4 Day Kruger Experience - Sleep Out & Walking
This is our most adventurous Kruger tour. Spend your nights sleeping under the African sky and spot African wildlife on foot during multiple bush walks accompanied by an armed ranger. You can give your feet a rest during a full day spent in Kruger on an open game viewer.
- Transport to and from Johannesburg Airport
- 3 nights sleeping out under the African sky
- 3 hour sunset drive on Balule Big 5 Reserve
- Bush braai at Marula Tree Boma
- Total of 8 hours bush walks in 3 different locations
- Full day in Kruger on open game viewer
- Scenic highlights of Blyde River Canyon including Three Rondavels
- 3 dinners
- 3 breakfasts
The price for this tour is ZAR 8200 p.p.
We collect you from your hostel, hotel or the airport by 09h00 and drive to Tremisana Lodge. In the afternoon we enjoy a sunset drive on an open land cruiser. For dinner we serve you a bush BBQ at Marula Boma afterwards. You sleep out on comfortable mattresses around the fire while listening to hyenas, lions and sounds of the African bush.
After a 2h walk with coffee and crackers you are provided with breakfast. We continue the day with a 3h walk to the Olifants River,before driving to the beautiful Campfire Bush Camp for lunch and siesta. In the afternoon we head off for another 3h walk. Dinner and sleep out is at Campfire.
We drive to Tremisana Lodge for breakfast and spend the full day on a Kruger Park safari on an open sided vehicle. In the evening we return to Marc’s Camp for dinner and overnight under the African sky.
Start the day with a 1h walk along the Klaserie River accompanied by an armed ranger. After breakfast, we show you the scenic highlights of Blyde River Canyon including the Three Rondavels and then return to Johannesburg at around 17h00.
There are many other activities to do around the Kruger area. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in booking any of the activities mentioned below, please contact us on [email protected] and we will send you more information and rates.
Set out on a quad bike along beautiful trails, winding your way through the thick bush of the Sabie Valley. Discover the beauty of the region, passing through lush plantations and into the African bush. The tour is led by a qualified guide who will help you identify the local birdlife and any animals encountered. At the end, rest in the dappled shade of a tree overlooking one of the regions picturesque waterfalls and have a refreshing, tasty picnic lunch.
- Duration: between 2 to 3 hours with several stops to rest and take in the scenic views over the Sabie River.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The lower-Sabie River is one of the best introductions newbie’s can have to white water rafting. Anyone can take part, including children, depending on the level of the water. The trips take place on inflatable rafts, and groups can range in size up to 40 people. The course covers 8km and is suitable for novice rafters. There are 20 rapids, the hardest of which is grade 3, which is considered easy. The excursion is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the river and spot some of the many different species of birds which live in the area. There will be moments in-between the rapids where you can swim in the clean water and attempt to wave surf and boogie board. This is a fun day out for families especially those with teenagers! At the end you will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch.
- Includes lunch and all safety equipment
Challenge yourself by abseiling down Makuhlu, a 27 metre boulder that is perfect for abseiling. Hike up the back of the mountain and enjoy sweeping views of the Sabie River into the Kruger National Park before securely attaching yourself to the guide rope and bounding down the rock face for a thrilling experience.
- All safety equipment is provided
South Africa offers some of the best zip line experiences in the World. Imagine speeding out into the air at speeds of up to 100km per hour, and over 77 meters off the ground. Feel the rush and hear the wind whistling in your ears as you rush towards the ground. This is a great addition to a safari in the Kruger National Park.
- All safety equipment is provided
Mountain boarding is like skate-boarding down the mountainside in the manner of sand boarding, just with a few more obstacles. This is a thrilling adventure for adrenaline seekers looking for something completely different. The activity takes place on forestry roads and you pass through some scenic forests. You will start with a training session on the gentle grass slopes to help you find your balance before taking on the more rugged mountain paths. It is recommended that you bring along some old clothes that you dont mind getting dirty for this activity.
- Safety helmets and pads are provided
AFRICAN CULTURE SHANGANA
Immerse yourself in the traditional culture of the Shangaan people of South Africa. Taste ethnic dishes, experience traditional dance and singing and meet the locals on a visit to Shangana. South Africa is known for its many vibrant cultures and any holiday in the country should include some aspect of culture. If you are on holiday near Kruger National Park you can visit Shangana, an authentic cultural village. The people who live there are enthusiastic about showing people their cultural traditions. Many consider this visit to be a highlight of their holiday. During a visit to the village you will have the chance to experience the authentic traditions of the Shangaan. The Shangaan people are related to the Tsonga people. They live in the area between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kruger National Park. There are tours conducted throughout the day by an English speaking guide. The guide will be from the village and usually speaks good English. They are very friendly, and are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. The tour starts at the entrance where there is a market that sells beautifully crafted traditional jewellery that the Chief’s wife and daughters make.
Learn about village life and meet the Chief
You will be lead down a fairly steep path to the Chief’s house. The guide will then speak about how to pay your respects to the Chief. All around you the rest of the family go about their traditional way of life. One of the women pounds maize, or makes peanut butter the traditional way. Watch how the women craft intricate beadwork creations – maybe even test your own skills at beading.
