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Unread post by ndloti » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:20 pm

I have mentioned this on other threads , but to me it was very special and perhaps worth sharing .
We were able to walk one Nov in the Lindanda plains area to the east of the S35 . The area was literally crawling with plains game , many small herds of zebra , wildebeest , impala etc , apparently they congregate in the area at that time of the year for a mini migration to Lower Sabie area .
What was different was that contrary to my experience , the animals showed little fear of us , just snorting , not fleeing , perhaps due to us being visible from afar and that we kept moving .
In the same area we came across a lone black rhino in the open and we were able to view from about 200 metres for a good 10 minutes without it being aware of us .
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Re: Drives & Walks

Unread post by Safrica » Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:37 pm

I was wondering if there is also a regular bush walk (just for a couple of hours) from Olifants Camp along the Olifants River?

I think I can remember about reading something about this...
Or am I confusing this with the Olifants River Back-Pack trail which lasts 4 days? - haven`t got enough time to do that this trip
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Re: Drives & Walks

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:47 pm

Hi Safrica,

there is indeed a river walk which will done via the Olifants camp but same is not that long (1 1/2 hours). The morning walk will take up to 4 hours but they will not walk along the Olifants river but nevertheless both walks are highly recommendable. :thumbs_up:

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Re: How long are the walks

Unread post by Peter Betts » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:48 pm

The walks at this time of the day start at 05h30 and you leave the camp in a open vehicle with your 2 Guides who would typically be qualified with SKS DG including Advanced rifle handling.
You drive to a spot in the section where your camp is situated and this could be an area of 103000 hectares (Mooiplaas section) or 66000 hectares in Letaba section as an example.
The vehicle is parked and the walkers are briefed and questioned and the walk commences at about 06h15 and finishes about 09h30 and back in camp about 10h00 having walked (in my experience) between 3 kms and 8 kms once when we got onto the trail of a lion at Bangu right at the beginning and the 4 of us pushed it tracking hard until we caught up with the Male.
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Re: How long are the walks

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:28 pm

Hi gsquaredb, the walks are most likely to start very early in the mornings in January so one walks in the cool of the day. In winter they set off from camp at 05:30 in the pitch dark in the game vehicle which takes you to the area you will walk in.

They take the groups to different areas so as not to impact too heavily on the bush. We walked in an area in Letaba they only walk in once a month.

The entire activity - drive out and back and walk lasts about 3-3.5 hours.

We have four guides from Kruger that post regularly on the forum - I am sure they will be happy to answer any questions you have!

Have a look here at the first four topics
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Re: How long are the walks

Unread post by DuQues » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:30 am

If you get charged by an animal, which incidentally happens, not often, you stay where you are and listen to the guides. Nothing else!

Out of those 3 I would choose Lower Sabie, but that's because I like the vegetation there. There are 4 guides regulary posting about their walks and nightdrives, look them up, Dinkybird made a link a few posts back.

Clothing: depends on the weather of course, but in the morning it can be quite cold, so a vest will be handy. Sturdy shoes are a must, no slippers, and I would wear jeans. You're walking gametrails, so expect tough grass, small branches, brambles etc to reach out to your legs. And there might be dew on them.
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Re: How long are the walks

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:53 am

Hi Yolandé,

Treating yourself to a walking experience is a must. Here are some tips from me. I have done a good few walks over the years, and never been in danger on any :D In a SANPark, one is only sent out with very experienced guides who are highly trained.

The drive out in the truck can be very chilly - go prepared.

You are given strict instructions how to behave on the walk - follow them.

Wear comfortable clothing - and if it is chilly, layer your clothing because as you walk, you will get hot.

Wear long pants and comfy takkies/sneakers/walking shoes. I have walked in shorts, and been fine. Just ended up with a few scratches on my legs.

Take a backpack with some water for along the way. The guides will provide a light snack during the walk.

On the last two walks we did, we came across rhino, and with the experience of the guides, the rhino were not at all bothered by us. We kept a safe distance, kept downwind of them and all was fine.

Don't go on a walk expecting to see many animals. Rather go along to experience being out in the bush on foot, being able to listen to the sounds of the bush and to learn about the little things in the bush.

Something that totally amazes me is when one sets off, if the guides hear an animal close by - one is taken within a safe distance of it. So - there is no set path the walk follows, and yet in the end, the guides bring you out the bush, right at the truck.

The pace of the walks differ from walk to walk and guide to guide. And they also take the group into consideration.

