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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread postby Porridge » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:11 am

Another walk that got my heart rate WAYYYY up there was out of LS.
The game vehicle took us about 20 minutes out of camp and we had to wait for a while for a very heavy mist to lift.
While waiting for this, we could hear roaring about 200 or 300 metres from us, which went on for ages.
Once the mist had lifted sufficiently, what does the guide do?
Aims us straight at the roaring!!!
Sweat breaks out, breathing becomes difficult, heart rate is about 300 bpm.
Through a dry riverbed and stalk up the other side.
We peer over the lip, fully expecting to see lion, but it was 2 white rhino bulls clobbering each other silly!!
Who knew that they roared like that?
I certainly didn't.
We were only about 10 metres from them and they were careering around all over the place, flattening bushes etc, and there was just no cover for us, so we just stayed low.
Once the wind shifted and they smelt us, they both took off away from us at a rate of knots.
Truly an awesome thing to witness though.
The power of them!! wow!!
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Re: Minimum age for bush walks

Unread postby lee lewis » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:10 am

The SANParks Confirmation Letter dated 23 March 2009 in my possession, stipulates the following:

"MW (MORNING WALK): Confirm departure time at reception in advance. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Must stay in camp on previous night. No Children under 12 allowed."
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Re: Balule camp - morning walk

Unread postby Merel » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:35 pm

Welcome to the forum rveeuwijk.
Yes it is possible to do a morning walk at Balule.
You have to book this or other activities at the reception of Olifants (where you also have to check in for Balule).
You will be picked up at Balule. !
One important detail! Do not forget to tell the friendly man who opens and closes the gate of Balule that you will do a morning walk, so he can open the gate for the jeep.
I had to wake up the poor man because I did not know. :redface:
Balule is a wonderful camp and it is special to stand there in the early morning in the dark, everything still silent, listening for any sound and as specially the motor of the jeep coming closer just for you.

I did a walk there in May last year. Here a photo of the guides looking down on Olifants bridge.

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Re: Balule camp - morning walk

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:20 pm

To make it complete:
There are no activities available from Balule, however...

• Guided Game Walks or Game Drives can be pre-arranged with Olifants camp.
• Groups of 10 people or more can book activities from Satara.

You can also check in at Satara for Balule. I think Balule is actually a satellite of Satara, not Olifants officially.
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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread postby Scipio » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:13 pm

Orpen has great space and chance to see the big 5, Lower Sabie has a great walk in the Muntshe area if they still use it. Nice choice to have to make. :wink:

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Re: Guided Walk from Skukuza

Unread postby Binkieloo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:19 pm

I would also suggest the morning walk, because of the heat.

We did the River walk at Olifants last week. Starts at 9am (28C) and ended around 12 (38C). If I was going to do a walk again, I would book it for as early as possible.

It was an amazing experience - we didn't see much in the way of animals, but just to experience the bush up close and personal was amazing!

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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread postby hilda » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:22 am

I have always been wondering about these morning walks.
How many people are there normally in a group?
What will happen if you accidentally step on a sleeping lion's tail and it attacks you?
Will the poor animal be shot because I wanted to walk in his territory?
What if a leopard jumps out of a tree onto someone walking in the bush and starts eating that person?
It will definitely also being shot.
In short, how safe are there morning walks for the animals in the bush?
Just asking.
I will never do it, I am too scared!
And I also don't want any animal killed because I was walking in his/her territory. :hmz:
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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:09 pm

There are normally 8 people on the walk plus two guids that walk in front of you.
Doing our walk in LS we never felt unsafe and the guides respected nature and animals all the time.
Irving - our guys - told us that they run sometimes into sleeping lions and they usually run away.
If an animals attacks you, shooting at them is the last choice - there are lot of other possibilities
to solve this problem. E.G Irving does about 100 walks a year and never had to shoot...
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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread postby Mads » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:00 pm

My vote is also on Lower Sabie... though the bush is thick and lush at the moment... I am not sure if it is the same in the Orpen area??
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Re: Shimuwini

Unread postby Dotty » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:20 pm

Hi Old Alsation A very warm welcome to the forums :clap: :D
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Re: Shimuwini

Unread postby jaybabe » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:43 pm

Hi OldAlsation
Welcome to the forum. We did a morning walk at Shimulwini in September '10 and I must say it was one of the best walks we had ever done! Johan who led the walk was outstanding. I would call the camp and book in advance because they don't seem to offer the walk every day.
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Re: Shimuwini

Unread postby threedogs » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:34 am

We also did a morning walk at Shimuwini late August '10 and it was a highlight of our stay in KNP. Can't remember the name of the guide leader but both guides were very polite, informative and friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy their job. Plan to do another walk next trip this September!

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Re: Shimuwini

Unread postby michellev » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:56 am

Dear OldAlsation

Yes, Shimuwini does offer bushwalks. Please e-mail the Hospitality Service Manager, Johann Mdluli with your reservation details and he will be able to pre-book for you on:

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Recommendation needed - Morning walks

Unread postby Andreas_79 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:40 pm

Hi forumites,

as my trip is getting closer and closer and i want to book a few drives and a walk in advance. I am wondering where the best place (regarding to my itinerary) is to do a morning walk.

As i will stay at Lower Sabie, Satara and Letaba for two nights i will limit the choice to one of these camps. I already asked Martie from Lower Sabie at the Lower Sabie Sightings thread about her walks but it would be nice to hear from your experiences here.

I can imagine that a walk in KNP will be a nice experience anyway and that it might be difficult to compare the walks. And if i wouldn´t have to keep an eye on my budget i would do walks and drives everywhere. But this time i am on a budget...... :wink:

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Re: Recommendation needed - Morning walks

Unread postby mel123 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:52 pm

I've been on morning walks in Lower Sabie and Satara and would definitely recommend Lower Sabie. We found a couple of black rhino and it was very exciting and informative!

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