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.

What’s included

  • 3-nights’ accommodation in two-man canvas tents.
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Tea/coffee/Water
  • All activities on the itinerary
  • Services of experienced trails guide
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What to bring
  • 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
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimming Costume ( optional )
  • Rain Coat
  • Torch / Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Power packs for charging cell phones
  • Warm wind-proof jacket
  • Socks
  • Insect repellent
  • Small personal medical kit with personal medicines
  • Nature books ( optional )
  • Pen and paper ( optional )
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Programme duration: 3 nights

Venue: Somkhanda Game Reserve

Itinerary in Brief: This is a summary of the proposed itinerary. Activities are subject to change.
Proposed Itinerary
Day 1
Thursday
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
 
Breakfast
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
Sunday
Breakfast
Early Morning Walk ( approx. 3 hrs )
11h00 – Departure from Camp back to  Gate
11h30 – Depart for home
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Important Information

GENERAL

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 are allowed to participate.

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
· Damage / theft / loss of personal baggage, money and goods.

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 above-mentioned eventualities. Travellers not covered by adequate insurance may be charged directly by individual service providers
for any emergency services required or may find themselves in a position where they are unable to access such services.
Additional Information
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, however caused and whether as a result of negligence or otherwise.
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.

TRANSPORT

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Where possible each trailist will be accommodated in their own tent, however this can only be guaranteed approximately two weeks before departure. Should the camp be full, a maximum of two people will be accommodated in each tent. Tents are shared by same-gender participants unless travelling as a couple.  If you would prefer to guarantee that you have single occupancy of your tent rather than share with a fellow trailist ( of the same gender ) at the time of booking , the single occupancy rate is R7575. Children pay full adult rate.

AGE RESTRICTION

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.

PHYSICAL FITNESS
Trailists need to be walking fit and able to walk unaided for up to four hours at a time at an average pace of 2km per hour. If the trails guide feels that a person isn’t going to cope and could pose a danger to fellow traillists, he has the right turn that person away upon arrival. No refunds of trail fees are payable in this instance.
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Traillist may bring a small amount of alcohol to enjoy around the evening campfire, however, no excessive drinking will be allowed for reasons of safety and so as not to detract from the wilderness ethic. Should traillists insist on excessive drinking, the walks will be cancelled until the head trails guide deems everyone fit to walk. This is for your safety as well as that of your fellow traillists. A good guideline is to keep within the legal alcohol limit for driving a vehicle.
PAYMENT

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 

CANCELLATION FEES

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

INDEMNITY

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phone: +27 76 182 3483
General Enquiries – liz@wildsidesa.co.za