There is a world of difference between experiencing a safari in Africa on foot, "old style", than from the tinted windows of a luxury bus! To walk is to be on even ground with African wildlife, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily dramas of their lives, sharing their space. To walk is to follow tracks, feel the tingle of your own senses, and hear the beating of your heart as you edge closer to a herd of elephant, feeding in the river. Sleeping in a tent, under the Jackelberry trees of Tusker Camp, with only the canvas of your tent between you and the bush - it's an experience not easily forgotten.
A safari is a journey of the body and the soul, a venture into the unknown and an opportunity to face some of the mysteries of nature. Transfrontiers believes in the magic of the bush, and we strive to offer that “once in a lifetime experience” to all of our guests.
Your safari start on arrival at a lovely base camp on the edge of the Greater Kruger from where open 4x4 Land Rovers transport you to our exclusive, unfenced tented camp where you will stay during your walking safari.
There are no fences between Kruger National Park it's neighboring private reserves. This area is called Greater Kruger National Park. The advantage of traveling through a exclusive wilderness areas of Greater Kruger is their privacy. Tusker Camp accommodation is exclusive to Transfrontiers' guests.
WHO ARE OUR GUESTS? Our walking safari trails appeal to an adventurous mind, keen on a travel - learning experience. Every walk is a book on its own, with an emphasis on the wonders of nature, big and small. Due to the safety precautions for all trailists, the minimum age guest allowed on trail is 16. Although there is no maximum age, our walks can last up to 6 hours and tracking might lead the trail through thick bush, riverbeds, and gullies. Therefore an average fitness level is required, especially in the hotter summer months (Nov - March). Each trails guide and backup guide walk with a maximum of eight guests.
HOW DO WALKING TRAILS OPERATE? Transfrontiers' operates two trails per week: Monday - Friday (5-day / 4-night) and every Friday - Monday (4-day / 3-night). Our camp is open throughout the year and all departures are guaranteed, however bookings need to be made in advance. Our unfenced camp is private and secluded and not open to day visitors.
Tusker Camp can sleep up to twelve (12) people in large, walk-in, twin-bedded tents. Linen and towels are provided. The windows and doors have mosquito screens, so mosquito netting is not needed. Ablutions are separate, but close, with solar-panel-heated showers and flush toilets. Although we do not have electricity, there are lanterns, candles, and a campfire to guide you around the camp at night. Meals are prepared in the kitchen tent and served in our fireside, dining tent. Each safari is accompanied by one or two experienced and armed guides and Tucker Camp is serviced by two camp attendants and a camp host.
The combination of walks and drives in the open game drive vehicle are dependent upon weather and animal movement. Taking such factors into consideration, we always make sure ot remember that our primary focus is to walk. All activities start from camp in the early mornings, late afternoons, and at night.
Each safari is basic and designed to experience the bush the way one should: on foot. After the first walk you’ll realise you’ve gone back in time – one with your ancestors who roamed these African trails. Although you must always remember: We are working in large wilderness areas, interacting with nature. A walking safaris is where you will learn about the often overlooked gems throughout the bush, as much as it is about experiencing the "big five within their own territory. It is about experiencing the process of tracking, reading the signs of game from spoor, scat and markings to symbiotic relationships and species behavior. Although there are no guarantees on sightings, we do guarantee a real bush experience!