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Top 5 Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park

Top 5 Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park.

We look at our top 5 Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park’s private concessions.  We will explore the Plains Tented Camp near Skukuza and Pafuri Walking Trail in the Kruger National Park, Africa on Foot Wilderness Trail in the Balule, Simbavati Trails Camp in the Timbavati and Klaserie Sands Safari Trail in the Klaserie. Many of these walking tours start or end at the traditional safari lodge nearby, in fact, we do suggest ending at the lodge for a night or 2 after your walking trip to enjoy traditional game drives and get close to those predators! All of these Top 5 Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park limit the number of guests, generally, 8 to 10 people and there is an age limit of 16 years and up. A Walking safari is a truly intimate safari experience.

What is a walking safari? Have a look at our guide to walking safaris here, this should help answer your questions!

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Leopards at Simbavati

Rhino Walking Safaris Plains Camp, Kruger National Park concession.

In the heart of the Kruger National Park lies Rhino Walking Safaris’ Plains Tented Camp, offering 2 epic safari experiences – walking safaris in the Kruger Park and a sleep-out experience on decks in the bush. Rhino Walking safaris operate in one of the oldest concessions within the Kruger National Park itself. Walking tours here take you through Big 5 territory as you soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush on foot. You will go for early morning and late afternoon walks daily. Accommodation is in large canvas tents, with a touch of luxury. Each has en suite bathrooms with running hot water and private decks.  An amazing sleep out experience is available to walkers at Plains camp, situated on a 4m high platforms where you sleep under a net style tent, under the stary night skies. Combined with a stay at sister camp, Rhino Post Safari Lodge, rounds off an amazing safari experience.

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Gazing at Elephants in the Kruger with Rhino Walking Safaris

Pafuri Walking Safaris, Kruger National Park concession.

In the far northern section of the Kruger National Park is the Makuleke Contract Park, home to Pafuri Walking Safaris and sister camp Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp. This remote and quiet part of the Kruger Park has dramatic scenery and amazing big 5 game viewing. Explore the Kruger Park on foot with expert field guides as you trek through the ever-changing landscapes. Dip your feet into the Limpopo River and traverse the lime green Fever Tree forest. Tents are simple Meru style canvas tents with ensuite bucket showers and eco-toilets. The main camp is comfortable and the focus is on an immersive African walking safari. Combine this walking trail with a few nights at Pafuri Tented Camp to round off your big 5 safari experience.

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Walking along the Limpopo River in the northern Kruger Park with Pafuri Walking Trails

Simbavati Trails Camp, Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

Simbavati Trails Camp is the newest addition to the Simbavati Family, which include family-friendly Simbavati River Lodge, luxurious Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and the intimate and refined Machaton Camp. Offering a luxury approach to the walking safari, Simbavati Trails Camp offers has large modern Meru style canvas tents. Each tent has panoramic mesh windows, a private sitting area and en suite bathrooms, complete with bucket showers. Daily activities include morning and afternoon walking with experienced and armed guides. Combine a walking safari with one of the other Simbavti lodges to ensure you get the best of both walking and game drive safaris.

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Walk along dry river beds in the Timbavati with Simbavati Trails Camp

Klaserie Sands Safari Trails, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

This new walking safari camp is in the big 5 game-rich Klaserie, offering a luxurious safari experience on foot. Klaserie Sands Safari Trails camp has spacious tents with private decks and ensuite tents with running hot water. The main area boasts a plunge pool and a lovely lounge area. The main area screens guests like a hide from the river bed below, ensuring you are treated to a riverside seat to animals meandering by. Morning and afternoon walking safaris are the main focus at Klaserie Sands Safaris Trails and you can jump on an open safari vehicle to return to a predator sighting or go further afield.  Combine with a stay at the luxurious Klaserie Sands River Camp for a longer safari.

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Amazing wildlife sightings on foot at Klaserie Sands Safari Trails

Lowveld Trails, Balule Private Nature Reserve or Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

The Primitive Trails will expose you to the finer detail, the grandeur of the landscape and the thrill of moving among iconic large mammals. Well beyond an activity, it is a fully immersive experience that permits participation in nature as opposed to traditional spectatorship. It is real, visceral and completely authentic. Their authentic Tented Camp is unfenced and erected under magnificent Jackalberry Trees prior to each Trail. The entire camp is removed upon group departure, assuring minimum environmental impact according to their ‘no-trace’ ethic. There is no electricity, mobile phone signal or Wi-Fi, but  you will find a strong connection.