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South Africa Expedition: Kruger Walking Safari

South Africa

South Africa Expedition: Kruger Walking Safari

Hiking
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Start: Johannesburg
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End: Johannesburg

Venture from historic Johannesburg to the wild north of Kruger National Park

Activity
Hiking
LocationSouth Africa
Duration7 days
Start / EndJohannesburg / Johannesburg
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

South Africa

South Africa Expedition: Kruger Walking Safari

Hiking·
7 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Johannesburg
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End: Johannesburg

Description

Brimming with elephants, lions, buffalo, rhino, zebra and hundreds of bird species, Kruger National Park stands tall among the great wildlife arenas of Africa. But it’s only a fraction of adventurers that see the park’s extreme northern reaches, where some of the most profound nature experiences await. Join an exciting new Intrepid expedition that explores the depths of this wilderness on foot,...

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Itinerary

Day 1Johannesburg
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you arrive early, get out and explore lively Johannesburg. Maybe visit the cultural hotspots of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The Apartheid Museum is an essential visit.
Day 2Johannesburg
Tour the historic Soweto neighbourhood by bicycle today. Take a short drive then set off riding to a lookout point that takes in Orlando West and East – from here you can see across the township the Orlando Pirates' home soccer ground. Your next stop is Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel, a former migrant workers’ hostel, where you'll soak up a few morsels of history; you may notice traditional African customs still run strong in this area. Continue via Meadowlands to the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, who died alongside hundreds of other youths in the 16 June 1976 uprising against the Apartheid education system. Lastly, visit Nelson Mandela's former home on Vilakazi Street, and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. Cycle back to Lebo's, return to the hotel to freshen up, then head out to a nice traditional steakhouse for dinner.
Day 3Kruger National Park
Rise and shine at 5 am and travel north to Kruger National Park, where adventures on foot will take place. On the way there'll be a stop so you can seek out some lunch. You should arrive at your accommodation, Pafuri Camp, around mid-afternoon. Here you'll be introduced to your walking guide who will lead the way for the next few days. Attend a safety briefing and a short walk to kick things off. We return to camp in the early evening for a delicious meal under the African skies. Get a good rest tonight, as tomorrow the hiking kicks up a notch.
Day 4Kruger National Park
The day starts with an early morning walk. Venture into the Limpopo River Valley, and Crooks Corner, where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers converge to form the demarcations between Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The name Crooks Corner can be traced back to the early 20th century, when ivory poachers and various shady types sought refuge from the law here in this far-flung pocket of the wild. If the river levels are low enough we can walk barefoot through the river. If the water levels are higher, we'll need to keep to the riverbank, on slightly tougher terrain to keep clear of the crocodiles. Return to camp for brunch and relax in the beautiful bush setting. This afternoon it's time for a different perspective of the area – head off on a game drive in a 4WD vehicle.
Day 5Kruger National Park
Embark on another adventure on foot. Venture deep into the bush and spend some time (approximately 3–4 hours of walking) exploring the Banyini area. This wetland is a true birder's paradise. The pan, sometimes overflowing with water after heavy rain, attracts an awesome array of birds and wildlife. Afterwards, return to camp and tuck into a delicious brunch. In the middle of the day, relax and unwind as the peak heat of the day sets in – perhaps enjoy an afternoon nap. In the mid afternoon, walk the Reedbuck Vlei and Fever Tree Forest (3–4 hours of walking). These magnificent trees only germinate after floods or after exceptionally heavy rains, and the forest seems to take on its own mood. If you’re lucky you may come across a herd of graceful eland or a perhaps a lone bull elephant walking through this special place. Return to camp for sundowners and dinner.
Day 6Kruger National Park
This morning it's off to Hutwini Gorge and to some of the beautiful natural springs of the area. The walk (approximately 5–6 hours) heads towards the base of the Hutwini Mountains. The gorge does not have any water flowing through it and is frequented by animals walking towards the river to drink. The Mashisti spring has water all year round and is constantly visited by crocodiles, hippos, babboons, even leopards. You'll carry your packed lunch with you today before heading back to the camp in the afternoon. Later in the afternoon will be a 4WD game drive, a chance to search for the animals you missed on the morning walk.
Day 7Johannesburg
Enjoy one final walk this morning before returning the camp for brunch. Then it's time to make our way back to Johannesburg, where the adventure comes to an end.

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Trip title

South Africa: Kruger Walking Safari

Trip code

UBWS

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Brimming with elephants, lions, buffalo, rhino, zebra and hundreds of bird species, Kruger National Park stands tall among the great wildlife arenas of Africa. But it’s only a fraction of adventurers that see the park’s extreme northern reaches, where some of the most profound nature experiences await. Join an exciting new Intrepid expedition that explores the depths of this wilderness on foot, ta... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Walking & Trekking

Transport

Minibus,Bicycle,4x4 safari vehicle

Physical Rating

4

Physical preparation

We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

Joining point

Holiday Inn Rosebank

Joining point description

The Holiday Inn Rosebank is a comfortable modern hotel conveniently located just a short walk from the Rosebank Train Station and Zone Shopping Centre. The hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a well-equipped gym and nearby golfing facilities. Guest rooms are fully air conditioned, include a TV with satellite channels, ensuite, tea and coffee maker and free WiFi. The Holiday Inn Rosebank is l... Read more

Joining point instructions

We recommend that if this is your first time to Johannesburg or if you are travelling alone, that you pre book an arrival transfer through. This can be done through your bookings consultant once you provide your flight details. There are two airports in Johannesburg; Lanseria and OR Tambo International. If you are taking a domestic flight to Johannesburg, please make sure to check your arrival air... Read more

Finish point

Holiday Inn Rosebank

Important information

MINIMUM NUMBERS: This is trip requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the trip is guaranteed to depart. FINISH TIME: This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 7. Please do not book any flights until after 10:30pm this evening.

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Visas

PASSPORT As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with... Read more

Why we love it

Experience the real Johannesburg on a Soweto bicycle tour, followed by dinner at a top traditional steakhouse

Is this trip right for you

We’ve put a lot of research into putting this new trip together. However, that doesn’t mean it will run perfectly. In fact, because it’s new we expect a few bumps along the way. In our experience, a little detour here and there can make things more interesting if you approach the adventure with flexibility an open mind. This itinerary has two particularly long travel days, with journeys to and fr... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. Please notify your booking consultant of any dietary requirements at the ti... Read more

Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you kno... Read more

What to take

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.... Read more

Climate and seasonal

Yes it is Africa, however the winter months can be very cold. Please bring warm winter clothing such as wool pullover and a jacket. Also consider thermals, gloves and a woolly hat.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

The camp is an intimate real bush experience. There is no electricity or running water at the camp. The camp is lit at night by solar consol jars, hurricane lamps an the open air fire pit. Each morning the guides will place warm water in the standing canvas basins outside the permanent tents. After each game activity there is the opportunity to shower under bucket showers. Hot water is heated by f... Read more

Transport notes

We will use a air conditioned minivan for the long drives to and from the safari camp, as well as the Soweto bike tour. To venture to a different part of the park while at the camp we use 4WD safari vehicles.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights),Permanent tents (4 nights)
7days
€2,080per person
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Johannesburg
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Johannesburg
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