Walking Safari in the Timbavati Reserve | SafariFRANK
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Walking Safari in the Timbavati Reserve

“Walking Safari with industry leading walking guides in BIG 5 country”

Price $1300 USD
Country
South Africa
Duration
3 Nights
Dates
6 Jul 2020 — 9 Jul 2020
24 Aug 2020 — 27 Aug 2020
Safari Type
Camping
Kids Min Age
16

Find your way back to nature on this 4-day walking/camping safari in the Timbavati Reserve. A truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big 5 can be met here!

The Kruger National Park and its surrounding reserves boasts a huge biodiversity and healthy numbers of all the big 5 and much more. The Timbavati and Klaserie reserves form part of what is known as the Greater Kruger National Park and are unfenced to the park allowing for natural animal movements. The experience of a walking trail for 4 days with one of Gesa’s trails mentors will truly bring you back to nature!

The climate varies seasonally but remains fairly predictable. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cooler. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally without much rain. We will be travelling in the African winter time and can expect warm to hot day temperatures to cold to very cool nights.

Safari Rating

adventure
wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

highlights

  • 4 days walking trail with one of Gesa’s mentors. A really “wild” experience!
  • The chance to get the BIG 5 and wild dogs!
  • Find your way back to nature and yourself!
  • Camping in the middle of the bush, without fences, just wild!

map and overview

Day 1 Transfer from your accommodation to Lowveld Tented Camp and start of Wilderness Trail.
Day 2 & 3 Game viewing activities by foot in the Timbavati Nature Reserve with one of Gesa’s Trails Mentors.
Day 4 Transfer to Klaserie Sands River Camp or any other accommodation.

start dates

6 July 2020 - 9 July 2020
24 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

detailed itinerary

Days 1-3 - Transfer to Lowveld Trails Tented Camp & start of Wilderness Trail

Depending on where you start from, we will transfer you to the Lowveld Tented Camp (for overnight stays & transfers before this walking safari, please contact us to arrange this).

The Tented Camp is operated out of the central Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park. This basic unfenced camp is erected under giant Jackalberry trees along a dry riverbed prior to each trail and completely removed upon departure, assuring minimum impact and therefore leaving no-trace. There is no electricity, mobile phone signal or WiFi, but we trust that you’ll find a strong connection.

Canvas dome tents house two trailists each. A mattress and pillow is provided, so bring along your sleeping bag and required bedding. The camp communal area is around the campfire or at the kitchen area where wholesome meals are whipped up on a gas cooker and an open flame. Ablutions are simple, yet unmatched. Specially designed seats stoop over pit-fall toilets while bush showers, covered by canvas, hang from trees and open onto splendid views of the surrounding bush.

A typical day starts with a wake-up call prior to sunrise. As the birds announce the approaching day, we enjoy coffee and rusks before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour walk, as soon as sufficient daylight allows. We return to camp around midday for a well-earned brunch, before the daily debrief and a few hours free to shower, read or take a nap. A late lunch is served at around 3pm, before we head off into the wildness again for a 2 to 3 hour walk.  Dinner and a crackling campfire awaits back at camp, usually followed by an open air shower and an early night after an eventful  day.

WALKING SAFARIS

There seems to be an urgent longing by the human psyche, cinscious or subconscious as it may be, to experience a connectedness with nature that we have been deprived of since becoming “civilised”. It is therefore not surprising that a surge of modern beings are using walking safaris (trails) as a vessel to escape civilisation’s clatter as they go in search of serenity. The Lowveld Trails Company expertly facilitates reconnection with nature during the ultimate “back-to-basics” experiences.

The trails will expose you to the fine detail, the grandeur of the landscape and the thrill of moving among large mammals. Well beyond activity, it is a fully immersive experience that permits participation in nature as opposed to traditional spectatorship. It is real, visceral and completely authentic.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions that were discovered here in the 1970s. The name ‘Timbavati’ refers to these two unique creatures, it means ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It is home to a number of exclusive African-style bush lodges set amidst spectacular African savannah and abundant game including over 40 mammal species, 360 bird species and the famous Big Five. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: day time safaris, night game drives, guided bush walks, and bird watching.

 

Day 4: End of the Walking Safari - Transfer to the other camps

After breakfast it’s time to pack up and everyone goes their own way, be it in Klaserie Sands River Camp for recreation or one of the other camps we work with. For detailed planning after this walking safari please contact us.

price

Price from 4 persons: 18.000,00 ZAR

Price from 6 persons: 12.000,00 ZAR

  • per person sharing
  • (The price will be converted from ZAR to your currency at the time of booking. Any price indicated in another currency other than ZAR is merely indicative.)
  • Minimumof 4 pax, Maximum of 8 pax.
  • Enquire for single supplement.

 

Included

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • All meals.
  • Water, tea, coffee & juice.
  • Entrance fees and excursions during these days.

Excluded

  • Flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation and transfers to the Lowveld Camp.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Laundry.
  • Other drinks at the Lowveld Camp (we will make a shopping list of wishes beforehand. Individual costs for drink orders will have to be paid before departure)
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

 

additional information

Expectations:

  • Must be fit enough and willing to walk up to 20km per day in big 5 terrain.
  • Armed walking safaris with two expert walking guides leading the walks.
  • Must be willing to sleep in comfortable yet basic tents.
  • Expect warm to hot temperatures during the day with cold to very cold nights.
  • Mobile camp has no permanent ablution facilities; however the camp has shared short drop bush toilets.
  • Charging facilities not available for the Lowveld Trails Co mobile Camp.
  • Lowveld Trails Camp is eco-friendly, designed to be erected and dismantled within hours, leaving no trace on the environment.

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