3-Night Wilderness Trails Experience
2020 Trail Dates:
26 – 29 March 2020
30 April – 03 May 2020
28 May – 31 May 2020
25 June – 28 June 2020
30 July – 02 August 2020
27 August – 30 August 2020
24 September – 27 September 2020
29 October – 01 November 2020
26 November – 29 November
COST: R4600 per person.
Immerse yourself in the African bush for a few days and come away with not only more knowledge on how intricately entwined nature is but having created space for personal growth.
With hundreds of safari experiences to choose from, none come even close to an opportunity to experience the sensory magic of exploring a wilderness area on foot. Instead of just seeing nature from a safari vehicle a walking trail gives you the opportunity to see, hear, touch and smell and perhaps even taste the wild.
Our Wilderness Trails Experience exposes trailists to the exhilaration of walking in a Big 5 environment where, under the guidance of highly experienced, knowledgeable and ethical trails guides, we bring the wonder of natures’ intrinsic beauty alive. There are so much to see and to experience. A sensory delight of magical proportions. It’s easy to miss the small things while on a game drive but being on foot gives one the opportunity to appreciate both the big and the small aspects of nature as one by one mother nature reveals her secrets to those who take the time to appreciate them.
All three nights are spent in comfortably equipped 2-man explorer tents in Somhkanda Game Reserve with communal ablution facility with hot and cold water as well as flushing toilets. Cell phone coverage is intermittent, and trailists are encouraged to avoid using these devices as much as possible so as not to be distracted from the beauty and peacefullness of your surroundings.
- 3-nights’ accommodation in two-man canvas tents.
- 3 Meals per day
- All activities on the itinerary
- Services of experienced trails guide
- Small day backpack to carry personal items, water and or snacks while on the trail
- Snacks for while you’re out on trail
- Own Toiletries – enviro-friendly, biodegradable
- Binoculars, Cameras,
- Sleeping Bags and Pillows.
- Water bottle
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Slops, sandals for use around camp
- Hat, Sunglasses and sunblock
- Sufficient Neutral coloured clothing for the duration of the trail
- Swimming Costume ( optional )
- Rain Coat
- Torch / Headlamp with spare batteries
- Power packs for charging cell phones
- Warm wind-proof jacket
- Insect repellent
- Small personal medical kit with personal medicines
- Nature books ( optional )
- Pen and paper ( optional )
Venue: Somkhanda Game Reserve
|Day 1 |
|11h00 – Arrive at Somkhanda Gate|
|Game Drive en route to Camp|
|Camp and Reserve Orientation Briefing|
|Lunch and Rest Break|
|Afternoon walk ( 2 hrs – 3 hrs)|
|Back to camp for Dinner|
|Day 2 – 3 |
Friday to Saturday
|Early Morning Walk ( approx. 3 – 4 hrs )|
|Brunch at approx. 10h00|
|Return to camp for Lunch|
|Afternoon Game Walk or Drive|
|Dinner back at Camp|
|Day 4 |
|Early Morning Walk ( approx. 3 hrs )|
|11h00 – Departure from Camp back to Gate|
|11h30 – Depart for home|
Each trail group is accompanied by a Lead Trails Guide and a Back-up Trails Guide who are both highly trained and experienced. Both are trained and competent in the use of the rifles they carry, and your safety is their primary focus on the trail. It is essential that trailists obey any instruction issued by either one of them.
All trails must have a minimum of four participants otherwise Wildside Trails Co. reserves the right to cancel the trail. If a trail is cancelled by Wildside Trails Co., either a full refund will be given, or trailists will be given the option to book for a future date.
A maximum of eight trailists
We will do all possible to accommodate special dietary requests however this cannot be guaranteed due to the remote location of the camp.
Travel Insurance is essential
It is a condition of booking that all travellers, including any accompanying dependants or companions, are covered by fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance for the duration of
their trip. This insurance should include cover for the following eventualities:
· Cancellation and curtailment of tour
· Emergency evacuation expenses
· Medical expenses
· Repatriation expenses and
Wildside Safari Co. / Wildside Magazine, its representatives, employees and agents, will accept no responsibility whatsoever for any costs or losses incurred or suffered by the traveller, traveller’s dependants or
travelling companions, with regard to, but not limited to, any of the
for any emergency services required or may find themselves in a position where they are unable to access such services.
Wildside Safari Co. / Wildside Magazine shall not be liable for any loss, damage or expense of any nature whatsoever suffered by the traveller arising from:
· The loss of or any damage to any property
· The cancellation or curtailment of any tour
· Sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots and/or any other cause of any nature whatsoever,
Wildside Walking Safari Co. / Wildside Magazine reserves the right to alter or substitute planned itinerary including all aspects of said itinerary should a situation beyond our control arise. In such instances, substitutes of equal value will be offered wherever possible. If, in the opinion of Wildside Walking Safari Co. / Wildside Magazine, the fulfilment of any trails experience is considered impossible, illegal or inadvisable due to adverse weather conditions,
violent protests, war, government interference and/or any other cause not arising from Wildside Walking Safari Co./ Wildside Magazines’ negligence, it may at any time cancel such tour or what remains of it or make alterations to
the route, accommodation, price and/or any other aspect as it thinks fit, and any losses and expenses resulting from such cancellation or alteration shall be borne by the traveller.
Payment by a client of a deposit or any other partial payment for a reservation with Wildside Walking Safari Co. / WildsideMagazine constitutes consent by all clients covered by that payment to all the terms, conditions and
provisions stipulated by Wildside Walking Safari Co. / Wildside Magazine.
All traillists are expected to get themselves to and from Somkhanda Game Reserve , by means of their own transportation. No 4×4 vehicle is required as on arrival at the game reserve you will be transferred to the camp in a 4×4 game viewer vehicle. Transfers from Durban International or Richardsbay Airport can be arranged at an additional cost.
Where possible each
There is no maximum age restriction, but participants must be physically fit. Participants over 65 should produce a doctor’s certificate confirming they are fit to participate. No children under 14 years are allowed to participate in the Wilderness Experience for safety reasons. All children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Proof of age will be requested at the time of booking.
50% deposit is required to confirm the reservation ( payable with 5 working days of confirmation of booking ) . The balance is payable six weeks before the departure of the trail. If booked less than 6 weeks prior to departure of the trail full payment is required within 5 days of booking
Six weeks or more before departure = R250 admin fee
Three to Six weeks before departure = R1000 cancellation fee
Less than Three weeks before departure = R3000 cancellation fee
All participants will be required to sign an indemnity before they can participate in the trail. This will be sent to you upon confirmation of your booking.