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Guided walk

Unread postby Yahya » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Hi All
Need some advice: I'll be staying outside kruger Gate this long weekend... was thinking of doing a guided walk from the gate:
Can some tell me is it better to do a morning or afternoon walk- apparently the afternoon walk starts at 3 and is 2 hours longs. How hot is it at 3pm this time of the year.
Also ,what is the cost of a game drive for Pk Gate ,i cant seem to find any costing here..

Thanks in advance
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Re: Guided walk

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:18 pm

some gates do have walks for outside visitors at an extra cost. I know Malelane, and Croc Bridge for a start..... The best is to contact the gate and ask them if they do them and the costs.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread postby vinkie » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:21 pm

normana53 wrote:If I remember correctly, the morning walks start before gate opening, so you would have to be staying in the camp to book it.


That's correct, but ....maybe it is possible to do a drive from one of the Gates without staying in the park... :hmz:
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Re: Bush walk advice

Unread postby norms » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Hi ekoppen -

I would defiantly do the river walk at Olifants - A must if you are staying there. The morning walk is great.

Satara is a good area as well and I have had many good walks there.

Lower Sabie is a good area to walk and the guides are very knowledgeable.

It is not only about seeing animals on the walks, but just being out there in the bush on foot is a fantastic experience on its own.

Whichever walk or two you decide on - Enjoy!!
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Re: Bush walk advice

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:01 pm

norms wrote:I would defiantly do the river walk at Olifants

Defiantly even! :lol:

But yes, that walk is a very good one. But on any walk do not hope for large animals. You might see them, but from the car you will see them better as you can get way closer.
Walks are about plants, spiders, the little things. And drinking in the feeling of walking in Kruger.

And having said that, I will give the same advice as ever, do not prebook.
You have no idea how you will feel at a certain date, aside from weather problems. If you feel up to it, just pop into reception and book it for the following day.
If you are too tired (spotting does take a lot out of you!), or it is raining cats & dogs, or too hot, you simply let it slide. To the next camp, or the next holiday.
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Re: Bush walk advice

Unread postby ekoppen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:33 pm

Apex Predator wrote:Hi Ed,

We had a bush walk in Satara in 2011.
It was our first bush walk ever and it was exiting!!!

We saw different game, small animals, plants and we stood eye to eye with a pack of lions :shock: :lol:

It was a beautiful and educating walk and i would like to do this again and again.... :)

enjoy your trip and walk!

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Re: Bush walk advice

Unread postby Porridge » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:38 am

Quite frankly, I cannot recommend the walks highly enough!!! I have done many, out of most of the camps (even a few when we were at Sand River camp a few years ago :whistle: ) The animals are much more wary of you when you're on foot, but that said, we were 10 metres away from a lioness and her 3 cubs 3 or 4 years ago, and she was not a happy girl at all!! I will never forget the growl that makes your internal organs vibrate and turns your legs to jelly ... sjoe!

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread postby DrPhil » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:17 pm

Vinkie, I have my HD video camera that is noiseless and can take 5MPi still photos. My Natural coloured clothes and my camo Binocs :cam:
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread postby vinkie » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:35 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:I would take half a litre of liquid Phil.

Sometime in the walk you take a break and the no 2 guide brings out crackers, cheese and liquifruit - or they did on my walks.


Jip they did that last year too...nice have a short break in the Wild. 8)
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Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby krausimausi » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:53 am

Hi,

we will be in Kruger Nationalpark in Feb/March 2013 and drive from North to South when the roads are ok until then.
And we would like to go on a Morning Walk. Which Camp would you recommend for a Guided Walk?

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:27 am

Hi there krausimausi

Firstly, I am really envious that you have this opportunity to go from North to South. It is our dream, but we never have time to do a trip like that.

We have done 11 or 12 walks over the years and we find the walks from Letaba to be the best of the walks we’ve taken. I am told that walks from Olifants are also brilliant, but we have not done one from there so cannot comment from personal experience.

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:51 am

Morning LL

May I ask why you found Letaba to be your best walks?
I'm curious because of the lack of wildlife up north do you see more on foot than in vehicle?
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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby bert » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:29 am

I have done most of them
Because its summer the grass is high so the Satara area is the best for walking at this time of year imo
But they are all unique and special :thumbs_up:
Second on my list is Lower Sabie

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:02 am

Hi Sheenaugh-Lee
Any walk out in the wild is great, however, we find its because of less game in that area that the walk is better (And I am assuming the same for Olifants)

When we have done the walk in “game rich areas” most of the walks seem to be in search of game. In all we have done it just seemed more like a chase for a sighting on foot with very little talking. I think on our last morning walk from Satara, we stopped a total of maybe 3 times to talk about whats around us.

From Letaba, because there is less game, the walks focus on the small things. We stop and talk about trees, plants, insects, animal tracks and dung. They are very interactive and the time just flies. The walk is over before you know it, and there is that feeling of “I don’t want this to be over” We have learned so much on these walks, and learning more every time we go out.

That said, we have been very lucky with game on walks in the Letaba area. On our first, 2 dugga males on foot. They gave us a mock charge then gave us that look that only buffalos can give. We’ve seen large male elephant from an elevated position of course, came up to within 15 – 20 meter from a white Rhino and baby, zebra, giraffes etc.

So, in our opinion, if time is an issue, we only chose the walks in Letaba. If we have more times we do more walks, but Letaba is always booked first.
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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:28 pm

I have only done 2 walks - both from Letaba, so I cannot comment on the best.

But I agree with LL. We walked about 7 km of each occasion and stopped often to look at things you would just drive past, and look at birds.

On one, we managed to get close to 3 white rhino before I scared them off, and the other, we walked through a herd of relaxed buff, after their curiosity was satisfied. We also got downwind of a big bull ele that didn't know we were there.

I also view it as an experience rather than to chase animals.

On both occasions the guides were excellent.
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