Three nights walking from one of the seven dedicated SANParks trails camps in the most pristine wilderness zones of the vast Kruger National Park.
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Choose from one of several dedicated Wilderness Trail camps in the vast Kruger National Park. Each trail takes adventurers into the wild for three nights to stay at a fixed camp, fully catered and accessed by private roads. Each day, walks are guided by SANParks Trails Guides.
There are seven SANParks wilderness trails in the Kruger National Park , and they all have the same format; it isn’t possible to book for shorter or longer stays than the standard three nights. Apart from short summer breaks for maintenance, they run year-round, with departures on Wednesdays and Sundays. The trails are run from special permanent camps that are protected from large animals by unobtrusive electric fences. Groups of up to 8 walkers stay together as a group for the three nights, with walks in the morning, some rest time during the day, and another walk or drive in the afternoon. The roads to the wilderness camps are not accessible to other visitors, so whether on foot or in the vehicle, guests won’t see any others than their group.
There’s no electricity at the camps, just some solar power for room lighting and device-charging. In the evening, guests dine and relax by the light of a campfire and kerosene or solar lanterns. Three camps have en-suite accommodation and are priced a little higher than the other four which have shared ablutions with gas geyser showers and flush toilets. Drinking water, instant coffee and tea are provided at the camp, and fruit cordial in the morning.
Pricing is based on 2-person units, and this is one of the best value walking safaris to be found in Africa. The minimum age is 16.
Each wilderness trail has a nominated base camp, one of the SANParks public rest camps, where trail guests meet at 15:30 on the first day. On the final day, guests will be back at the base camp before lunchtime.
Guests’ vehicles remain at the base camp, and big suitcases may safely be left in the car, so participants can just bring what they will need for the three nights. On the starting afternoon, guests and their guides travel by game-viewing vehicle to the wilderness trail camp, with stops to see wildlife. The game-viewing vehicle remains with the group for the duration of their stay. Each camp has four twin-accommodation units with two proper beds and mosquito nets. Four camps have thatched A-frame huts, while three have canvas tents on wooden decks. In the evening the lead guide will deliver a briefing on the plan for the next day. Each morning of the two walking days, guests are woken about an hour before sunrise, and rise to have a hot drink and a rusk. Walks may start directly from the camp or, more typically, start with a short drive.
The walks last four to five hours, covering up to 15 kilometres. The guides carry a snack for breakfast – fruit, sausage or biltong, a packet of fruit juice. Back at camp, there’s time for a wash before a late morning cooked breakfast, juice and cereals. The afternoon walks are much shorter, and often involve driving to a good location to take a short stroll and sit and observe. Drives are mostly confined to restricted roads, with no other vehicles to be encountered.
Camps have a lapa and camp chairs where walkers can relax in the shade. In the evenings the fire is the focus, a time for stargazing and chats, after which most trailists will retire by 21:00. On the fourth day there’s no walk, so there’s a slightly later wake-up call, and guests return to the base camp after breakfast.
- Transfers from the base camp to the Trails camp
- Water, cordial, tea & coffee
- Overnights at the base camp
- Kruger National Park fees