Africa on Foot is a unique camp in the Kruger that offers professional guided walking safaris with qualified trail guides. Each walking safari lasts about from 2-3 hours and begins with a comprehensive demonstration on how to behave when encountering animals. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers who have had intensive specialized training in approaching dangerous game.
In the evenings, guests are taken on game drive, which brings you a lot closer to big game. The animals are habituated to the vehicle, which means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the larger predators; even while they're feasting on a recent kill.
The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. Your chances of seeing leopard in particular are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck you might even encounter the predators such as lion and leopard hunting. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals.
During summer, an early wake-up at 05h00 starts the day (while winter is later at 05h45). It gets very hot and guides like to bring guests back to camp before 9am while it is still cool. Walks take between 2 and 3 hours and are followed by a hearty breakfast at the dining table.
Between 11h00 and 14h30 guests have time to themselves. Relax with a book, take a nap with the sounds of the local birdlife, have a dip in the pool and catch a tan in the sun. At 14h30 lunch is served, consisting of salads, cheese, cold meat and a light quiche or pie.
Game drive begins at 15h30 and traverses this exceptional area of the Klaserie. At the time the sun sets, guides take their guests to a spot where they can snack on biltong, nuts and chips, while sipping on something cold. Return to the lodge by 19h30 and freshen up before dinner at about 08h30.
The general rule with Kruger safaris is that the best game viewing happens during the winter months. The bush is drier and game is more visible without thick greenery to hide behind.
The summer rainfall that occurs from November to April fills the waterholes and the riverbeds, so the animals spread out much more and become more difficult to see. The temperature in winter is warm, while the evenings and mornings can get quite chilly, but this is more pleasant than the scorching heat of summer, which makes winter a better time to visit the Klaserie.
For those who love birding and beautiful, lush landscapes, summer is the time to go. It is also a lot quieter in summer in terms of crowds so the experience could be even more exclusive.
During the summer months the weather can be hot and sticky, while early morning game drives and night drives can be chilly, so you may want to bring a few things for every occasion.
Some of the essentials for a trip on safari in South Africa are mentioned below:
Comfortable, closed walking shoes; sun block in the form of SPF lotion and a hat; some neutral-coloured clothing for when you are out on safari; light, airy clothing for midday heat; a bathing costume; scarves and warm jackets for the winters (May to October); any camera or recording equipment; and a pair of binoculars.
Expect to feel at home in Africa. The camp is relaxed and comfortable and the guides and staff are warm and friendly. It is an intimate camp with only 5 chalets so the experience at Africa on Foot is cosy and personal with the flexibility that can only be enjoyed at a small camp.
The walking safari is a specialised activity designed to give guests a more in-depth look at the bush they are traversing. The detail in the trees, tracks, and smaller animals provide another dimension to a regular safari. Expect to learn and love the Klaserie on foot.
This is an unfenced camp that blends naturally into its surroundings with a lot of wood, clay and thatch. Any number of the Big 5 can wander in and around camp, while nocturnal creatures like honey badgers, porcupines and hyenas visit the camp at night.