AN AUTHENTIC AFRICA
Southern Africa offers some incredible “immersive” experiences that allow you to connect to nature on a deeper, more intimate level; and allow you to experience authentic – and often more exciting – ways to discover and explore untouched wildernesses and the wildlife that inhabits them.
Whether it’s coming within a few feet of an elephant; kayaking past hippos, crocodile and buffalo; or hiking along the edge of a wild coastline, Khaki Fever will show you what it’s like to really experience Africa.
This is the closest you’ll get to being a part of Africa’s wild. Walking safaris are non-intrusive and allow you to truly connect with nature, often recalibrating your perspective on life. See and learn about the smaller things often missed on a traditional safari. From insects and flowers, to trees and birds, your guide will teach you about the ecosystem you’re visiting and how each creature fulfils a special role in it.
Stay in luxury, authentic bush camps and enjoy walking trails each morning and afternoon. Walking safaris are great for families and groups of friends; and it’s easy enough to add a short walking trail onto the end of your traditional wildlife safari! Or simply opt for a few walks instead of game drives at your lodge or bush camp.
Getting off the beaten track is easy with one of our “Into Africa” experiences. Find yourself in the middle of the bush or on a quiet, flowing river surrounded by only the sounds of nature. A lot of guests get tired of sitting on a game drive vehicle for two weeks (there is a lot of eating and drinking on safari too!), so get out, stretch your legs, and get closer to a “real” Africa.
Kayak or canoe safaris offer a more active and non-disruptive way to see the bush and its water-loving wildlife! Your professional and highly skilled guides will get you up close to water birds, frogs, and amazing wildlife sightings like elephants, hippos, crocodiles and lions found on the edge of some of Africa’s mighty rivers and swamps.
Often accompanied by a “mobile safari” set-up or luxury “glamping”, this type of safari is full of adventure and good fun. Highly recommended for families and groups of friends. Add a couple days’ canoe trail onto your traditional Big 5 safari for a real, and unforgettable African experience.
REMOTE & WILD
This highly sought-after adventure comprises a mix of walking and canoeing in order to access the most remote and beautiful areas of this pristine part of Botswana. A helicopter flight will transport you to the starting point of the trail on the Selinda Spilway, a small channel of water linking the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti, and well known for some of Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and elephant, roan antelope and African wild dog. Other possible sightings include cheetah, lion, leopard.
On the 4-day/3-night adventure you will paddle in your 2-man canoe between strategic points, then jump out to explore wooded islands and grassy plains on foot. You’ll be guided by local water-bushmen from the area, the perfect leaders on your physical, spiritual and cultural journey through the reserve. Each night is spent in extreme comfort in an already-set-up camp, and evenings spent around the camp fire, under starlight are a highlight. This is a unique African adventure that will blow you away.
The mighty Zambezi River offers unique and adrenalin-fuelled adventures with big waters and fantastic game viewing. Divided into the Upper Zambezi: a “free flow” stretch with a few small rapids near Victoria Falls; and the Lower Zambezi: this stretch includes Mana Pools National Park and the Lower Zambezi National Park shorelines, which offer almost endless opportunities to view big game and complete isolation. You’ll pass broad floodplains, islands and rugged escarpment on either side of the valley.
There are many types of canoe adventures on offer on the Zambezi, and we’ll help you figure out the best experience for you. From 4-day luxury trails to 10-day participatory adventures, and from luxury “glamping” to rustic camping, we can help you find the right canoe safari that suits your interests and your budget!
Botswana is your destination for some of the best horseback safari experiences, and they’re the safari of a lifetime! Jump onto a pedigree, bush-wise horse and explore the bush like you’re one of the animals that’s lived there for millennia. Zebra, giraffe and elephants will see you as a part of their environment and allow you to join the fringes of the herd as they gallop through shallow swamps. Lions are approached with caution, but don’t fear, your expert, horse-savvy guides will lead you through the phenomenal Okavango Delta with your safety top of mind.
Stay in luxury, authentic bush camps and enjoy a traditional safari experience when you’re not on a horse. Or choose to stay in a magnificent private concession where horse-riding and walking safaris are both on offer. Whether you’re an expert rider, or just a beginner, there is a safari, and a guide, that’ll make your horseback safari an unforgettable experience. Horse-riding adventures are also possible around the Greater Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe and even on the beaches of Mozambique! Just let us know exactly what you’re after and we’ll craft the perfect adventure for you.
If you’re a little more adventurous and seeking more activity while you’re on safari, then one of South Africa’s phenomenal multi-day hiking trails is for you. From the countless trails in the dramatic and magnificent Drakensberg mountains, to the world-famous Otter Trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa has a host of exhilarating hiking experiences that will amaze and excite you. Tag a few days of hiking onto your safari to stretch those legs and get an all-inclusive African experience!
This world-famous trail is the most phenomenal once-in-a-lifetime hiking experience in the Tsitsikamma National Park. You will not see another person, road, or car for four days, and the scenery is truly breath-taking – out of this world. The hike is challenging, and accommodation is in basic wooden huts with bunk beds. All your food, linen, and cooking equipment must be carried with you on this self-guided trail.
Twelve people go on the trail at any one time, so if your group does not fill all twelve spots, you will be hiking with fellow, like-minded adventurers. The trail is in high demand and booking 12-months in advance is essential! If you want to experience nature and its raw beauty in a truly exhilarating way, then the Otter Trail is not to be missed.
Base yourself anywhere in the Drakensberg and you will have a multitude of fantastic day and multi-day hikes to choose from. Phenomenal mountain scenery and indigenous forests create the most magnificent environment for short trails to waterfalls and crystal-clear pools; and longer hikes up rocky escarpments to over-night caves.
There is so much on offer in the ‘Berg: from epic hikes and scenery, to horse riding, a game of golf, or trout fishing, we will help you choose the perfect location depending on the type of Drakensberg experience you’re craving.
The Amatola Trail in the Hogsback area of the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s premier hiking trails, and is a treasure chest for nature lovers. Considered a real-life “fairyland” the area is covered in indigenous forests and ferns, Lord-of-the-Rings-like mountain scenery, endless waterfalls, and pools of pure mountain spring water. The Hogsback area is claimed to be J. R. R. Tolkien‘s (who was born in South Africa) inspiration for The Lord of the Rings, in particular for his fictional forest of Mirkwood.
The 6-day hike has many exciting loops and requires a good degree of fitness. All supplies and linen must be carried with you, and your accommodation is in basic over-night huts with bunk beds. This trail is definitely for the more adventurous at heart, and is a phenomenal experience for any nature-loving, mountain-mad hikers!
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