Experience the true magic of the African Bush on foot. This Kruger Hiking Safari is perfect for active and adventurous travellers who want something different out of their bush experience in Africa. Get up close and personal with Africa's wildlife while treading the same path's our ancestors did.
This affordable Safari takes place in the Greater Kruger National Park, which is made up of the Private reserves adjacent to the Kruger. The controlled access to these Big Five Parks ensures privacy.
Sleep under the African Stars in an unfenced bush camp within the exclusive game reserve of Greater Kruger. This is the "real" bush with no modern world to interrupt your safari adventure.
A perfect getaway into the wild!
This Kruger Park Hiking Safari begins with collection from either OR Thambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or from Persequor Park in Pretoria.
Our Budget Kruger Safari leaves the City of Gold, Johannesburg, at about 06:45 am and heads towards the famous Greater Kruger Park. In the afternoon we embark on our first exhilarating game drive in a private concession of the Big Five Kruger Park wilderness area.
Our game drive takes us closer to the wild animals in Klaserie, where the animals are relatively used to the presence of safari vehicles. We generally get within 5 to 10 metres of the big game from the safety of our 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser. We stop for a light lunch at about 3.00pm, before continuing to our safari camp.
In the evening we enjoy dinner at camp under the stars followed by a thrilling night game drive in Greater Kruger.
Day two starts early with morning coffee and a light breakfast. At about 6.00am we set off on our first exciting game walk or game viewing drive in the bush.
After our exciting bush walk, we return to the safari camp for a rest and some brunch at around 9:00 am. In the mid-afternoon, we gather for tea and a light lunch served at the bush camp.
At about 4.00pm we head off on an afternoon game drive in Greater Kruger Park, stopping for sundowners in the bush. The game drive lasts into the evening becoming a night drive en route back to the safari camp. The open 4x4 safari vehicles allow for 360-degree views, providing excellent photographic and video opportunities.
Night drives give you the chance to see nocturnal animals stirring, particularly leopards. With some luck, you might even spot some of the predators, including lion and leopard hunting at night. Powerful spotlights are used to search for nocturnal animals on the game drives. The wide variety of wild animals uncommonly sighted during the day; include hyena, aardvark, bat-eared fox, porcupine, bush babies, bushbuck, mongoose, genet and nocturnal birds, such as owls and nightjars.
Returning from our invigorating night game drive we share stories from our day in the bush over drinks at the camp bar. Dinner is served at 8:00 pm followed by an evening of relaxation, enjoying drinks, tea or coffee around the campfire.
Day three and four of this Budget Kruger Hiking Safari follow similar itineraries to day two.
This unique Kruger Safari offers full-length morning bush walks ranging from two to four hours (depending on levels of fitness). Each Kruger Hiking Safari starts off with a comprehensive demonstration on how to behave when encountering animals in the bush.
Qualified rangers lead our Hiking Safaris in Greater Kruger, sharing their knowledge of animal spoors, vegetation and the ecology of the wilderness area. The rangers have undergone intensive training specialising in ways of approaching and responding to dangerous wildlife.
Bush walks not only offer the thrill of facing larger mammals on foot but also give you the chance to gain insight into the smaller creatures and delightful details of the African bush. Our game rangers will point out various animal tracks and interesting features of the bush, as well as explaining the nocturnal movements of animals.
Walking in the game park gives you a real feel for the African bush as you immerse yourself in the smells and sounds of the untamed wilderness. Exploring Klaserie on foot brings you closer to the fascinating details of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives, giving you a chance to truly appreciate nature. The Kruger Hiking Safari offers a unique and unmatched wildlife experience of a lifetime. Each walking safari in Kruger is designed to explore the untamed bush the way one should - on foot. Taking your first walk you’ll realise that you’ve gone back in time to discover the magic of the bush old-style.
