9 Night Kruger Walking Safari

In early September, we created, organised, and delivered an epic 9 night walking safari in the Klaserie and Timbavati Private Nature Reserves, Kruger National Park. The Empire Team – a group of glider pilots and partners, based mostly in the UK – were the willing participants and contributors to an excellent time on safari.

A unique wilderness experience with adrenalin, education, conservation, thought-provoking conversation around the fire, and so many great stories.

 

Group photo: Africa on Foot sundowners in Klaserie

Group photo: Africa on Foot sundowners in Klaserie

We used 3 camps, which gave us diversity in habitat, and exposure to local guides – including some of the best Shangaan trackers out there. What a privilege to be on foot with them, learning the intricacies and art of tracking. Also, 3 different styles of accommodation:

Africa on Foot, a classic bush camp and great introduction to safari; Bateleur mobile camp, with dome tents, delicious food cooked over the fire, and hyaenas and porcupines sniffing around camp. This included the hyaena that decided my Bird and Tracks books tasted good – found them scattered about camp in the morning! He didn’t agree with what his track looked like in the book! Then, Baobab Ridge to finish off – beautiful, big rooms, a warm shower with great pressure (after 3 days “roughing it”), and a wonderful boma, swimming pool and bar area to finish off our magic safari.

We tracked rhinos, dared to breathe while big elephant bulls towered over us, and watched families of elephants feeding below us, all with our feet on the ground – the real way to EXPERIENCE safari. This was a mind-blowing, awe-inspiring moment. We even followed a young hyaena in the late afternoon as he explored his world. All on our level!

Watching elephant on foot

Watching elephant on foot

 

Watching buffalo come to drink

Watching buffalo come to drink

 

Studying the remains of a carcass

Studying the remains of a carcass

 

Lions roared, and jackals cried as we watched the lions trail a herd of buffalo. One morning, we shot out in the vehicles after a call on the radio alerted us to watch a pack of wild dog running down the road! The wild dog is Africa’s second most endangered carnivore.

Brett Horley guiding a Kruger walking safari

Brett Horley guiding a Kruger walking safari

 

African wild dogs on the run

African wild dogs on the run

 

Curious zebra checks us out

Curious zebra checks us out

 

On night drive with the spotlight, we glimpsed a leopard crossing the road, watched an African civet slink into the shadows, and owls flying through the night.

This safari was tailor-made and we can organise a similar one for you. It is a once in a lifetime holiday experience; a break from the world; relaxing, enjoyable, stimulating, and exciting.

The proof is in the pudding…

“Geoff and I are finally back in the UK and we are still in “African Bush Dreamland”.  Our entire group has commented on having the “holiday of the century” and thoroughly enjoyed the trip you put together for us.  You and Gavin have created a lifetime of memories with many more stories to add to each of our tapestries of life.  Thank you very much for the most awesome and amazing experience and the journey you took us through. 

Despite having spent many previous holidays in the bush, it felt like it was the first time I have truly experienced the bush.  Yours and Gavin’s knowledge-sharing, story-telling and guiding are the most professional I have ever experienced and you made the bush come alive like I have never known before.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Anne Tabbner – England

On the game viewer at Bateleur mobile camp

On the game viewer at Bateleur mobile camp

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