Season: Year round, best Apr-Nov Price Basis: PPS for 2 night stay
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Somkhanda is a 12 000ha reserve and is a great success story of community based conservation. It is one of the first community owned reserves in South Africa to successfully introduce the Big 5. It offers walking terrain for the more adventurous trialist – due to the many drainage lines and dense vegetation, we often follow animal paths and have the opportunity to follow the tracks and signs of rhino, big cats and elephants.

Exploring the reserve on foot offers the opportunity to get close to nature and to experience some of the smaller hidden details that are not accessible by vehicle. With the amazing diversity of trees, birds and invertebrate life in northern KwaZulu Natal, you are sure to learn and experience many new things on every walk.

If the walks have not yet satisfied your sense of adventure, you can always extend your stay and include a few nights at Somkhanda Lodge. The reserve is one of only a handful private reserves in South Africa that allow for self-drive trails. Shorter bush walks with qualified guides can also be booked while staying at the lodge, or one of the tented camps on Somkhanda. Somkhanda offers a variety of tented self-catering accommodation options in a fenced camping area around the main reception, as well as a more remote wild camp site at Scotia Camp.

Africa 4 Wild Trails Camp offers basic, yet comfortable facilities which include

  • Hot showers
  • Flushing Toilets
  • Shared accommodation in East African Styled safari tents.
  • Meals around the camp fire
  • Lounge tent to relax, read a book or relax in the heat of the day

Minimum 2 night stay.

Read more about Somkhanda walks in the blog 

Arrival day:  Afternoon walk to camp, sundowners, and campfire dinner.

Day 2 – Early morning walk  - between 2-4 hours depending on conditions. Return to camp for a brunch. Rest over the heat of the day.

Afternoon walk (2 hours), return to camp for sundowners, campfire dinner and a good night’s sleep.


a full day walk with a packed lunch to be enjoyed under the shade of a tree,  if the group so prefers and conditions are suitable for this.

Day 3 – Early walk, walk to camp – (3-4 hour walk). Break for snacks and coffee while on walk. Arrive at Reception around lunch time. Extend your stay at the lodge, or depart.

  • Accommodation
  • Stays are fully catered and limited drinks are available for purchase.
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