With 30 years of active Africa travel in our boots, we have developed our itineraries to showcase countries that are most popular amongst travellers to Africa. We take you to iconic locations, but we avoid the crowds. We offer you “Instagram firsts” as well as familiar backdrops. And most important, we expose you to people and traditions different from your own. Not as a spectator, but as a participant.
Despite its size, there is no question that walking in Kruger National Park is the best way to experience it. South Africa’s largest national park is approximately the size of New Jersey and borders two neighbouring countries. Lying to the north east of the country, the park borders Mozambique in the east and Zimbabwe to the north.
Tucked away in the remote northern reaches of the Kruger National Park, nestled between two rivers, lies a unique wilderness area unlike any other in South Africa. The Makuleke Contractual Park is a joint partnership between the historically resident Makuleke people and South African National Parks. It lies in one of the most diverse areas of the greater Kruger park. As a result of this wide range in landscape and topographical features, this area is the perfect location for walking safaris.
Our Kruger walking safaris provide relaxed, unhurried, heart and soul experiences of the African bush. Flexibility is paramount in an area were nature rules. While we have an overall plan for the day, the finer details happen in the moment. One thing is for sure, there will be something new and exciting to see and learn about every day. It could be watching elephants drink from the river or buffalo crossing the flood plain. We may be identifying as many birds as we can find in one of the RAMSAR wetlands. Or we may just enjoy the solitude of the fever tree forest. Of course no day in the African bush is complete without watching the sunset, perhaps from the bush one evening and from the river on another. One never knows who may be needing a drink at the end of the day.
Join Active Africa trails guides, Sarah Nurse and Laura Christie on four epic days of walking in Kruger.
This trip is graded easy to moderate. Walking safaris take place over uneven ground. Typically there are no trails to follow unless your guide is using established game trails .
The northern-most region of the Kruger National Park is situated in a malaria area. We recommend the use of malaria prophylactic medication.
This itinerary can be offered as a stand-alone product, to be inserted into your self-drive / self-planned trip
It works very well with our Walk the Panorama program and our Bike & Safari trip.
Rustic tented camp set along the banks of the Luvuvu River, accommodation is simple but comfortable with all the necessities for an immersive nature experience.
Click here for more detail on the trails camp we use as our base on this program.
The trails camp is operational from April – October (the cooler, drier months of the year)
Transfer to the trails camp, either by road or by charter flight to the nearby airstrip.
Check into your tent with time to unpack and settle in.
Meet at tea time, dressed and ready for your first walk, and head out to explore for a few hours.
When the sun starts to dip, it’s time to head back to camp for something icy cold and a dinner under the stars.
If the early morning sounds of the bush don’t wake you up, your guide will. Enjoy your first coffee and set off before the sun rises.
The morning walk can take 3-4 hours depending on what is seen and where nature leads you.
Return to camp for a well-deserved brunch and discussion on the morning’s events. As the heat of the day increases, take time to rest under the huge trees in camp. Lounge around on the outdoor sofas or take a nap in your tent.
Those who sit patiently are often rewarded with bird and animal sightings in camp.
Following afternoon refreshments, it’s off again to a new location and new experiences on the afternoon walk, returning to camp for dinner.
Another early wake up call and it’s out before the bush awakes.
If the energy levels are high, and the weather allows, we may even pack our lunch and go out for a longer excursion, returning later in the day.
Another delicious meal awaits us back at camp. Enjoy a true South African braai (barbeque), before we retire to the camp fire, and finally to bed.
Although this is departure day, there may be enough time to go on a short early morning walk, before returning to camp for a last meal.
Pack up after brunch and continue to your next destination.