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Re: Game drives and guided walks

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Re: Info: walks and game drives taken from camps

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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