- Guided walking trails for 3 nights in Big 5 country- Greater Kruger Park.
- Fully inclusive stay in Tusker Tented Camp- Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.
- Twin bedded tented accommodation with shared ablutions.
- Open vehicle drives combined with walking trails- including night drives.
- Self drive option or shuttle available from Johannesburg.
A guided walking trail in Big 5 country is about as close as one can get to experiencing a real safari of old. To tread along those dusty well used game paths following the tracks of some wild creature that walked the same path earlier is a thrilling and humbling practice. Leaving the dreamy sway of the landrover ride to set off in Indian file behind a hyped and talented ranger guide and tracker team armed with an “elephant gun” and many years experience is simply to fall in love with the African bush.
These guided walking trails take place in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve- part of the Greater Kruger Park- and out of Tusker Tented Camp built on the banks of the Klaserie River. The 3 night tour starts on the Friday with a dawn transfer from the city to the bush or a 5 hour self drive to the meeting point at the reserve gate.Then with no time to waste into the reserve with an open vehicle drive out to the Tusker tented camp built on the banks of the Klaserie River. Tusker Tented Camp is not fenced so game often wonders into camp making for some exciting encounters. The camp sleeps 12 guests but walking trails are limited to eight trailist per ranger guide/ tracker team- so if there are more of you, two separate walking trails will go out. The Klaserie River is at times just a series of pools in the wide sandy river bed, but in the wet months it is lush wide ribbon of green winding through the Klaserie bush. Herds of elephant are drawn to the water and greenery of the riparian forests and old buffalo bulls wallow in the pools. Many wader birds fly in to hunt in the shallows and the call of the African Fish Eagle rings out over Tusker Tented Camp.
The daily schedule of a walking trail starts with an early morning walk from Tusker Camp or a short drive out in search of fresh spoor to follow on foot. Each individual outing on a walking trail is a volume on its own. The focus is sometimes on smaller game with many breaks to point out tracks, scats and burrows or it can be a swift silent march on the spoor of a fast moving pride of lions. Information is often plentiful and the dialogue lively while at other times no talking is allowed. The ultimate game viewing adventure has to be to track one of Africa's Big Five on foot and then view the animal going about it's day non the wiser. The walking trails are varied and rewarding and often a walk/drive combination allowing the trail to get out to the further reaches of the large concession. The afternoon drive goes on into the evening regularly producing exciting sightings of nocturnal animals and the big cats.
Life in Tusker Tented Camp is relaxed and comfortable. The large walk-in-tents have gauze windows and are built on wooden decks under a canopy of unbelievable old Jackalberry Trees. The lighting in the rooms is solar while the dining tent is brightly lit by a hissing gas lantern. Tasty hearty meals are produced by the cheerful staff in the kitchen tent and either taken around the fire or in the shaded dining tent. The shared bathrooms have separate toilets are supplied with hot water from gas fired geysers There are 3 showers and one bath with wash hand basins and small mirrors. A small selection of drinks is kept in the gas powered chest fridge in the dining tent and tea and coffee is constantly available.
While almost all game lodges offer walks with an armed guide after breakfast these are normally an easy stroll from camp in search of birds, small game and fascinating insect life with informative facts about the indigenous vegetation and uses thereof. These guided walking trails have been likened to going scuba diving rather than scraping the surface while snorkelling.