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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread post by hilda » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:22 am

I have always been wondering about these morning walks.
How many people are there normally in a group?
What will happen if you accidentally step on a sleeping lion's tail and it attacks you?
Will the poor animal be shot because I wanted to walk in his territory?
What if a leopard jumps out of a tree onto someone walking in the bush and starts eating that person?
It will definitely also being shot.
In short, how safe are there morning walks for the animals in the bush?
Just asking.
I will never do it, I am too scared!
And I also don't want any animal killed because I was walking in his/her territory. :hmz:
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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread post by Rookie2009 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:09 pm

There are normally 8 people on the walk plus two guids that walk in front of you.
Doing our walk in LS we never felt unsafe and the guides respected nature and animals all the time.
Irving - our guys - told us that they run sometimes into sleeping lions and they usually run away.
If an animals attacks you, shooting at them is the last choice - there are lot of other possibilities
to solve this problem. E.G Irving does about 100 walks a year and never had to shoot...
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Re: Morning Walk at Orpen or Lower Sabie?

Unread post by Mads » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:00 pm

My vote is also on Lower Sabie... though the bush is thick and lush at the moment... I am not sure if it is the same in the Orpen area??
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Re: Shimuwini

Unread post by jaybabe » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:43 pm

Hi OldAlsation
Welcome to the forum. We did a morning walk at Shimulwini in September '10 and I must say it was one of the best walks we had ever done! Johan who led the walk was outstanding. I would call the camp and book in advance because they don't seem to offer the walk every day.
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Re: Shimuwini

Unread post by threedogs » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:34 am

We also did a morning walk at Shimuwini late August '10 and it was a highlight of our stay in KNP. Can't remember the name of the guide leader but both guides were very polite, informative and friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy their job. Plan to do another walk next trip this September!

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Re: Shimuwini

Unread post by michellev » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:56 am

Dear OldAlsation

Yes, Shimuwini does offer bushwalks. Please e-mail the Hospitality Service Manager, Johann Mdluli with your reservation details and he will be able to pre-book for you on:

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Recommendation needed - Morning walks

Unread post by Andreas_79 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:40 pm

Hi forumites,

as my trip is getting closer and closer and i want to book a few drives and a walk in advance. I am wondering where the best place (regarding to my itinerary) is to do a morning walk.

As i will stay at Lower Sabie, Satara and Letaba for two nights i will limit the choice to one of these camps. I already asked Martie from Lower Sabie at the Lower Sabie Sightings thread about her walks but it would be nice to hear from your experiences here.

I can imagine that a walk in KNP will be a nice experience anyway and that it might be difficult to compare the walks. And if i wouldn´t have to keep an eye on my budget i would do walks and drives everywhere. But this time i am on a budget...... :wink:

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Re: Recommendation needed - Morning walks

Unread post by mel123 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:52 pm

I've been on morning walks in Lower Sabie and Satara and would definitely recommend Lower Sabie. We found a couple of black rhino and it was very exciting and informative!

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day-hikes in Kruger?

Unread post by Bushbuck » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:15 am

We are on our way to Kruger, the following camps are booked: Satara, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Skukuza. At Shingwedzi we have booked three nights. Does anyone know whether day-hiking trails are offered there? To walk through the bush for a couple of hours with a ranger would be very special.

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Re: day-hikes in Kruger?

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:40 pm

Contact the camp itself for information. Each camp tends to do things a little differently at times, so it is best to get it straight from them.

There are hiking trails available, but these are overnight trails booked in the same way as other camps - only much longer in advance as they get booked up quickly! Most are for 3 nights.
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Re: best camps for bush walks?

Unread post by federal » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Do you know for why reasons KNP staff chose some place for a bush walk and no other.
What happens if there is a close encounter with dangerous game as a pride of lions for example?
They try to avoid some game in a bush walk?

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Re: best camps for bush walks?

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:11 pm

You can actually get very close to lions and the likes, but then the rangers are surprised. They do try to stay at a safe distance of any animal, not only for safety, but also not to disturb them.

I loved the walk at Olifants...
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Re: best camps for bush walks?

Unread post by kemit » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:16 pm

Would I have difficulty booking a walk the next day in Olifants or anywhere in the park during the first week of July?
The park seems full as there are no accommodations so I'm unsure when to book.
I was told I have to book when I arrive at the park.

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Re: best camps for bush walks?

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:26 pm

What you can do is call the camp the day before arriving there.

I travelled in August and I called Letaba from Mopani the day before and was told there was plenty of space on the walk. Full camp does not necessarily mean that the walks are sold too.
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Re: best camps for bush walks?

Unread post by Daffy » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:47 pm

We did a walk in Letaba with Saskia and her colleague.
Just the 4 of us.
Had a close encounter with rhino with baby, ellie, some general game and even a honey badger.
Even the guides got were quite excited with the last one.
We had a grand time that morning.
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