If you are looking for a Kruger walking safari, or an adventure holiday in the Kruger Park area, consider joining us at Shindzela on a wildlife walking safari.
Our Kruger walking safaris are conducted in the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa. This is arguably one of the most exciting adventure holidays in the Kruger Park.
We offer daily walking safaris to guests who are interested in participating on a walking trail rather than a game drive. Guests electing to join in a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 – 2.5 hours on a trail.
The walking trails are mainly focused on not seeking out the Big five, but on educating guests on the safari environment as a whole, including the insect and plant life, general game (giraffe, zebra and impalas) habitats of certain smaller animals as well as vegetation. There is always a chance of encountering one of the larger animals on foot as well.
There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves. The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 2,000,000 ha (over 5 million acres). The Reserve is home to a myriad of mammal species, including Africa’s ‘Big Five’ animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant).Other game that you may see whilst on your Kruger walking safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just a few. There are over 350 bird species recorded in the Reserve.
All our wildlife Kruger walking safaris are led by a professional, experienced safari guide who is armed. We also have a tracker who is our back up on your walking safari. Each safari guide takes a maximum of 8 guests on a walking trail. Your Kruger walking safari generally begins at dawn with a wakeup call at 05h00/05h30 (ouch! but it’s worth it). Enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee, before setting out.
Your safari guide will give you a thorough safety briefing before your Kruger walking safari, so that you are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to you walking trail. Please feel free to ask questions at any time.
Please do remember that you are walking in a wild environment, and it is important to listen to your guide at all times. There is ample opportunity to stop along the trail to examine interesting features of the bush, to observe animals and learn more about the African bush. Photography is allowed on the walking safari, but under the guidance of your safari guide.
Return to camp mid-morning, and enjoy a hearty brunch, prepared by our safari cook. It’s then time to relax in camp, before joining us in the dining room at about 14h30 for a late lunch.
During the afternoons, depending on the animal movements in the area, your guide may suggest a game drive and short walk, followed by sundowners and a night safari game drive. Our timetable and activities during your safari are primarily determined around game viewing, so we do include both walks and game drives.
The best time to view game on your walking safari in South Africa, are the early hours of the morning and during the late afternoon. This is when most game is active during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active. Night game drives with a spotlight bring you in to contact with nocturnal animals such as Bush babies, Civets, Genets, African wild cats, Porcupines and so forth.
Regrettably no under 16 years are allowed to participate on the walking trails.