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“An early morning chill, we breathe out moisture as we carefully study the imprints in sand…Walking safaris are the ultimate safari experience. Combining wilderness, sustainability, exercise, adrenalin, and quiet moments of solitude and reflection. Tracking big game on foot is an inherent instinct inside us; we all just need to unleash that instinct. Listening, hearing: An insect tip toeing on grains of sand, a kudu’s alarm bark, or the stomach-rumble of an elephant.”

Walking safaris can involve sleeping around the fire, but do not need to be basic. We typically base these safaris in the Klaserie, the Timbavati and northern Kruger but can be conducted anywhere.

 

Pafuri Walking Trail

April – October 2019

3-Night authentic walking trail in the Kruger National Park

Download detailed fact sheet for 2019 here.

What to Expect

Pafuri is unrivalled walking country in the northern reaches of Kruger National Park. Our walking trails, available from April to October, are renowned for offering true bush lovers an opportunity to experience one of Kruger’s most remote corners on foot.  Led by experienced field guides, you will explore a place that is as vast as it is varied and wild.

The Pafuri Walking Trail offers you a chance to focus on the little things, and you will also experience the rush of adrenaline when you happen upon members of the Big Five. Home base is a seasonal bush camp near the banks of the Luvuvhu River in a setting that creates unforgettable experiences in a unique natural area. The Pafuri region has the highest biodiversity of the Kruger National Park with staggering scenery and landscapes including the well known Lanner Gorge, Crook’s Corner, the fever tree forest, mountains and open floodplains.

Birders will find themselves in paradise spotting species occurring only in Pafuri, among some 350 species in total.  There will be short game drives to reach different parts of the concession, and walks that will last anywhere between 2.5 and 4 hours, ranging between 4 and 10 km each. The pace of the trail will take into account the fitness level of the group as a whole.

Rustic, eco-friendly, unfenced and off-the-grid trails camp in the heart of the bush. There is no electricity or running water at the Pafuri Walking Trails Camp. Non-intrusive solar lights, hurricane lamps, and the glow of the fire will provide light at night. Each morning the guides will fill the basins outside your tent with warm water place warm water for a gentle refreshment before departing, and after each activity there is the opportunity to shower under a hot bucket showers. Of course, this wilderness experience is intended to be enjoyed without mobile phones or internet connection, so there is no access to Wi-Fi.

Dates and Rates

  • 3-night Trail offered April to October
  • Minimum 2 adults / Maximum 8 adults
  • Minimum age limit 16 years
  • Rate per person sharing on 3-night trail = ZAR 8 580.00
  • Fully inclusive of tented accommodation, all meals, all activities, best location, best guides.  Wilderness areas ideal for walking, encountering wildlife on foot, and top quality Big Five game viewing.

Timbavati Walking Trail

Available all year round

3-Night authentic walking trail in the Timbavati Nature Reserve

Download detailed fact sheet for 2019 here.

What to Expect

The Brett Horley Safaris Timbavati Trails Camp is a no-frills, rustic camp in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The aim is to keep the camp’s footprint as small as possible, so tents and equipment are set up as and when we have guests, after which everything is packed away again. The camp appeals to the kind of person who enjoys walking in the bush and camping with catering provided. We have a traverse area of more than 10 000 hectares and can sometimes go for 2-3 days without seeing other people!

The camp is all about the wilderness experience, being in the bush, no cell phones, no electricity. The Timbavati Trails Camp is situated on the dry Mashaton river bed, made famous by Chris McBride in his book The White Lions of Timbavati. Rustic, eco-friendly, unfenced and off-the-grid trails camp in the heart of the bush.

The area offers all the big game, plains game and a wide variety of different habitats, with big trees along the river beds, knobthorn and marula savanna, and large sodic soil areas scattered with guarri bushes. Daily schedules are totally flexible – this is what we do! Interpretive walks in the morning of 3-4 hours in length and lovely afternoon and sunset bumbles including periods with the spotlight searching for some of the more elusive nocturnal creatures.

The focal point of our camp is the campfire. This will be the place to listen to the night sounds, regale stories and enjoy the privilege of being in a mobile bush camp in the middle of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. We trail animals and interpret their tracks and signs, revealing a world we are just not aware of in our city lives. This is a highlight of the experience. A quality experience in the bush, great moments with special people, an appreciation for nature is a necessity. These trails include moments of solitude, adrenalin, laughter and so much fun!

Dates and Rates

  • 3-night Trail offered year round
  • Minimum 6 adults / Maximum 8 adults
  • Minimum age limit 16 years
  • Rate per person sharing, 8 adults on 3-night trail = ZAR 6 150.00
  • Rate per person sharing, 6 adults on 3-night trail = ZAR 8 200.00
  • Fully inclusive of tented accommodation, all meals, all activities, best location, best guides.  Wilderness areas ideal for walking, encountering wildlife on foot, and top quality Big Five game viewing.

Lowveld Trails walking safari, Timbavati

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