Explore the Kruger National Park on foot over a number of unforgettable days of walks in the bush.
The Bushman wilderness trail departs from Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp in the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park. It is named for the numerous Bushman rock art sites in the surrounding area, which feature regularly on the trail routine. The terrain is largely broken, with deep, open valleys and rocky outcrops that allow for great sightings and closer encounters with big game. Elephants and rhino frequent the area, resulting in a convenient network of natural game paths. Antelope like kudu, klipspringer and mountain reedbuck enjoy the rock-ribbed environment, while the high altitude invites the presence of red-throated wryneck and jackal buzzard.
Mathikithi is a wilderness trail that departs from Satara Rest Camp in the south-central stretch of the Kruger National Park. It is named for a lonely 313m (more than a thousand feet) high sandstone hill some 6km southwest of the camp, alongside the N'wanetsi waterway. The area comprises many high-lying rocky outcrops, which provide ideal vantage points for observing game and enjoying refreshments at sunset or sunrise with your trail team. Elephants and large herds of buffalo ramble through the area, ensuring well-trodden game paths for comfortable hiking.
The Napi wilderness trail tears across the undulating granitic landscape between the Skukuza and Pretoriuskop rest camps in the southern Kruger, departing from the latter. The prevalence of the Mbyamithi and Napi rivers means picturesque meanderings and immense riverine trees. Seasonal pans lure both black and white rhino to the area, ensuring fantastic big game sightings, while thick-billed cuckoo and red-billed helmet shrikes roost in the woodland and tamboti thickets. Evenings in camp are often enhanced by the portentous calls of giant eagle owls and barred owls.
The most remote and out of the way Wilderness Trail’s Camp is situated between Punda Maria Rest Camp and Pafuri. The spectacular Lanner and Levhuvhu gorges along the Levhuvhu River are popular attractions. The camp is hidden in a secluded spot on the Madzaringwe River, with the towering cliffs of the Soutpansberg Mountains forming the backdrop. Punda Maria Rest Camp is the departure point for this trail. The area is one of the best in the country for bird watching, and various localized species such as Verreaux's eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, grey-headed parrot, mottled spinetail and more can be seen. The spine tails roost inside the giant baobab tree near camp, and may be observed at leisure.
The Olifants wilderness trail follows the courses of both the perennial Olifants and Letaba rivers in the heart of the Kruger National Park. The trail departs from Letaba Rest Camp and explores a diverse wilderness area replete with remote valleys, dramatic gorges, the rolling ebb of the Lebombo Mountains and even flat open plains ideal for unobstructed game viewing. As the rivers tend to form the focal point of the trail experience, sightings of crocodiles and hippos are frequent. The pealing laughter of the African fish eagle provides an occasional hypnotic interlude.
The Sweni River forms the main feature of the Sweni wilderness trail, which departs from Satara Rest Camp. The river trundles through thorny acacia savanna that draws large herds of plains game, in turn also drawing the predators that prey upon them. Most guests on the Sweni trail will relish the reverberation of lion roars herd around the tiny camp at night. The calls of Mozambique night jars and scops owls add to this captivating wilderness soundtrack. Should you thus awaken in the dark, the remote, flat surroundings are ideal for stargazing.
The first of all the wilderness trails is situated roughly between Berg-en-Dal, Ship mountain and the Afsaal picnic site. It was named after one of the first rangers that were appointed in the Sabie Game Reserve, Harry Wolhuter. Wolhuter single-handedly killed a lion with his hunting knife while out on patrol on horseback. It is a spectacularly scenic wilderness area characterized by high granite outcrops with deep valleys, as well as a flatter undulating landscape. White and black rhino are frequently encountered in the Wolhuter wilderness area, particularly the former. Elephant and buffalo are also regularly seen, as are rare antelope like sable, mountain- and common reedbuck.
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