Client Feedback

  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
Hoedspruit Accommodation
RoomsForAfrica.com

Tour Packages

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.
bookings
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

bookings

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.