3-Night Wilderness Trails Experience

2019 Trail Dates:

13 – 16 February 2019

21 – 24 March 2019

25 – 28 April 2019

16 – 19 May 2019

13 – 16 June 2019

04 – 07 July 2019

08 – 11 August 2019

19 – 22 September 2019

24 – 27 October 2019

21 – 24 November 2019

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.

Our Wilderness Trails Experience will expose trailists to the exhilaration of walking in a Big 5 environment where, under the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable trails guides, you will be shown the wonder of our natural heritage as well as taught a variety of bush skills and wildlife skills throughout the four-day programme.

All three nights are spent at the comfortably equipped Bhejane Zululand Trails Camp outside of Pongola where trailists are housed in comfortable 2-bed tents. The camp has a 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 quiet of your surroundings.

What’s included

  • 3-nights’ accommodation in two-man canvas dome tents.
  • Comfortable single beds ( sheet and duvet incl. )
  • Transport from Reserve Gate. Private vehicles are left in a secure area at the main gate.
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Tea/coffee/Water
  • All activities on the itinerary.
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 )
Programme duration: 3 nights
Venue: Bhejane Zululand Trails Camp (Ebandla)
Itinerary in Brief: This is a summary of the proposed itinerary. Activities are subject to change.
Proposed Itinerary
Day 1
Thursday
11h00 – Arrive at KwaZulu Gate
Game Drive en route to Camp
Camp and Reserve Orientation Briefing
Lunch and Rest Break
Afternoon walk
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 KwaZulu Gate
11h30 – Depart for home from KwaZulu gate

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 six 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 Bhejane Zululand Trails Camp outside of Pongola, Northern KZN, 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 15 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 within 5 working days of confirmation of booking. The balance is payable six weeks before the departure of the trail.
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