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Re: How long are the walks

Unread post by MJ » Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:14 am

Coming from the guide side in Kruger, first thing first… a guide can never say when a walk would be back and for how long are going to walk.
I’m working for 10 months in Kruger now and not one day was the same.
In Lower Sabie our walks are between 4 -5 hours because our walking areas are all quite far from camp and it takes us a while to get there, because we want to give you that wilderness feeling.

Then again in January we leave at half past 4, a half an hour after the morning drive.
A walk is also more about the smaller things in life; it is not only about the big 5 and special animals but the smaller things in life that you won’t be able to see in your car.
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Skukuza morning walk

Unread post by Mars » Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:11 pm

We were on a morning walk I think It might have been 19 Oct 08 if my date is correct.
We had the best ever leopard sighting.
On the way to where we are going to walk were two leopards busy mating.
They were walking around, ''touching'' each other, calling each other and sharpening nails and walked against each other from one side of the road, then in the road then the other side then back again and so on.
We watched them for a while and the game ranger said it's his best ever leopard sighting and he is in the park for 19 years.

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Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by Be@home » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:44 pm

My SO and I are planning our first morning walk and we need some general advice with regards to the following:

1. Fitness level - how far, how long and at what pace do we walk? (if my SO tag me along at the mall for 3 hours, will I keep up with her in the bush? :huh: )

2. Shoes - Do I need proper walking boots or will my flip-flops do?

3. Clothing - Long pants (to keep the bugs out) or short (incase I need to run), hat, etc.

4. General - Do I take water and snacks along? (what about an umbrella, camera, amarula, medical kit, cellphone, etc. etc?)

I'll rather ask the silly question here than be caught doing silly things in the bush....(like spilling the Amarula while talking on the cell! :big_eyes: )
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Re: Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:03 pm

I've been on 2 from Olifants Camp so here goes: I'm far from fit or thin and had no trouble at all keeping up and enjoying the experience. You may take along snacks or water. I used a daybackpack on both occasions. Although snacks were provided on the first walk, it rained during the second. I used walking shoes on both. Flip-flops will not be comfortable in the bush. Long pants or shorts - up to you. I always wear greens or browns, no bright Hawaiin shirts. Take with your camera, binoculars and a hat. Have fun. It's an awesome experience. 8)
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Re: Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by nature guy » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:04 pm

Hi

Hope u enjoy the bush walk its amazing every time
1) The pace of the walk and the distance is accordingly to the unfit person in the group
2) Long pants helps with scratces and ticks
3) And u will never run

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Re: Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by Lourens » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:19 pm

:D Good day,

The walks from all the camps in Kruger is about 3 hours long but sometimes 3.5 to 4 hours. (That includes the drive to the walking area, the walk, the break on the walk and the drive back to the camp)

NOT TO DO:

It is recommended to wear NO bright colour clothes,

NO ALCOHOL allowed,

NOT to talk while walking (it spoils the experience, and for safety to pick up warning signs of dangerous animals in the area).

The only thing you bring back to the vehicle is your pictures and the only thing you leave in the bush is your footprints...

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

VERY IMPORTANT to understand ENGLISH,

CLOSED SHOES works better.

LONG PANTS are recommended,

HAT for if it is hot,

SNACKS are provided, but water can be brought with.

Camera and Binoculars can be taken as well.

The walks is a nice stroll through undisturbed bush, stopping talking about small things, but I would be careful to go if I am over 60 and not fit.

Hope it answers some of your questions.

p.s. please listen to the guides at all times and they will try their best to keep you safe and bring you back to the vehicle safely. (It sounds like a death trap, hey? It is not, it is lifetime experience).

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Re: Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by Mars » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:50 pm

Lourens mentioned all the important things. I would like to add - don't be afraid to go on the walk people like Lourens will get you in one piece back to the truck :)

Really it is a great experience and nothing to be afraid off. It does help to be a little bit fit... Each walk will differ a bit. (Have been on many many walks) Our last walk was at skukuza about 3 weeks ago and according to the guide we walked about 5 km in total. We heard some lion and elephant sounds the moment we climbed out of the truck :big_eyes:

And you see all the little things that you cant see from the road and so far on every walk I learned something new about the bush. you will stop half way for something to drink and some snacks which include provita, cheese and biltong.

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Re: Morning walks - General advice

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:55 pm

I would recommend that you ask the group to be totally silent as far as talking is concerned , it helps the guide to concentrate on the possible warning sounds , and also for you to hear the undiluted sounds of nature , and this is also applicable when one stops for breaks .
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