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  • I did not plan to stay with Judie and Bruce but i think that this was the best part of my journey. Sometimes you do meet people in your life where you do have a good vibe with. It is unbelievable that you can have that kind of connection after a couple of hours. They help you out if you need their help, the give you the right advice if you ask for it. They are very professional in what they do and there heart is on the right place. I learnt a lot about the bush, there are so knowledgeable and i spent one year in the bush before i met them. I did not spend only that first night at there place. I have been back twice to spend more time with them. I hope to keep in touch with them for a long time. I will be a visitor again when i will visit them but it feels as a member of the family.
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Three night guided walking trail in big 5 country

Destinations:
Trip Duration: 3 nights/4 days
Max. Guests: Min 1
Brief overview: A guided walking trail in the Greater Kruger, as close as you can get to the safaris of old- combining trails and game drives in Klaserie Game Reserve.
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Three night guided walking trail in big 5 country

Overview

  • 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.

Rates

ZAR 5100 per person  shareing for 3 nights/ 4 days

ZAR 5100 plus ZAR 2550 per single person for 3 nights/ 4 days

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Included in this tour

  • 3 night’s accommodation sharing at Tusker Tented camp.
  • All meals and coffee/teas.
  • Morning and afternoon walk/ drives.
  • Local drinks.

Excluded from this tour

  • Optional return shuttle from Johannesburg/Pretoria. ZAR 650
  • ZAR 110 once off conservation levy to Klaserie Private Reserve.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities.

Notes on this tour

The Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)  is close by and guest flying in can be collected there and transfered to the departure point free of charge.

The base camp an easy five hour drive from Johannesburg with safe parking  making this worthwhile option for those who want to continue on  into Kruger or elsewhere from here.

Malaria can be contracted in the summer months and we recommend insect repellent and the prophylactic Coartem.