River and Bush Walks#1 in Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park
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If you don't have multiple days to spend at in-park trails like Wolhuter and Nyalaland but want to explore the area on foot, consider signing up for a river walk or a morning or afternoon bush walk. These two- to four-hour walks depart daily from main rest camps like Letaba, Lower Sabie, Olifants, Satara and Skukuza. However, river walks by the Olifants River are only offered at the Olifants rest camp. Each walk is led by two experienced guides.
Large game, birds and insects are regularly spotted during bush walks, so bring your camera with you. Do not be startled to see your guides carrying loaded rifles; rangers are armed solely to protect you from animals. And as an added precaution, you will be asked to wear neutral colors, which help you blend in with your surroundings. Recent travelers recommend the bush walks offered at Lower Sabie and Satara.
Restrooms are not available during river and bush walks, but you'll be given a light snack during longer excursions. Morning walks start at 4 or 5 a.m. and last four hours, while afternoon walks at Letaba and Skukuza leave every day at 3:30 or 4 p.m. and return around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Olifants' two-hour river walks begin at 9 or 9:30 a.m. daily. All guided walks depart from their designated rest camps, which you can reach by car or safari vehicle, and cost approximately 275 to 575 South African rand (roughly $21 to $43) per person. Children younger than 12 cannot participate in a river or bush walk, while adults older than 65 will be required to prove that they are physically fit. If you book a safari tour through select providers like Outlook Safaris, bush walks may be included in your package. For more information about river and bush walk restrictions, fees and locations, visit Kruger National Park's website.
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#2 Kruger Tablets (Nkayeni Region)
Though Kruger boasts several locations where lions are known to linger, one of the best places to spot the park's big cats is atop the Kruger Tablets. Nestled along the southern edge of Nkayeni Region, the Kruger Tablets are dedicated to Paul Kruger, the founder of the Sabie Game Reserve, which later became Kruger National Park. A plaque on one of the site's rocks can still be seen from the adjacent road.
Lions enjoy lounging on rock formations, so it's hardly surprising that Kruger's rock pilings – including the Kruger Tablets – are a popular lion haven. Odds are you'll snap tons of photos of these animals while in the area. But remember: Lions are dangerous animals, so stay in your car or safari vehicle at all times.
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