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.
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:
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.
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.
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.