Having previously discovered the advantages of walking safaris we wanted to do one in South Africa but found it relatively difficult to find one. We found this company by accident and spent four nights. It was our great good fortune. Some of the advantages of walking are:
1. that you get to walk in quiet and comfort with only the sounds of the bush, rather than bouncing around in a vehicle with dust and diesel fumes,
2. you get to see and learn about much more such as insects and plants and many small animals and birds that just get missed, and
3. tracking then finding these animals out in the open on foot is a magical, not to say a spiritual experience that is never bettered.
You not only see all this but get to learn how the whole ecosystem works. We’ve discovered that you need expert guides to have rewarding walks and Africa on Foot have them, Jan and Daniel are the best we’ve ever walked with. We never had an uninteresting or unexciting moment, they were tireless in finding and teaching us about everything there was on offer, which you need because with walking safaris you need to accept that animals don’t always appear when you want them. When we weren’t in pursuit of game we learned about termites and spiders or plants and trees. There was never a dull moment. That said, we tracked and walked with lions, giraffes, elephants and much more. We also did night drives which are a different experience allowing us to get out further into the bush, and sundown in the bush is the best time of day. On these we saw many animals some of which are quite difficult to spot; ground hornbills, rhinos and porcupine.
Courteney and Cecilia explained that the company is relatively young but they have built a camp with charming individual huts that are comfortable and well decorated. Ours had an en-suite with hot water. The whole feel is rustic Africa, not five star rustic but more than comfortable. We didn’t lack for anything and the hospitality and care taken by everyone over our comfort was unceasing. There is a small swimming pool which not only cools you down but attracts wildlife especially insects, many of whom perished there. It was like thin minestrone at the time we visited. We haven’t gone down with anything so far. There is a large communal area where three well prepared and hearty meals are served each day and a library of reference books. There is a tree house where we sat during the midday heat and watched whatever came to the waterhole. You can sleep in it. We didn’t but two of our party did and loved it. One lady enjoyed it so much the team fitted out a tree house deep in the bush and left her there overnight with the only the whole of Africa for company. The camp is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. It pumps its own water, recycles grey water and uses septic tanks. It also uses solar power. There is a generator that is switched on a few hours each day that allows you to recharge a camera or mobile. Although it feels remote it is convenient for Hoedspruit. We arrived on the Premier Classe train which I well recommend and the airport has to have the best departure lounge I’ve ever passed through. We felt like we were leaving friends at the end and if we could never go on safari again we’d count ourselves privileged to have done this one and to have walked with the team.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Africa on Foot offers Big Five Kruger Walking Safaris and game drives in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Africa On Foot Camp Hotel Limpopo Province
- Africa On Foot Camp South Africa/Klaserie Private Game Reserve