Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails are 3-night guided walking trails which offer a true wilderness experience exploring areas of the park that are virtually untouched and free of the presence of other people. KNP Wilderness Trails focus on enjoying quality encounters with a diversity of wildlife of all sizes, not just the big 5, as well as birds and plant life. Flexibility with respect to both route and time affords trailists unique opportunities to fully absorb not only the sights of nature, but also the scents, sounds and occasionally the tastes! A foot safari in the Kruger National Park is a liberating, exhilarating and sensory delight!
Select from 7 KNP Wilderness Trails based throughout the park:
• Wolhuter – the original trail near Berg-en-dal. Highlights: high granite outcrops, deep valleys.
• Bushmans – also near Berg-en-dal. Highlights: deep valleys, high outcrops, scenic views.
• Metsi-Metsi/Mathikithi – south of Satara. Highlights: high rocky outcrop for stunning sunset views.
• Napi – between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza. Highlights: Mbyamithi and Napi Rivers.
• Nyalaland – between Punda Maria and Pafuri. Highlights: Levhuvhu River, Lanner and Levhuvhu gorges.
• Olifants – near Letaba. Highlights: Olifants River, remote valleys and gorges.
• Sweni – near Satara. Highlights: Sweni River, open thorn tree savannah.
Trails operate from either Wednesday afternoon to Saturday morning, or Sunday afternoon to Wednesday morning. The general routine of each 3-night trail is as follows:
Guests check in at reception of the rest camp from which the trail departs. Enjoy spotting wildlife on the transfer from the rest camp to the trail camp, arriving late afternoon. Guests settle into camp after an orientation, safety briefing and outline of the general routine. Enjoy a hearty dinner followed by fire-side social time, a chance to listen to night sounds and appreciate the starry skies.
Day 2 and 3:
A bright and early pre-dawn start aided by piping hot tea and coffee and rusks. The morning walk starts either from camp or following a short drive to a point not far from camp. Return to camp late morning where a well-deserved brunch awaits followed by free time to relax and siesta. In the afternoon, enjoy a short walk and sundowner drinks before returning to camp for a bush dinner and time to share tales around the campfire.
Guests enjoy an opportunity to relax in camp and appreciate the morning bush symphony, as no walking takes place. After breakfast, guests are transferred back to the rest camp from where the trail commenced.
Trails accommodate up to 8 guests in rustic bush camps with no electricity or generators. On trail, guests stay in 4 huts or tents (depending on the camp), each sleeping 2 people. Experienced, armed walking guides accompany groups on all morning and afternoon walks for close encounters with wildlife and birds of all shapes and sizes, tracking and photography opportunities. Guides will also interpret information about wildlife, vegetation, rocks, rivers and surrounding valleys whilst on trail, or during the evening around the campfire. Meals are simple but wholesome and prepared by a cook on either an open fire or gas stove, and drinking water, tea, coffee and fruit juice at breakfast is provided. Otherwise, guests must supply and bring their own liquid refreshments (cool drinks, alcohol, energy drinks etc).
Age: 12 to 65 years