We embark on walks in Big Five wilderness areas, however, the mix of wildlife you sight depends on luck in the wild. To walk is to be out there with the African wildlife, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily drama’s of their lives, sharing their space. To walk is to follow their tracks, feel your own senses come alive and hear the beating of your heart as you edge closer to a herd of elephant resting in the shade. You are guaranteed a genuine bush experience, not easily forgotten!
On the final day of this Kruger Hiking Safari, we wake early for our morning coffee and a light snack, before embarking on a game viewing walk. After our bush walk in Greater Kruger Park, we return to our camp for brunch.
This Budget Kruger Tour departs from Klaserie Reserve at around midday, ending back at the international airport in Johannesburg at about 6:00 pm today.
This South African Hiking Safari visits the exclusive Klaserie Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area.
The privately owned Klaserie Game Reserve falls within Greater Kruger Park, sharing unfenced boundaries with Kruger National Park proper and the Timbavati Reserve. Sharing unfenced borders with Kruger Park means that the abundant wildlife roams freely between these Big Five game parks.
Klaserie Park, known for its excellent game viewing, covers 60 000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness on either side of the Klaserie River. The abundant wildlife in Klaserie includes Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. The main advantage of visiting Klaserie Park is that access to the wilderness area is limited to guests staying at the handful of intimate safari lodges within the private game reserve, ensuring a uncrowded and exclusive safari experience. Klaserie offers a unique safari adventure, free from the stresses of modern living and far away from the crowds of tourists.
We explore the vast wilderness of Greater Kruger on game drives and bush walks in the Klaserie, which encompasses a variety of habitats hosting a wide array of wild animals and birds.
Collection and drop off will be at either the OR Tambo Bus Terminal Building or the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park (Pretoria). Transport to and from these pre-appointed locations is not included in the tour price.
Collection times on the first day:
Drop off times on the last day:
Our safari camp offers an authentic African bush experience in the Klaserie Game Reserve of Greater Kruger.
The safari camp is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering a comfortable bush experience in a genuine African setting.
A perk of staying at this small safari camp is that the game viewing activities can be tailored to your specific needs. For example, if the guides hear lions roaring near the camp at night, they will often knock on your door to check if you would like to venture into the bush and look for them.
Camp facilities include a main lounge with two comfortable sitting areas and a library. The dining room has a large table for sharing meals together and there is an outdoor boma area with a campfire. The boma is an ideal place for sipping your morning coffee and unwinding with evening drinks.
Guests will also experience a traditional South African braaivleis (barbecue) prepared over the open fire in the boma. The safari camp features a lovely swimming pool with a deck, where guests can cool off and relax in the hot summer months. The main camp area has power points for recharging electronic devices, but the chalets are simply fitted with lanterns to add to the bush experience.
Accommodation on this Kruger Hiking Safari is in a variety of chalets, ranging from family units to twin-share chalets. These chalets are fitted with solar powered fans and lights, as well as mosquito nets.
There is also a charming tree house if you would like to sleep under the stars in this authentic bush setting. The tree house sleeps two guests in twin beds and has an outside bathroom and shower.
Of the five chalets, two are en-suite family units consisting two rooms furnished with a double bed and twin beds. The family units have a dividing wall and are suitable for families with two adults and children under 16 years. Two of the chalets at camp feature double beds suitable for couples, one with an en-suite bathroom and the other with an en-suite toilet and outside shower. The remaining chalet is fitted with twin beds catering for two guests and has an en-suite toilet with an outside shower. The en-suite facilities in the chalets lead onto the rooms with open doorways and are thus suited to those familiar with travelling together.
Clients can opt to only go on game drives on this Kruger Safari by arrangement.
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after the Kruger Hiking Safari, which can be added to your tour booking upon request. The 4-star lodge accommodation is located 10-15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. For more information on accommodation, rates follow the link.
This tour does not take children.
Minimum age 16 or in groups of 4 min age 12.
Children aged 5 years and older are permitted on this safari. The age restriction for walking safaris is over 16 years. Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years will be taken on morning game “bumbles” or drives (depending on their age) while their parents enjoy their morning walking safaris.
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