"On foot, you are much more a part of nature. You can walk in freedom, without the protection of the vehicle. You can touch and smell the soil and leaves and sometimes get close up to wild animals... not so close to endanger the animal or ourselves but to be able to see them in their natural environment doing what they normally do. It is not about the distance walked but the details in nature. Even in a couple of hundred metres, there is so much to see...tracks, insects, birds and trees as well as animals."
Walking safaris are the ultimate safari experience, says Joris Bertens, Managing Director of aha Sefapane Lodges and Safaris and highly experienced Trails Guide in Limpopo.
"I prefer walking in the bush and a lot of my guests like to go with me. Every walk is a memorable experience. It is nice to get close to large animals, like elephants, especially if they don’t know you are there. And the odd lion encounter is exciting... but it is just as exciting to come across a Ground Hornbill or to see rare antelope like bushbuck and eland. Every day in the bush is a great day with something to surprise you.
The great majority of the Kruger National Park is in Limpopo, but there are so many beautiful reserves like the mountain reserves in Venda, the Soutpansberg and around Magoebaskloof. Nature has got no limits in Limpopo. We join across borders in Reserves with Mozambique and Zimbabwe... we are a very unique province. I really encourage our visitors to come and explore nature and not just for 2 days. Spend your holiday in Limpopo to get the most out of it. Enjoy adventure tourism, great cuisine and great hospitality with our many eco-tourism lodges.
After a walk or drive, a bush-braai at the Olifants River is the best way to end your Safari experience. It is just magnificent to dine out in nature under the stars without any fences. Just a fire, torches and sometimes the call of lions and hyaena or an elephant coming through the bush.
My baby son has added a new dimension to my life and I hope that he will be as passionate about conservation as I am. I would like to see the children from the disadvantaged communities around our reserves participating and benefiting from nature too. I want to pass on to my son and all the children of Africa the message that as she takes care of us with oxygen, food and water, we need to take care of Mother Nature and conserve our Reserves for future generations."
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