It is without a doubt that wilderness trails are the best way in which to explore South Africa’s Kruger National Park – the reason being that only six per cent of this breathtaking wilderness game reserve is accessible by road. The other 94% has to be explored on foot!
Kruger Park Travel employs highly professional and experienced rangers who guide visitors on this never-to-be-forgotten lifetime experience. Visitors must remember to pack durable and comfortable clothing and shoes, as well as binoculars, cameras, sunscreen and walking sticks. Torches should also be packed to light up the camp area at night. Insect repellents and malaria prophylactics are also essential. Meals are whole and simple and are cooked either on an outside fire or on a gas stove.
Here we take a look at some of the three-night, two-day safari park’s most popular wilderness trails and the reasons why exploring them are so worthwhile.
Olifants Wilderness Trail
The Olifants Wilderness Trail alongside the OlifantsRiver offers spectacular views of gorges and remote valleys. The river meanders through the Lebombo Mountains and meets up with the Letaba River before flowing into Mozambique. This is a focal point of the wilderness trail because of the large concentrations of crocodiles and hippopotamus that congregate at the confluence of the two rivers. Apart from that, the trail also offers flat open expanses of savannah lands which are ideal for game spotting. This trail also offers birders the opportunity to view the splendid fish eagles and other diverse bird and plant-life indigent to the area. Accommodation is provided in two-bed rondavels.
The Wolhuter Trail is named after one of the first game rangers, Harry Wolhuter. He became renowned after single-handedly killing a lion with a hunting knife. The incident occurred while he was patrolling the park on horseback. Game in this region includes three of the Big Five – rhino, elephant and buffalo. Other species include reedbuck, sable, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, wildebeest, warthog and zebra. Participants should be relatively fit because they may have to walk 20km a day.
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
The Nyalaland Trail is one of the most remote and spectacular wilderness trails in the Kruger National Park. The secluded campsite on the Madzaringwe River is surrounded by the Soutpansberg Mountains’ towering cliffs. The topography makes it a bird-watcher’s paradise with species such as Pel’s Fishing Owls, Verreaux Eagles, grey-headed parrots and mottled Spinetails. But the real jewel in this crown is the large number of giant baobab trees that thrive in this area. The region is also home to other rarely-spotted animals such as Nyalas, the Sharps Grysbok, Eland, Yellow-Spotted Rock Hyrax, Rock Rabbits, Elephants Shrews and Roan Antelope.The fossilised remains of two species of dinosaur can be viewed at a site above the Levhuvhu River, which is situated about seven kilometres of the campsite and well worth the hike.
These are but a few of the wilderness trails and other spectacular treasures hidden from the eyes of tourists on public roads. To discover some of the 94% secrets of the KNP, visitors should not hesitate to contact Kruger Park Travel. They have been specialising in safaris for many years and can even custom-design a trip to suit individual needs.