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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by normana53 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:31 am

I am not sure about the bush camps. When we stayed at Biyamiti they didn't have anyone available for a walk, but we did a couple of Drives. On an early morning drive we had a blackie walk right up to the vehicle, within 1 to 2 metres. Just the ranger, Torticat and I.
Bush walks are, like game drives hit or miss, you might not see any animals, but you also might see spectacular things. On our very first walk we were over half way into the walk before we saw anything more than a few insects. we came to a waterhole and surprised two lions, who disappeared so quickly that we didn't even get a picture. But as great as a sighting like that, being out in the bush where no one else can go, is an amazing experience, and all of the guides we have been with stop to show and tell at interesting plants, spoor, scat, and other things. On one, the guides even indulged Torticat while she made plaster casts of Lion footprints!
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by pknight » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:19 pm

We are visiting KNP for six nights in August 2014. We have booked a morning walk at Olifants. We also want to book a walk at Crocodile Bridge. What do you recommend for Crocodile Bridge - based on your experience - booking another morning walk or booking an afternoon walk?

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:29 pm

Croc Bridge is a game rich area. I prefer morning walks. You get out before everyone else.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by normana53 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:21 pm

We prefer the morning walks as well. This time of year it is also good to get done before it gets too hot.
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Re: First time morning walk, which camp?

Unread post by 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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Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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}

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Re: Morning Walk - Satara or Olifants?

Unread post by 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 post by 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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Re: Early Morning Walk

Unread post by Porridge » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:02 am

I've walked out of all these camps, and my top 3 are:

1. Olifants
2. Lower Sabie
3. Satara

The others are also fabulous, but those would be my picks.
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when to book morning walk/Sunset drive- fitness certificate

Unread post by ddcool » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:27 pm

First time ever to Kruger and South Africa and only a month to go ! WE will be in Kruger for 3 nights. Arrive at Nespruit airport noon Sept 16th and have booked a night at Lower Sabie. The 2nd night is Satara and last Skukuza. From there we drive to JNB airport. I would like to book both a morning walk and sunset drive. I have read that the rangers can make or break the experience. Any recommendations based on those dates? I think there will be plenty to do at Skukuza so I was thinking morning walk on the 17th am from Lower Sabie and maybe sunset drive from Satara. One of our party members is 66 and we are wondering what kind of fitness cert is required. Would they even have a record of her age? She looks 45.
thanks !

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Re: when to book morning walk/Sunset drive- fitness certific

Unread post by saraf » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:40 pm

Hi ddcool, welcome to the forum.

You may want to check with each camp about what time the walks are due to return as you have to vacate your accommodation by 10am. I think they return by 9am but best to be certain. I would personally prefer the walk from the middle day - you may need a lie - in on your first morning.

And I would treat myself to a drive on my last evening in the park but I had a bad experience once at Skukuza and vowed never again from there.

As for fitness - your friend will need to provide a letter from her GP, she will be asked to provide her passport when checking in and to fill out an indemnity form and that asks for Date of Birth, if I remember correctly.
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Re: when to book morning walk/Sunset drive- fitness certific

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:40 am

I cannot see that it is going to pose a problem. They are only really strict on the trails.
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Re: when to book morning walk/Sunset drive- fitness certific

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:50 am

Warm welcome ddcool! :clap:

I know there is a limit of age 65 and a medical certificate needed for the trails but I don't see any restriction in the Guided Walks
so maybe its like MM says.


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