A guided walk in the morning and a game drive late afternoon into the early evening – that is one of the safari “packages” available to our guests on a daily basis. Visitors must indicate which one of the following options they prefer:
Two game drives – one in the morning and one late afternoon into the early evening – in open 4×4 safari vehicles, accompanied by knowledgeable, armed guides
One morning safari walk and one late-afternoon game drive into the early evening, accompanied by knowledgeable, armed trails guides.
Should you wish to participate in a morning safari walk, please chat with your guide/ranger upon arrival in camp to arrange this.
No one under 16 years of age is allowed on safari walks.
The upper age-limit is 60 years. For various reasons, including guests’ wellbeing and enjoyment, visitors who are over the age of 60 must be in possession of a doctor’s letter indicating that they are fit to walk for about 2,5 to 3 hours in the African bush.
Children 16 to 21 years of age must be accompanied by an adult(s).
Your safari guide/ranger will give you a thorough safety briefing before your safari walk, so that you are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to that particular activity. Please do remember that you are in a wild environment, and it is important to listen to your guide at all times. Please feel free to ask questions. There will be ample opportunity to examine interesting features of the environment, observe the animals and learn more about the African bush in general. Photography is allowed during all activities, but under the guidance of your ranger.
(NB: Also read Shindzela Tented Camp’s safety rules).
More details pertaining to your Safari Walk:
The walks usually last for between 2 and 3 hours. During the summer months, these may be of shorter duration due to the thicker vegetation and summer heat.
All walks are led by experienced, armed trails guides. A maximum of 8 guests are allowed on a guided walk.
For their own safety and enjoyment, guests participating in safari walks should adhere strictly to the instructions given by the guides.
The walking trails are not specifically focused on seeking the Big Five, but rather on educating guests about the safari environment as a whole, including the insect and plant life, general game, the habitats of certain smaller animals, and vegetation. However, there is always the possibility of encountering larger animals while on foot. If this happens, remember to do what the rangers instruct you to do.
Please note that our safari walks are weather permitting. For example, if in the opinion of the specific guide it is too windy or rainy, no walk will be conducted.
Please do let your guide know upon arrival at the camp if you would like to participate in a walk.
The Timbavati is home to over 40 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other game that you may see while on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention but a few.
Numerous bird species have been recorded in the reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam freely.
There are also a large number of reptiles and insects.
What to wear/bring: Neutral-coloured safari clothing, a hat, comfortable, closed walking shoes, a fleece and a light raincoat, sunblock, a camera, and binoculars.
Shindzela contact number:
Office/Emergency: +2782 307 9493.