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Unread post by Nico » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:14 pm

These three little video,s is about one Bush Walk near Olifants with Jumbo and Paul. We were at a Hippo kill with 26 Hyena's and had a lunch break there. We called it Hyena Inn and the smell was horrible but it was an amazing time that we had with the Hyena's. :wink:

Part One!!!

Part Two!!!

Part Three!!!

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Unread post by Nico » Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:21 pm

Bush Walk near Shimuwini with the field guides Cobus and Gerhardt. We didn,t saw much but still it was a great experience. :wink:

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Unread post by Nico » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:40 pm

In this Bush Walk video, we met "Stompi" the Elephant that has no tail. It was a great walk with the field guides Jumbo and Paul as always. :wink:

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Unread post by maddie2312 » Thu May 29, 2008 8:29 pm

Hi Josh,
I'm afraid that the morning walks leave usually at least half an hour before the Park gates open :cry:
I did one last week at Skukuza and we met at 5.15 and left at 5.30am before gates at 6am.
All might not be lost however as the accommodation availability changes daily.
You also have to drive to your starting location and we saw two male lions right beside us playing around and 2 rhino before we got off.
This really build your excitement.
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Unread post by EricExSA » Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:37 am

In November 2007 I had my leg amputated.
I will be in SA this November.
I have never been on a night walk.
I have a prosthetic leg and can walk ok.
My question is at what pace do this walks go?
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Unread post by maddie2312 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:02 am

Hi there,

I would agree the walks are brisk... definitely not a leisurely stroll. On our last one we covered 6.2km. You do stop to look at things and have about a 15 minute break. The ground can be uneven and on my first walk we had to divert quickly down and up a steep river banking to avoid a large pride of lions! Average fitness is fine. It might be worth speaking to someone when you first arrive as they go to different places each day and the guide will be able to tell you what it will be like so you can make your mind up. It is a great experience so definitely worth a try.
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Unread post by sandiem » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:53 pm

I went on a couple of walks last time we were in the park for a couple of weeks....

One in Olifants and one at Mopani.

Both times the ranger assessed the group and since most of ours were 70+ in age we set of at an easy pace with several stops along the way when he pointed out various calls from several animals, and we also learned of some of the local folk lore about the Hippos.......... At Olifants we had an encounter with a buffalo that we came across at the river in the bushes, we were given stern instructions, all did as we were told and everyone was safe.

In Mopani we were cut off from our path by about 30+ elephants that were at the dam all day and had to scout around them making our walk a good 45 minutes longer than anticipated. I didn't at any time feel threatened in any way or feel in danger.

All in all I wouldn't have missed either walks and have already booked several in advance for when we are visiting again in September. Also we have booked the astronomy drive at Olifants. Has anyone been on this?

Give it a go whatever you physical capabilities, I think the rangers want everyone to get the full experience and will tailor your walk according to who they have in the party. I suppose the answer is......... meet the rangers and ask before you book but don't miss out on this valuable experience that you will probably never get the chance to do anywhere else! These guys are experts their knowledge knows no bounds and they leave you with a sense of wonder when you return.....

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Unread post by Tlou » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:49 am

Hi EricExSA

My husband and I have just returned from having spent 4 nights at Mopani camp.
We went on a morning walk which lasts for about 4 hours at a fairly brisk pace.
The guides do stop every so often to explain something to you or if they have heard something.
Some parts are open and flat, but for the most part one has to dodge branches, step over small bushes and rocks and bend under some bushes.
Depends where the guides take you, there may be dry mud holes which may have large cracks.
The terrain can incline and decline and one would have to climb up or climb down.
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Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:56 pm

Hi Eric

Speak to the guide the day before the walk.
They have a choice where to walk and can choose an area that is not that difficult to walk in.
I know for instance that we have an area near Crocodile Bridge, which offers real easy walks.
Camps such as Satara and Lower Sabie should also have "easy" areas, while Berg-en-Dal and Pretoriuskop might require more stamina for going up and down.

