The Limpopo Trail

The Limpopo Trail is a three-night, four-day walking trail in the spectacular, private Makuleke Concession of the northern Kruger National Park. It is perhaps the best area for walking in the entire Park.

The trails camp of the KlaserieTrail is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. As there are no fences wildlife roams free between the major reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park, which include the Klaserie, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park.

 

The Klaserie is the least commercially developed of all the Kruger Private Game Reserves and as such offers a truly rustic, remote and pristine wildlife experience. This makes it perfect for walking safaris!

 

The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. In addition to the Big Five animals that are regularly sighted include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby, mongoose, duiker, steenbok, klipspringer, genet and bats. You might also see wild dog, cheetah, roan antelope, bat-eared fox, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, aardwolf, civet, caracal and serval. Birds that are regularly seen are vultures, owls, bee-eaters, rollers, eagles, bustards, hornbills, starlings and shrikes.

 

On a walking safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. In addition to walking safaris, game drives and night drives are offered allowing guests to participate in a full spectrum of safari activities.

The camp consists of five chalets and a tree house where more adventurous guests can sleep under the stars. Two of the chalets are family units.
Maroela is a family chalet and has a double bed, twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. It sleeps a maximum of four guests.

 

Ghwarrie has one double bed, en-suite toilet and outside shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
Rooibos has one double bed and an en-suite bathroom. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
Hardekool is a family chalet and has a double bed, twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. It sleeps a maximum of four guests.
Tjankbos has twin beds, en-suite toilet and outside shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
The Treehouse has twin beds and an outside bathroom and shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.

 

The camp facilities include a main area which houses a comfortable lounge area with two sitting areas and a library. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other’s company and share stories of the day’s game sightings.
There is also a boma area with camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire.

 

The Greater Kruger area can get very hot in summer and thankfully the camp has a beautiful pool with decking area where guests can relax and siesta during the midday heat between game activities.
To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, all chalets are equipped with lanterns while plug points in the main area can be used to charge your camera batteries.

 

One of the unique advantages of a small safari camp is that the activities can be tailored to your specific needs. For example, if the guides hear lions roaring close to camp at night, they will often knock on your door and ask if you would like to go and find them. In addition, if guests want to only go on game drives this too can be arranged.

 

A typical day on the Klaserie Trail begins with a mug of steaming coffee or tea and traditional homemade rusks, after which guests set out on their morning walk, following rhino tracks and elephant paths. The length of the walks depend on the interest and fitness of the guests. Returning to camp, enjoy a leisurely brunch and relax in the cool of the acacia trees, keeping an eye on the waterhole for the breeding herd of elephant that frequently come to drink. Following high tea, set out again in the late afternoon for a game drive and then indulge in a sunset cocktail followed by dinner under the African sky.

 

Each Walking Safari begins with a comprehensive demonstration on how to behave when encountering animals. All Walking Safaris are led by qualified rangers who have had intensive specialized training in approaching dangerous game. In addition to allowing you to view the larger mammals on foot, the rangers will give you an insight into the bush that will surprise you. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives. The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds. The main aim of a Kruger Walking Safari is to help you appreciate the nature around you, and to provide you with detailed explanations of spoors, vegetation and the ecology in general – an unmatched wildlife experience that you will remember lifelong.

 

Children under 12 are welcome, but must be 6 or older to go on game drives, unless there is a spare vehicle available, or a private vehicle booked by prior arrangement. One child under 12 years can be accommodated in a room sharing with two adults at the main lodge only at 50% of the tariff. Adults or children over 12 sharing with two adults will be charged the full rate.

Access to the Timbavati Game Reserve is easy by road or air. Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit has daily flights from Johannesburg. Furthermore there is a daily shuttle from Johannesburg to the Timbavati Gate. The lodge offers transfers to/from Hoedspruit airport and the Timbavati Gate for a nominal fee. The drive from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit will take approximately 5 hours and is through a scenic route.




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Rates Include
VAT, SA Tourism Bed Levy, all accommodation, meals, teas/coffees and all safari activities (walking safaris and game drives). There is also the option for an Fully Inclusive rate, including drinks (local soft drinks and alcohol).
Timbavati entrance fees if self driving (R140 per vehicle), Conservation Levy of R150 per person per stay and all drinks.

 

Booking Policy

  • Kukummi Safaris’ Terms & Conditions will be sent to you at the time of booking.
  • Payment: full pre-payment is required 30 days before arrival, along with written confirmation.
  • Cancellations: 50% of the full tariff if more than 30 days prior to arrival; 75% of the full tariff if less than 30 days prior to arrival; 100% of the full tariff of less than 7 days prior to arrival.
  • Written confirmation (e-mail or fax) of is required for cancellations.
  • Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival at the lodge.
  • Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance.
  • Only cash or credit cards are accepted at the lodge.

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