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Re: Morning Walks HELP!!

Unread postby hanliemarais » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:11 pm

Thank you all!

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First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby t-bal » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:24 pm

Hello mites!

In late July/begin August we will be once again visiting the KNP. It will be our fourth visit to the park and we have decided it is really about time we participate in a bushwalk.
We would like to hear your experiences. From which of the bellow named camps have you had the best bushwalk experience and why? Because of the scenery, great guides or maybe even good sightings? All stories, advises or pictures are welcome. :D
We will be staying at the following camps multiple nights: Pretoriuskop, Talamati, Olifants, Lower Sabie and Biyamiti.
Eagerly waiting for your response. :D

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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:58 pm

t-bal, have you had a read through Walks from camps info
Lots of great advice and info in there to help you with a decision. :thumbs_up:
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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby Mfezi » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:37 pm

This is a very difficult question :hmz: :hmz:

Just being on foot in the Kruger is already a great experience :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: and then whatever you see and experience is always a bonus :dance: :clap:

So no matter from which camp you will be doing your walk, enjoy the experience!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby t-bal » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:04 pm

Thanks for your quick reply Elsa and Mfezi

I have read the entire link you had send me Elsa and it contained in general a lot of useful information about walks. :thumbs_up: I saw that in general Olifants and Lower Sabie are by far the most recommended camps (out of our list)
At Olifants there are 2 kinds of walks, morning- and river walk. Are there any preferences or advises among the forum members about which one to take? The 1,5 hour river walk seemed very short, but the idea of strolling down the Olifants river sounds fantastic. :D so confusing … :?

We are also interested if someone could share their opinion about the Pretoriuskop, Talamati or Biyamiti walks? Not a lot to find on them…

I’m sure as Mfezi already said we will enjoy the experience no matter which camp we leave from. :D But it’s a present to my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary so my brother and I are really trying to get this one wright. :tongue:
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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby Ralph vV » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:47 pm

Hi t-bal!
I have done walks from most camps and would highly recommend the experience... However, our walk from Olifants was by far the best! The guides were very knowledgable about birds, passionate about sharing info, and showed us all the little things.... We found freshly hatched crocodile eggs, watched hippos play in the pools, encountered many animals (kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra). We spotted leopard tracks and heard hyena close-by.... The highlight was a fleeting glimpse of a Pel's fishing owl! Also, Lourens is now based in Olifants, so you are in very good hands... You are sure to have a great time, experiencing all the smells, sights and sounds of Nature.
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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread postby t-bal » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Thanks for the advice Ralph vV. I’m sure we will enjoy :D
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:47 pm

We like our walks and were wondering whether walks from Berg en Dal involve hiking up any of the nearby hills (we like hills, for the exercise and rewarding views!)?
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Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread postby canontraveller » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:24 am

Hi Everyone,

SO and I will be in the park in September - only her second time.
Fortunately she also suffers from Kruger addiction since our first visit.
We've done sunrise drive before but are planning a morning walk this time around.
Now the big question is from Satara or Olifants? :hmz:
..... or maybe both?

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Re: Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:14 am

The easy answer is both.

We would do both. However, we we had to choose one, it would be Olifants.

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Satara is big game country and the guides try to get views of them on foot. The walks are usually very fast and looking for game, and if you see nothing, then the walk is a bit of a bust. We have done 2 that turned out like that in the area.

Olifants or Letaba, the guides take you out into the bush, they stop to explain as much as possible, you learn and are shown things you will never see from the road, and sometimes you run into the prominent game in the area. If no game, the walk is still very enjoyable. The time just seems to fly (It may just be our luck, but we have also seen some great game on foot here, Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo)

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Re: Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread postby Porridge » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:36 am

I'll second what LL said there. Plus Lourens is the head guide at Olifants, so see if you can get him. You won't regret it!
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Re: Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:53 am

First time walk? A river walk at Olifants - along the Olifants river. It is divine. We did it. My SO wrote a TT about it, granted some time ago, and the river is very different now after the floods, but have a read:- At one with the Olifants {Edit - oops, pics are gone, I will need to update them, but you will get the idea}

Also - you can follow Lourens here and ask him questions - link
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Re: Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread postby canontraveller » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:22 am

Thanks DB, Porridge

I have done a walk a few years back at BnD during winter - the veld was dry and we didn't see much on the walk. But it felt good just walking around and then when we drove back to camp....
A leopard lazing in the sun..

This would be SO's first walk in the wild.

I have been leaning towards Olifants as I've always been attracted by the scenery around the river. :cam:
Although it's been a while since I stayed there.....

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread postby Butterbee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:10 pm

My friend and I did a walk at Berg n Dal in December and it was amazing!!! You walk the hills and the views are stunning!!! We were lucky enough to be the only 2 people on the walk with the guides, so we could really enjoy the walk and spend time discussing all the small stuff. Our guide was Willie, an honorary ranger...a wealth of knowledge!

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Early Morning Walk

Unread postby Elephantears » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:10 pm

If you were to do only one morning walk from which camp South of Letaba would you choose to go from?
Thank you very much.


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