It’s wonderful to see new guided walking safari options in South African reserves, as walk operators respond to the demand for more active “experiential” travel. When researching Walking Safaris of South Africa, it was a challenge to keep up with new trails, as every few months saw another launched. Then the pandemic resulted in a big pause, and reserves and operators entered survival mode.
April is when the peak walking season comes to the Lowveld, which is where the great majority of walking safaris operate. Happily, almost all have weathered the crisis and operators are reporting good bookings from domestic visitors.
In today’s Sunday Times (paywall), Hlengiwe has a double page feature that covers new trails in six reserves in every corner of the country. There’s also a mention for the rebuilt Bushmans Wilderness Trail camp in Kruger National Park, which is due to reopen before the end of May 2021.