplement: No single supplement applies.
Conservation Levies: Maseke Balule Conservation levy of R350 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card)
Notes: •      We reserve the right to review rates in August 2020

•      Rates are quoted in South African Rands

•      Rates are quoted per person sharing per nigh

•      Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable. If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly

•      Conservation levies are subject to change without prior notice in the event of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve amending the levies due to budgetary needs.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The Wilderness Trails have set weekly departures days which are Monday and Thursday.

Children 12 and above pay the full adult rate. No children under 12 years.
Please note that the Trail is closed annually between the 1 December and 31 March each year.

 

Subject to Availability. Terms & Conditions Apply. E&OE