Each walk and each guide differs.
Some walk a lot, while others talk a lot!

The walks should not be too fast, nothing more than a brisk walking pace, and even that only for short distances.

Running is not an option in the bush, especially from lion, so do not worry about that.

The basics is that you will have to convince the guide that
a. It is OK for your own and the other guests safety to take you along and
b. that you will not spoil the other guests experience by not being able to keep up or finish the walk.

Go for it!


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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:06 am

Hi EricExSA
I went to a morning walk (Berg en Dale with Lourens :D ). I'm over 60... and some problems of mobility... I walk, not fast... but I walk.
The most difficult are the rocks (little rocks or big stones :| ) we have to continuously watch where we put the feet. These morning by chance... another "lucky" guest seems to be older than me...I thinked... but ran over the stones :twisted:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:21 am

I've once walked in rocky sandals. Any shoe comfortable to walk in would be good.

As for the area. I've heard good report backs from a place like Orpen. If one reads Jannie's book you would also see that the Orpen area seems to be a great place to walk in.

Pretoriuskop area for me is very scenic.

And I've always wanted to walk in the Croc Bridge area but haven't yet.

If I were you, I would pick 3 numbers, one for each of the three areas you think about walking, on the dartboard, close my eyes and throw a dart. The number the dart gets closest to, do that one!
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Unread post by Joe Jackson » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:33 pm

Ok, I get it: a walk in the bush is great anywhere you go.
And since sightings are a question of "right place/right time," you can't say "walk here to encounter ellies" :shock: or "walk here to encounter lions" :big_eyes:

But are there differences in terrain that might lead you to choose one place for a walk rather than another?
My mom [75!] can manage a 5k walk just fine, so long as the terrain is not too difficult.
If it's 8k, she'd probably go for it, but be wiped out the next day.
(I saw one post in the Guided Walks topic that said the guides make adjustments to accommodate the walkers' capabilities, but in Wilderness Trails FAQ Wildtuinman says other guests on the walk will be frustrated if you need a cane to get around.)

And what about the guides?
Are they all pretty good, or are there some to seek out specially?
After reading some of Louren's reports, I'm inclined to make sure I get to Phalaborwa Gate just to have a chance to walk with him!

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Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:48 am

Yes, it is important that one should be mobile when doing a walk, as not to frustrate other people.
But that does not mean that you must be an athlete!
Anybody with reasonable mobility and fitness can do a walk.
The walks are not designed to be tiring, rather to expose people to the bush experience.

The guides should take the group in to account when walking.
If you are worried about terrain, have a talk with the guides beforehand.
They can then choose a suitable route.

Guides do differ in style, communication ability and knowledge.
I do not think that one should seek out one particular guide.
Taste differ, and much of the experience is in the bush itself.
A good guide does make a difference though!
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Unread post by Maargat G » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:27 pm

Well after reading all this i am also green with jealousy!!
The two morning walks I've been on don't even come close to this!!
The first one i did was at LS and uneventful and we saw very little but it didn't matter to me as I wasn't out there to see animals.
I wanted to be in the bush and learnt a huge amount of the trees and spiders Irwing(the one guide- i cant remember the other) told us about.

The second was at Skukuza last year December and there we had to run for our lives as we walked into 3 white rhinos and we were clearly in their way of going!!!
what disappointed me was that the guide ran faster than any of us and the other were out doing a no 1 when the rhinos stormed past him!!!
well I can say it was a bit of an adrenalin rush and to see the guide that took a toilet break face!!!!
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Unread post by leelee » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:24 pm

I have been on many trails (think I can give WTM a go!) and were charged numerously by lions and ellies and rhino - always because we surprised the animals by walking down wind and not due to arrogant rangers / hikers.
The rangers had to shoot warning shots on four different occasions (and walks), but unfortunately they had to shoot and kill a charging rhino bull on our Napi trail in December '04.
It was a very bad and sad experience :( . I just love the bush and prefer the walks any day above a normal 'car visit' and trust that I will never have to witness such a tragedy again.
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