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 Post subject: day-hikes in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:15 am 
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We are on our way to Kruger, the following camps are booked: Satara, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Skukuza. At Shingwedzi we have booked three nights. Does anyone know whether day-hiking trails are offered there? To walk through the bush for a couple of hours with a ranger would be very special.


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 Post subject: Re: day-hikes in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:40 pm 
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Contact the camp itself for information. Each camp tends to do things a little differently at times, so it is best to get it straight from them.

There are hiking trails available, but these are overnight trails booked in the same way as other camps - only much longer in advance as they get booked up quickly! Most are for 3 nights.

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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:25 pm 
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Do you know for why reasons KNP staff chose some place for a bush walk and no other.
What happens if there is a close encounter with dangerous game as a pride of lions for example?
They try to avoid some game in a bush walk?


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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:11 pm 
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You can actually get very close to lions and the likes, but then the rangers are surprised. They do try to stay at a safe distance of any animal, not only for safety, but also not to disturb them.

I loved the walk at Olifants...

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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:16 pm 
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Would I have difficulty booking a walk the next day in Olifants or anywhere in the park during the first week of July?
The park seems full as there are no accommodations so I'm unsure when to book.
I was told I have to book when I arrive at the park.


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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:26 pm 
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What you can do is call the camp the day before arriving there.

I travelled in August and I called Letaba from Mopani the day before and was told there was plenty of space on the walk. Full camp does not necessarily mean that the walks are sold too.

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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:47 pm 
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We did a walk in Letaba with Saskia and her colleague.
Just the 4 of us.
Had a close encounter with rhino with baby, ellie, some general game and even a honey badger.
Even the guides got were quite excited with the last one.
We had a grand time that morning.
Whatever you decide, you`ll have a great time.

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 Post subject: Re: best camps for bush walks?
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:40 pm 
I did my first Bushwalk in 2007, and have done 6 since then.
We did 4 from Letaba, and 2 from others camps.

Letaba is now our Bush walk location.
On our last trip, we did no drives from Letaba, but 2 walks instead, along with no walks in any other camp.

The difference we found betweem the walks from Letaba, and the other camps, was just the attention to detail.
When we did a walk from Satara, we walked looking for game on foot, and stopped maybe twice in the whole walk to talk about the smaller things.
We saw no game, so the walk fell flat on its face really.

However from Letaba, the guides (we did 2 with Saskia and 2 with Jacques) talk about the smaller things on the ground, and about things you can't see from the car, bird calls, interesting plants, foot prints, rubbing posts, dung etc.

The result was that on 2 of the walks we saw game (Elephant, buffalo, Rhino, zebra) and on 2 we saw no big game, but we enjoyed all 4 and the times just flies while you out there.

I would recommend the walks at Letaba above most activities in tha park.

That said, I find any activity in Kruger like Pizza. when it is good, its great.
And when not so good, its still pretty good.


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 Post subject: Morning Walks
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Hi All :dance:

As will be seen by my itinerary below, The good woman and I will be leaving for 3 weeeks of bliss in the KNP in a months time.

Last year we were there for 2 weeks and did a morning walk at Satara which we thoroughly enjoyed. This time we would like to do a morning walk whilst we are staying at Balule - I read somewhere that you can do a morning river walk here - is this correct. Where are the other good places for morning walks? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Morning Walks
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DSouter, the morning river walk leaves from Olifants. It is quite a bit shorter than the ordinary morning walks, and leaves when the morning walk returns. SO and I did the river walk earlier this year (with Duke Ellieton and Sharifa) and I can recommend it, especially if you are a birder (and looking for the Pels Fishing Owl).

We drove to Olifants, but then drove straight back to Balule. If you speak to the staff at Olifants I'm sure you can arrange to be picked up from Balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Morning Walks
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:34 pm 
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DuQues wrote:
You can simply book the walk at Olifants. That morning you'll be picked up at Balule. (It leaves earlier than you are allowed out of the gate, so you'd never get to Olifants camp in time.)
It's a great walk, do keep your eyes out for Pels fishing owl!

DuQues, the river walk leaves at about 10h00 I think.

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Okay - maybe we will do the river walk at balule and a morning walk somewhere else.
I think that's a nice idea.

I must add that I haven't done a morning walk from Olifants, so can't comment on how similar or different it is to the river walk

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 Post subject: Re: Ambush
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:18 am 
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dino123 wrote:
That is my main fear of going on a walk through the bush .. What are you thoughts on this?

I'm not sure if you're serious but assuming that you are, I'd suggest that your chance of dying on the road to Kruger is greater than being attacked on a bush walk.
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I believe there is two guides with rifles, one in the front and one in the back guiding people .

Actually the two armed people are in the front of the file.
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What are you thoughts on this?

Bush walks have been the highlight of our time in Kruger.
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it is very unfair if an animal should be shot because people are walking in their territory.

The rangers and trackers that I've encountered respect and value the animals and so do everything possible to avoid any animal-human confrontations. Such confrontations on bush walks are minimal based on the available information.


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 Post subject: Re: Ambush
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Hi dino123

Last week I did a guided walk in Kruger for the first time :big_eyes: :) I had always been really nervous to do one. Had similar thoughts to you and plenty "what if's"

The minute we stepped off the vehicle and the guides had completed their brief, I was totally comfortable with the whole situation. They are totally in control and if you take their instructions seriously I honestly don't think you have anything to worry about. They are so in tune with the bush. I don't believe they will ever put anyone in danger.

I can only echo what tletter has already said
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The rangers and trackers that I've encountered respect and value the animals and so do everything possible to avoid any animal-human confrontations. Such confrontations on bush walks are minimal based on the available information.


I did a morning walk from Orpen with Thomas and Chester and they were great.

Try it sometime, it's an awesome experience :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Ambush
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I thought the guides were there to shoot the walkers in order to protect the wildlife. Think about it, you only have to shoot 1 maybe 2 to satisfy a pride of lions. :sniper:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


....and I am told the paperwork is a lot less that if you shoot an animal!

But seriously, we train to use our rifles quickly and accurately if necessary - but the main focus of our training is being able to avoid that kind of situation and staying safe.

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 Post subject: Re: Ambush
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:43 am 
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Having a good giggle at some of you here :lol:

We have done many walks, and always felt, and been very safe.
As EJ says, the guides are trained to avoid getting the group into any serious situations in the first place. Obviously, no matter how bush wise one is, there is always the unknown.
But I really recommend to those of you who have not done a walk, to do one - just try it.

Some of the things that amaze me - is one can enter the bush at one point, walk all around for three hours, and exit from another direction but exactly where you entered.
The guides are trained not to get you lost.
And it is not like they walk the same path day after day.

The guides hearing is excellent and tuned into the bush sounds ... so is their sight.

We see only so much from our vehicles, once you are on the ground in the bush, it is amazing to see the tracks, the spoor and all the signs on the bush.
It always strikes me how a 'quiet' bush can actually have so much activity.

And remember the golden rule ... don't run :twisted:

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