At the entrance there is a craft shop where you can buy beautifully crafted souvenirs. A great bonus here is that you can often meet the person who crafted the necklace or carving that you want to buy. This village is a community initiative and all the proceeds benefit the local community. By visiting Shangana you are helping support the village – sustainable tourism at its best.
Try a traditional delicacy
If you are on an evening tour you can taste traditional delicacies such as fried Maize worms or Crocodile. The main meal is usually chicken – something more familiar that won’t have you feeling squeamish. The food is cooked in the traditional manner and even the children should find something that they like.
Dancing to a different beat
The real highlight of the evening has to be the entertainment. The show features a range of energetic traditional dance routines, accompanied by drumming and melodious singing. Many of the tribes of Africa have a strong tradition of song and oral storytelling. The high paced routines will leave you feeling breathless as they keep in perfect rhythm. The performances are often interactive and guests often join in with the song and dance. Pamphlets are handed out with translations so that you can follow the story. The evening often incorporates elements from their many myths and legends.
Spend the night in a traditional home
You can also choose to sleep overnight in the village in a guest hut. These are beautifully constructed out of clay and are thatched. You will sleep in the traditional African manner on a mat on the floor. It may not sound glamorous, but is more comfortable than you might think and will allow you to experience how many people throughout Africa live.
THE CHIMPANZEE EDEN
Come and meet our primate cousins while on holiday in South Africa. Visit the Chimp Eden near Nelspruit and encounter one of the rarest creatures in the world. This is one of the easiest ways to see Chimpanzees in a semi-wild habitat. Many people have seen Chimpanzees on Television, but few have the chance to see them in real life. The Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa is where the program Escape to Chimp Eden, shown on Animal Planet is filmed. You can visit the sanctuary and see these Chimps for yourself. The sanctuary is perhaps the easiest way to see Chimpanzees outside of a zoo. Two of these tours coincide with feeding time and you can watch the animals forage for food and treats. A visit to this sanctuary is one of the best ways to see Chimpanzees behaving naturally.
- Open daily
- There are guided tours offered three times a day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.
HIKE SABIE VALLEY
Many tourists miss some of South Africa’s best hiking routes which are just outside of the Kruger National Park. These day trips would make a great addition to a safari holiday. The Sabie River Valley offers some interesting hikes for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of various trails that pass through the Pine and Gum tree plantations and picturesque indigenous forest in the valley. This article is going to focus on the day trails that can be done in the area. However, there are several famous overnight trails in the area, the most famous of which is probably the Fanie Botha Trail.
The Loerie Trail
Perhaps the most famous of these must be the Loerie Trail. This route starts at the Castle Rock Caravan Park by the Bridal Veil Falls. It is a fairly challenging 10 km walk that passes several picturesque waterfalls, including Glynis and Elna Falls. It ascends the sides of the valley allowing you to take in the sweeping views. The final section of the route follows the beautiful Sabie River, and you might be lucky enough to see Hippo and Crocodiles. The trail is named after the beautiful green Knysna Loerie and you should keep a look out for them in the forests during your hike. There are many natural streams and during the rains many seasonal waterfalls and rare wildflowers, make this one of the most scenic hikes in the country. The water is bilharzia free, so pack your swimming costume and have a dip to cool off.
The Forest Falls Nature Walk
A shorter trail which is a great option for a family outing, perhaps with teenagers is the Forest Falls trail. It is a 4km circular route which leaves from the Green Heritage Picnic Site. This walk takes you through fragrant pine plantations, and into pristine low veldt bush. It continues along the Mac Mac River to the Forest Falls. The different trees along this route are all named, adding to the hike. The birding is excellent and you should keep a look out for the many species that live in the region. To get to the Green Heritage Picnic Site take the R532 towards Graskop, and just after you cross the railway line the picnic area is on the right.
The Graskop Day Trail
This trail forms part of the Fanie Botha Trail and begins at the Graskop Hut. It is fairly easy hike if you have a reasonable level of fitness. The route is 13km long and takes you through the scenic pine plantations for the first few kilometres before descending into indigenous bush. A highlight of the excursion is the Forest Falls. This trail is great for birding enthusiasts.
Maps and Permits
You need to obtain a permit or pay an entrance fee to do these hikes. Permits and route maps can be purchased from Merry Pebbles, the Lowveld Tourism Information Center, Komatiland Eco-Tourism, Mac Mac Forest Retreat and Valley View Backpackers. For the longer hikes, allow yourself between 3 and 4 hours to do the route at a leisurely pace. During the rainy season the roads can become very muddy and the trails slippery, so wear good hiking shoes.
What to bring
Remember to wear a swimming costume (so you can cool off in the crystal clear pools). Please only cool off in the mountain streams and pools and not the rivers. Take a towel, sun block, sunglasses, a hat and at least 1 litre of water. Perhaps take a light pack with a picnic lunch to enjoy in a scenic spot.