Under the stars in iMfolozi

In Walking Safaris of South Africa, we include a narrative of a three day Wilderness Trail in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal. It describes the most popular form of trail in the park, whereby visitors are based at a seasonal fly camp, and walk with day packs.

The park also offers a backpacking sleep-out experience, known as the Primitive Trail, an authentic wilderness adventure that includes everyone taking a turn at night watch. Hlengiwe has written about it in a recent article for Escapes magazine and you can read it below.

Adventure-Nov2020

Get R60 off ‘Walking Safaris’ in South Africa

Walking Safaris of South Africa is now on sale in bookshops in South Africa. It should also be available park curio shops and in outdoors stores that stock books such as Cape Union Mart, Trappers and Outdoor Warehouse.

If the book is not in stock, the shop should be able to quickly get it in – just mention the title or ISBN 9781775846901.

For online sales in South Africa, there is a R60 discount for sales at Loot. Use the code SAFARI.

The book was printed in South Africa, and as shipping takes some time customers in other countries will need to wait until April for print copy availability.

Cave Camping in the Eastern Cape

It’s great to see reserves innovate in walking safaris, and a new activity at Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is a prime example.

The reserve has just introduced guided backpacking trails, with hikers spending a night in a cave overlooking Bushman’s River. Guests supply all their own kit and food and the camp has camp beds, chairs and a portaloo.

Guests need to be at the Amakhala Conservation Centre by 11AM, and will be back at their car by 12PM the next day. Each day the walks take about 4 hours, and the terrain is not too challenging.

The trial is designed for groups of four, and costs R950 per person, plus the R70 conservation levy. If you don’t fancy cooking, they’ll even provide the camp meals for an additional R200 per person. The minimum age of 16. Enquire via reservations@haggardandbrand.com.

It looks like a great offer to us, and as far as we know, this is the only opportunity to backpack in a big game reserve anywhere in the Cape. If you know of any others, please leave a comment below.

New Trails Camp in Marakele National Park

SANParks Honorary Rangers have announced the opening of a new camp in Marakele National Park. Morukuru Bush Camp is modelled on SHR’s successful Nyarhi Rustic Bush Camp in Kruger National Park. Like Nyarhi, Morukuru is designed for self-sufficient campers, but is much shorter journey for those travelling from Gauteng.

Courtesy SANParks Honorary Rangers

Groups of up to eight guests will be able to use the camp as the base from which to explore the attractive eroded sandstone canyons and kloofs in Marakele. It provides a third option for walking in the park, alongside the dawn walks operated by SANParks and Marataba Trails in the northern sector of the 67,000 hectare reserve. Morukuru Bush Camp is featured in Walking Safaris of South Africa.