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Wilderness Trails


Wilderness trails
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This is a great way to discover African fauna and flora, a unforgettable lifetime experience only available in a few places in Africa. Join or form a group of up to eight friends with a ranger and set off on a hiking trail that can last lasts from 2 to 4 hours, or hike for up to 3 days staying in stunning overnight camps and learn new things about Southern African wildlife. Kruger Park wilderness trails allows the adventurous guest a close personal encounter with nature, traversing large areas of unspoiled bush on foot.

The sites for the trail camps are carefully chosen for their scenic beauty and diverse plant and animal life. Groups normally spend 3 nights in 4 rustic two-bed huts with reed-lined showers and normal toilets. A covered lapa acts as a dining area. A maximum of 8 people between the ages of 12 and 60 years may take part in trails. Between 10km and 20km may be walked per day at a leisurely pace.

You must provide own liquor and soft drinks. Limited space is available in the communal refrigerator. The duration of the wilderness trails is 2 days and 3 nights, from Sunday to Wednesday, or Wednesday to Saturday. Meeting time is normally at 3.30pm on Sundays and Wednesdays, check with camp start times.

This is the very best way to get close up to the big 5. Imagine coming within meters of a lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo or a leopard. This is truly a breathtaking experience. Eleven different trails are on offer in the Kruger National Park, some are overnight and last several days. See different trails listed below. Book now to avoid disappointment.

The Nyalaland wilderness trail

Check in at Punda Maria camp in the north of the KNP to spot crocodiles, elephants and hippos as well as bird watching is going to Open air dining be on your agenda. The Nyalaland Trail winds through one of the prime wilderness areas of southern Africa. The trail camp is situated on the bank of the Madzaringwe Stream north of Punda Maria, near the Luvuvhu River. The magnificent Lanner Gorge and other vantage points offer splendid views of the South African bushveld. The area is known for its fever tree and baobab forests, prolific birdlife and spectacular views. The beauty of this wild area more than makes up for its lack of big game. Another interesting feature of the trail is the recently discovered fossil sites.

Persons doing the Nyalaland Trail are advised to book accommodation in Punda Maria Camp the night prior to commencing the trail unless they can guarantee they will get to Punda Maria by 15:30 on the day of departure.

The Bushman wilderness trail

Berg en dal camp offers the bushman trail around the Berg en dal camp which is surrounded by granite rocks. Expect to see elephants, buffalo's and white rhinos. The trail camp is situated in a secluded valley. The landscape is characterized by awe-inspiring granite hills, reminiscent of the Zimbabwean Motopos, which provides splendid vantage points in the surrounding bush. White rhino, elephant and buffalo are some of the animals encountered on this trail. Bushman paintings can be viewed in many of the hill shelters an are a feature on this trail.

Persons doing the Bushman Trail are advised to book accommodation in Berg-en-Dal Camp the night prior to commencing the trail unless they can guarantee they will get to Berg-en-Dal by 15:30 on the day of departure.

The Massingir Hiking Trail

Departure from Letaba at 12:30, basic ablutions, firewood provided. This excludes border fees, SANParks and Moz. Park Fees. Also excludes meals and drinks. Hike between 15 and 20km per day. Includes guides and transfers, Overnight in 2-man tented decks, take own bedding. You must provide own drinking water, this is a fairly rugged trail requiring reasonable fitness. Trailist carry food, clothes, sleeping bag and refuse.

Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-trail

This trail is for 4 wheel drives ONLY, it departs from Punda Maria Camp at 07:30, excludes border fees, SANParks and Moz. Park Fees, excludes meals and drinks. Includes guide and radio communications with a minimum age of 10 years. Must be self sufficient for fuel, gear, wood etc, No fuel for 650km from Punda Maria to Chokwe.

The Metsimetsi wilderness trail

Is best enjoyed during the South African winter, The Metsi-Metsi Trail runs through the area east of the Mwarmuriwa Mountain near Tshokwane. The trail camp nestles at the foot of the mountain and overlooks a small waterhole. A hide provides the ideal place to view many species of birds and mammals at close range. The landscape varies from undulating savannah to rocky gorges and ravines. The Nwaswitsontso River, being one of the few permanent sources of water during the dry winter months, attracts an abundance of game especially elephant. A great variety of wildlife, including black rhino and large predators, can be found here.

Persons doing the Metsi-Metsi Trail are advised to book accommodation in Skukuza Camp the night prior to commencing the trail unless they can guarantee they will get to Skukuza by 15:30 on the day of departure.

The Napi wilderness trail

The Napi Wilderness Trail is located between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop. The camp lies nestled in riverine bush at the confluence of the Napi and Biyamiti streams. Napi wilderness trail is characterized by undulating terrain, granite hills and a high resident population of White Rhino. On trail you will see that the birdlife is prolific. Check in at Pretoriuskop to enjoy the Napi trail and you may see the following: white rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and maybe wild dogs which are rare nowadays.

