Walking Africa - a kruger walking safari (no under 16 years on walking activities)
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 you a wilderness Kruger walking safari in a big five game viewing area. Shindzela tented camp offers daily walking safaris to guests who are interested in walking; guests electing to participate in a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 – 2.5 hours on a trail.
"We signed up for a 'walking safari' thinking it would be an adventure and get us nearer to nature. How true this turned out to be. Tracking rhino on foot, from the mud pool to the mud on bushes, to the 'very recent' (& steaming) pile of dung, then a sighting of white rhino. So exhilarating, one of our best experiences ever."
Kruger walking safari
The Timbavati Game Reserve, is part of the greater Kruger Park, and is and ideal base from which we run walking safaris in South Africa. The Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west.
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 southern border of this great complex of public and privately - owned protected land lies close to the Kingdom of Swaziland and abuts the boundaries of Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east.
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.
"Its all about the small stuff...
And so we Thought arriving and hearing very little animals were in the area. So we walked and saw the Spiders birds and trees. Then the Lion Kill, Rhino Buffalo all of foot. the next day spotted Leopard and Elephants. so basically saw the BIG 5 and many smalls. As a review, I can only say a Magical tented camp Walking experiences with Guides one can be friends with and the personal attention is what makes it all worth it. 10/10 for everything." Brenda & Boris Ferrar, South Africa
Kruger walking safari guides
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 wake up call at 05h00/05h30 (ouch! – but it’s worth it). Enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee, before setting out.
Walking in Africa - safety briefing
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.
Whilst Shindzela is a big five game viewing area, and we make every effort to seek out the “Big Five” animals during your stay, we focus on the whole safari environment, showing appreciation for all aspect’s of the wilderness – animal behaviour and habitat, trees, insect and plant life, as well as viewing all the other species of game found in the bush. Join us on a walking safari South Africa, and explore this area in the greater Kruger Park.
Read our Kruger walking safari pre tour safari information here