Your experience can be tailor-made to suit the needs and interests of your group. Each experience lasts three days – from Friday to Monday or Tuesday to Friday. Below is an outline of what you can expect on your walking safari:
- Upon arrival at Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails, you’ll receive a warm welcome and enjoy a detailed orientation of the camp.
- Once you are shown to your room, you will have free time to settle in and relax. The rangers provide a full briefing on the camp rules, safety and the itinerary for the next couple of days so you know what to expect. They will answer any questions happily.
- Your first morning will start just before dawn, but not without a cup of hot coffee, tea and a rusk to warm you up.
- From there, the walking safari begins from camp, or we may drive to a designated point from where the morning walk will commence. Morning walks last around 3.5 hours.
- We return in the late morning so that you can enjoy some time to relax and perhaps even squeeze in a much-needed siesta.
- After brunch, the afternoon activity comprises a short afternoon walk lasting 1.5 to 2 hours. These are enjoyed with traditional “sundowners” and snacks, as the setting African sun bids a fiery farewell to the horizon.
- Upon returning to camp, the smells of a hearty meal prepared by the Mthimkhulu staff provide a warm welcome.
- Your second day will follow the routine of the first day’s activities with an additional game drive. Remember, you can always pre-request a more tailormade itinerary.
- Enjoy a leisurely start to your last morning at Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails. After a farewell breakfast, you will be taken to your point of departure from the camp.
Local Attractions & Activities
Our bush walks are the core experience at Mthimkhulu and last round 3.5 to 4 hours, while evening walks last between 1.5 to 2 hours. This provides safari enthusiasts with enough time to enjoy sightings of both big and small species that inhabit this diverse region.
Join your armed tracker-guide as you venture deep into the wilderness, taking note of spoor (tracks) and dung, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. Learn about the different species of trees, plants and herbs as you walk behind the rangers, maintaining a safe, respectful distance from some of the more dangerous wildlife.
Over 500 bird species are endemic to the Kruger region, many of which you will have an opportunity to see up close during your walking safari at Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails. Delight in the chance sightings of Red-winged Starling, Grey-rumped swallow, Pearl Breasted Swallow, Brown-throated Martin, Horus Swift and Red-Billed oxpecker by day. As the sun sets, listen for the calls of the African scops-owl, Pearl Spotted owlet, African Barred owlet, Barn Owl and the European nightjar. The riverine environment means storks are aplenty, including the Saddle-Billed stork, Marabou stork, Yellow-billed stork and the Woolly-necked stork.
Nothing beats the thrill of a 4x4 game drive at night when you may encounter one of South Africa’s Big 5. Spot such species as wild dog, spotten hyena, caracal and honey badger as they go about their nocturnal activities, oblivious to your presence.
Nothing beats a hearty meal in the bush. Mealtimes at Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails are shared with fellow guests and your rangers. In the evenings, you can enjoy a traditional South African braai (BBQ) to the soundtrack of hundreds of cicadas. This is the perfect time to reconnect with your fellow adventurers, and even yourself, as you swap stories around the hypnotic campfire.
Polish your lenses and prime your photographer eye. Your walking safari and game drives will reward you with ample photography opportunities. Mthimkhulu Wilderness Trails is highly recommended for experienced and amateur photography enthusiasts seeking to practice their nature photography.
Gaze upwards at the glittering canopy of stars. With very light pollution, the expansive sky is yours to explore as you identify constellations and stars around the warm glow of the campfire.