The Olifants wilderness trail

The trail area covers a large slice of land immediately south of the Olifants River, near the confluence with the Letaba River . The trail camp is beautifully located on an elevated natural embankment less than 300 m from the swirling waters of the Olifants, and gives a magnificent view of the river and surrounding hills.

The Olifants River is home to crocodiles, hippo and many birds. The call of the African fish eagle is almost synonymous with this trail and the rare Pel's fish owl can be seen along the riverine vegetation. Persons doing the Olifants Trail are advised to book accommodation in Letaba Camp the night prior to commencing the trail unless they can guarantee they will get to Letaba by 15:30 on the day of departure.

The Sweni wilderness trail

Conjure up a picture of Africa at its wildest: herd of zebra and wildebeest and tall, stately giraffe scattered across sun drenched grass plains; the pungent smell of buffalo in one's nostrils, the heart-stopping sight of an enormous elephant bull feeding in a thick stand of lala palms nearby. The trail camp overlooks the Sweni stream in the wilderness area near Nwanetsi, Satara restcamp provides a view of the surrounding marula and knobthorn savanna. The area is home to the Sweni lion pride.

The Wolhuter wilderness trail

The Wolhuter Trail commemorates the legendary father and son rangers, Harry and Henry Wolhuter, who for many years patrolled the southerns section of the park. the trail camp is situated midway between the Berg-en-Dal and Pretoriuskop restcamps in the southern section of the Kruger, in the heart of white rhino country.

Persons doing the Wolhuter Trail are advised to book accommodation in Berg-en-Dal Camp the night prior to commencing the trail unless they can guarantee they will get to Berg-en-Dal by 15:30 on the day of departure.

The Lebombo 4x4 Eco Trail

10h00 Registration for trail, 4 wheel drive ONLY, must be totally self sufficient and NO caravans.

Machampane Wilderness Trail

The Machampane Wilderness Trail departs Letaba at 12 in winter and 1300 in summer, the accommodation is in 4 two-bedded en-suite tents, excludes Border, SANParks and Mozambique park fees, Includes meals, guides and transfers with a minimum age of 10 years old.

Children under 12 years are not allowed. Visitors must of stayed the night at the specific camp where the walk will be done.

Trailists should report to the following restcamps:

Wilderness TrailRestcampNearest Entrance Gate
Bushman

Metsi-Metsi

Napi

Nyalaland

Olifants

Sweni

Wolhuter

Berg-en-Dal

Skukuza

Pretoriuskop

Punda Maria

Letaba

Satara

Berg-en-Dal

Malelane

Kruger

Numbi

Punda Maria Phalaborwa Orpen

Malelane

The following camps offer walks:

Morning WalksAfternoon Walks
Berg-en-Dal

Biyamiti Bushveld Camp Crocodile Bridge

Letaba Restcamp Lower Sabie

Olifants Restcamp

Orpen Restcamp

Satara Restcamp Shimuwini Bushveld Camp Shingwedzi Restcamp Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Skukuza Restcamp

Letaba Restcamp Mopani Restcamp

Olifants Restcamp

Satara Restcamp

Sirheni Bushveld Camp

Skukuza Restcamp

The wilderness trails below are offered by South African National Parks. You can check availability and book online below.

TypeBase rateBase numberMax people/bedsAdditional adultAdditional child
Berg-en-Dal & Malelane

bushman trail (SB)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to berg en dal reception at 15:00 on day 1

Berg-en-Dal & Malelane

wolhuter trail (SW)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to berg en dal reception at 15:00 on day 1

Crocodile Bridge Camp

lebombo 4x4 eco trail (LEBOMBO 4X4 ECO TRAI)
R5,833.0044R5,833.00R5,833.00
10h00 registration for trail

,4 wheel drive only

,must be totally self sufficient

,no caravans

,no children under 12 allowed

,only off road trailers

Letaba Camp

olifants trail (SO)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to letaba reception at 15:00 on day 1

Olifants

ad-hoc mountain bike trail (AD-HOC MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAI)
R366.00120R366.00N / A
confirm departure time at reception
Olifants

olifants river back-pack trail (OLIFANTS RIVER BACK-PACK TRAI)
R11,880.0088R1,485.00N / A
meet at olifants at 08:00 on first day of trail

,refer to documentation for additional info

Pretoriuskop

napi wilderness trail (NAPI WILDERNESS TRAI)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to pretoriuskop reception at 15:00 on day 1

Punda Maria

nyalaland trail (NYT)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to punda maria reception at 15:00 on day 1

Satara

sweni trail (SSW)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to satara reception at 15:00 on day 1

Skukuza

metsi metsi trail (MMT)
R2,644.0011R2,644.00R2,644.00
4 overnight huts, each with 2 single beds

,report to skukuza reception at 15:00 on day 1

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

dolphin trail night (SDTN)
R776.0011R776.00R776.00
,in conjunction with dolphin trail by waterwheel
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