Wolhuter Trail (Marula Region)#6 in Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park
Located in Kruger's Marula Region, Wolhuter Trail features one of the park's more unique landscapes and some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife. The area's granite outcrops and deep valleys are regularly frequented by animals like elephants, zebras, giraffes and black and white rhinos. An array of birds are also seen here often. What's more, visitors can catch a glimpse of historic relics that date back to the Stone and Iron ages on many of the trail's rock formations.
According to recent travelers, Wolhuter Trail offered some of the best game-viewing and bush accommodations in the park. Plus, many loved the catered meals provided and described the rangers as "friendly" and "knowledgeable." But keep in mind that this area requires a three-night stay, so plan accordingly. Visitors with limited time may want to consider skipping Wolhuter Trail in favor of a bush walk from a traditional rest camp. Also, age and fitness restrictions apply, so consult Kruger National Park's website before booking a stay here.
Wolhuter Trail welcomes travelers ages 12 to 65 every Wednesday afternoon to Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon to Wednesday morning for a one-time fee of 4,500 South African rand (or about $337.50) per person. All visitors are required to stay in the trail's accommodations – which are rustic huts with communal restrooms and no electricity – for three nights. Food cannot be purchased here, but all meals are provided by the in-house chef. Rates also include two days of ranger-led walks, plus round-trip trail transfers from the park's main rest camps. Guests are asked to bring neutral and dark-colored clothing and comfortable closed-toe shoes to wear for the duration of their stay.
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#1 River and Bush Walks
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.
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