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Re: Morning Walk from Tambotie/Orpen

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:14 pm

Camera wise, bring either an allround lens, or add a macro one to the arsenal. Leave the 800 mm at camp, as BB says chances are low you would use it.
Walks are the time for macro or close-up shots of the little things, like flowers, spiders etc.
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Re: Morning Walk from Tambotie/Orpen

Unread postby saraf » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:06 pm

You'll need to wear neutral colours - i.e. not white or anything very bright, like orange or red. Think muted browns and greens.

The terrain can be a bit uneven so sturdy footwear is best.
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Re: Afternoon walk

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:26 am

I am not sure, but they will probably overlap.

The afternoon can be hot for walking - but September should be OK. Morning is always better though!

As far as animal activity is concerned - no guarantees for any activity! The object of a walk is really to look at small things that you miss when in a tin can - like close look at trees, insects, animal tracks, etc..... It is a great experience whatever you see/don't see.
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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:46 pm

Yes there are walks from Skukuza.
No,the walks do not start from the camp itself.
You first drive out a bit to a secluded spot, and depart from there.
Walks differ depending on the situation, but may be up to 3 hours in duration, including the drive time.
Usually a bit shorter.
You do not walk the full time and it is not a fitness test.

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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:10 pm

Going on a walk is the best experience I can recommend to someone. It is always special, whether you meet any of the big animals or not. :thumbs_up:

Taste differ on what to wear. Some prefer shorts, because they say it is cooler. It might be true. I prefer long trousers because it provides better protection against insects, scratches from branches, grass seeds etc.

On the walks some snacks and drinks are provided as a halfway rest opportunity. It is good to take something to drink with you. A 500ml screw top cool drink bottle is adequate, but it depends on your own preferences.

As for danger ... yes, there is an element of that. I have never allowed that to stop me. It occurs much less often than most think, and with a good guide it is usually avoided. Do not go scared in to the bush ... there is no need!

Enjoy it ... driving in a car in a reserve will never be the same again. :slap:
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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread postby bert » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:16 pm

Agreed with Imberbe.
Always try to do one walk when in Kruger
Being out there with no doors between you and the animals is always special


Done the Skukuza walk in March
was great
No snakes, but ellie and rhino.
Walked along a stream and had to cross it a few times
2 great guides.
No need to wear heavy boots
Good tekkies will do.

And a small bonus is that you are out of camp before anyone else and its a small morning drive (takes about 15-30 minutes) to reach the walking area. So might find
something special :thumbs_up:

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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread postby Merel » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:33 pm

Walking in the bush is great! :D
Imberbe describes it well.
You should be very lucky if you are able to see a snake during a walk.
Most snakes disappear when they feel (the vibration of the ground) people coming.
Only the puff adder lies died still, so the one who is walking in front must keep his eyes wide open.
The rangers walk in front and the rest walk in a single file behind them, so you should be safe.
I only once came across a black mamba during a Wilderness Trail.
All I heard was something going very fast through the grass; I first thought it was a buck that fled from us. Only the ranger had seen the snake.
So most animals are more afraid of us then the other way around.

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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:44 pm

1. Children under 12 are not allowed on walks for safety reasons.
You will have to decide whether your child is up to it if he / she fall on the edge.
There is a bit of a grey area there. In the end the guide is responsible and will make the final decision.

1 c. Approx. 2 and a half to three hours, drive time included.
It depends on circumstance.
You will probably leave camp around 5 o'clock in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.
February can be hot!

2. It does not really matter.
It may be good to do it earlier in your visit, as to avoid a possible situation where due to rain or some other circumstance you cannot do a walk.
The experience of walking will give you another perspective, which will enrich the rest of your visit.
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Re: Kruger Park 3 night itinerary

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:21 am

I agree, one guided activity per day is adequate if you have your own vehicle.
The exception is maybe a walk, then you can also do a night drive or sunset drive.

From the sound of your itinerary (if that is your booked itinerary) you will need to do your walk at Satara. Which is good, no problems there and a nice area to walk in.
Just book your walk in time as not to be disappointed.
Be aware that 12 is the minimum age for a walk because of safety reasons.
If your son is small, they might be hesitant to allow him on a walk.
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Re: Best camp for bush-walk in May? Pretkp, Skuk, LS, Tamboti?

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:44 pm

There are no bad places to do a bush walk.

I would suggest that you do it in a camp where you are going to stay the previous and the following night. It makes it that much easier.

Lower Sabie is excellent, with great guides.
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Re: Best camp for bush-walk in May? Pretkp, Skuk, LS, Tamboti?

Unread postby bert » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:42 pm

Light or dark grey is fine
And remember
The daytrip starts very early in the morning and it might be cold on the truck while on
route to the day trip area.
A windstopper or jacket
And you can leave it in the truck during the walk

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Re: Best camp for bush-walk in May? Pretkp, Skuk, LS, Tamboti?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:15 am

Also, comfortable shoes suitable for walking. Don't leave your legs or feet uncovered. The grass can scratch horribly and there are a few creepy crawlies around.
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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby normana53 » Mon May 24, 2010 5:48 pm

We did a bush walk from Satara and it was great.
It was quiet, and we mostly saw Kudu, Zebra, Wildebeest and birds,
We also saw lots of tracks, and learned quite a bit from our guides about spoor and scat.
We did get to see two male lions from about 30 meters who we surprised.
They were gone in a flash, but did stop for one last look.
I guess they wanted to make sure they weren't hallucinating and verify that there were guns being carried by the men in green.
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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby normana53 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:02 am

I actually don't know who was more surprised,
The guides or the Lions :big_eyes: .
We saw them after they told us that the chances of seeing cats was almost nil.
It was exhilarating and also a big knot in the stomach, adrenaline rush.
After they explained that Lion will disappear when they see a group of people on foot, I was a bit less apprehensive, especially when the Lions did seem to totally vanish.
Though both the Guides seemed quite a bit more alert for the rest of the walk! :lol:
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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby Porridge » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:10 am

Reminds me of a a walk we did out of a bush camp one year.
We were moving up a hillside, when the ranger got us all to crouch down and be quiet.
The next minute, 3 lion cubs heads pop up out of the grass looking at us, about 20 metres away.
One of them was obviously worried about her complexion, as she was absolutely COVERED in mud.
While they were looking at us, mommy decided this wasn't such a great idea and she started growling.
I can quite honestly say that it made my blood run cold.
The sound has bass undertones that vibrate deep inside that prehistoric core in the pit of your stomach.
I was quite worried at one point, because it seemed as if the cubs were trying to get mommy's permission to play with the funny things in the grass (us).
She eventually herded them off and we followed them (at a distance).
She didn't stop growling the whole time, until they disappeared into thick bush.
We decided that discretion was the better part of valour and bravely moved off in the opposite direction.
Very exhilarating!!
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