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Guided Walking Safari in South Africa

Find your way back to nature on this 10-day walking safari in the Selati Game Reserve. A truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big 5 can be met here!

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible. If there is a group of 6 guests or more, iLala Safaris can make a private tour otherwise it is a group tour, open to everyone.
  • Group size: max 8 persons
  • Children's policy: Due to the nature of the activities, only guests from the age of 18 years old are allowed to participate.
  • Language: English, German, Swiss-German, and Afrikaans-speaking guides available
  • All park fees are included

Meet the guides

Sabrina & Jan Hendrik
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Highlights

  • Opportunity to see all Big Five
  • Visit an archaeological site and vulture restaurant
  • Try to spot warthog, waterbuck, hyena, and various birds
  • Morning and afternoon outings with sessions during midday in camp as well
  • 9 nights accommodation at a tented camp in the Selati Game Reserve
  • Private vehicles and activities for your small group
  • Cycad Reserve on top of Lillie Koppie

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10 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: 4-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
08:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Safari tent

The camp consists of only three safari tents (stand-up height) which will have two comfortable beds with top quality linen provided (can be joined to form doubles on request), en-suite open air bathrooms with hot showers, toilets and a washbasin with a mirror. There is a cupboard and charging points for your electronics available.

In front of the tent is a cozy seating place at your disposal where you can enjoy the beautiful view into the bush and watch the animals walking past.

Program

This program gives you some insight into the walking safaris. Changes in the sequence or the content may occur.

Day 1

Guests typically arrive in Hoedspruit in the morning and will be met and collected by Lalapalm Yoga Safari at the Rock Fig Center. Followed by an hour vehicle transfer to the camp in the Selati Game Reserve. Or Lalapalm Yoga Safari will meet you directly at the gate of the Reserve.

You will have time to settle and freshen-up in your tent prior to a light lunch followed by a safety briefing and a talk about the program for the upcoming days – setting expectations and prepping you for what will be an epic wildlife experience.

Then the group will depart for a relaxed walk outside of camp, slowly introducing everyone to the environment and stretching your legs after a long day of travel.

Day 2

Your days will start early, typically before sunrise, for a quick cup of coffee and some cereals prior to meet for your game walk. This walk will focus on the introduction of Selati, the Savanna Biome and the vegetation in this area. Lalapalm Yoga Safari guides will explain to you the walking technique and the way of finding and approaching animals.

Potential target mammal species in the Selati Game Reserve include leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, hyena, zebra, giraffe, warthog, waterbuck, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, and nyala.

Eventually, you will slow down from chasing down the larger, rarer iconic mammals as you start to focus more on the birdlife and other creatures that call this reserve home.

Target bird species are far too numerous to mention them all, but a few specials include Grey-hooded Kingfisher, Western Osprey, Lappet-faced Vulture, Thick-billed Cuckoo, and many more species.

The morning game walks are typically 3 to 5 hours in duration and consist of a mid-way breakfast break in a nice spot.

Arriving back in camp, you will have a chance to return to your rooms and freshen up briefly before a well-deserved lunch around 1 p.m.

There is then a break during mid-day and the use of this break will either be for a siesta or will be discussed to you during the safari if otherwise.

Afternoon tea prior to heading out for the afternoon activity which typically leaves around 3 or 4 p.m. You will focus on tracks and tracking animals. During the walk, the guides will teach you different tracks and how to track an animal. If the group finds fresh tracks, you will start following the animal and try to find it.

Upon arrival at camp there will be ample time to freshen up prior to dinner and discussions on the next day’s program.

Day 3

In the morning, you will have a long walk towards the river to see what Big 5 you can find. On this walk, you will focus on the birds and their call in this area. In the afternoon, you will hike on top of a small hill and enjoy the view from up there.

Day 4

The camp area is a popular spot for black and white rhinos. You will go out to look for tracks and signs to find them. In the afternoon, you will be dropped off about 3 kilometers from camp and have a slow walk back to camp. During the walk, you will focus on trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers and explain to you the ecological roles of them.

After dinner you will have an astronomy talk, where the Lalapalm Yoga Safari team introduces you to the stars of the southern hemisphere.

Day 5

You will leave early morning with the vehicle towards the area of an archaeological site. In the last stretch, you will walk on foot to explore the hill and its surroundings. Your breakfast break you have on top of the hill. This place is normally a good area to spot elephants, rhinos, and lions.

There will be no afternoon activity. After dinner, you will depart for a night game drive. You drive with a spotlight searching for some nocturnal creatures. These can include leopard, lion, genet, civit, various mongoose species, bush babies, and much more.

Day 6

In the morning, you will hike up the highest mountain in the area called La Bela France. Around this mountain, you can usually find Black Rhino, Elephants, and Elands. You will slowly spiral up the mountain towards the peak. Vultures normally fly around the mountain due to the updrafts it creates, giving you a spectacular view of Whitebacked Vultures as they soar around you.

In the afternoon, you will have a small drive towards the mountain that we climbed in the morning and prepare and eat dinner there on the deck with a fantastic view of the reserve.

Day 7

In the morning, you will drive out to a specific location and then walk back to camp. This location will depend on your understanding of the animal's movements to better your chances of animal encounters. On this walk, you will focus on the animal behavior.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a drive out to the vulture restaurant. From there, you will drive to a nice sundowner spot where you will watch the sunset. During this drive, you will learn a lot about birds and their behavior.

Day 8

You will drive towards the Cycad reserve and stop at the bottom of Lillie Koppie. You will then walk on top, where you visit the ancient cycads and learn more about them. While enjoying the amazing view you will have your breakfast break.

You will be back later than usual and have the afternoon off. After dinner, you drive out to go on another night drive.

Day 9

Walking from camp early morning will give you a good start into the day. You will try to find whatever animals you heard at night around camp. In the afternoon, you drive to a magical place and have your last sundowner of those 10 days.

Day 10

Today marks the end of your trip and will start with a full cooked breakfast prior to your departure.

Included excursions

  • Visit the Cycad Reserve on top of Lillie Koppie
  • Explore archaeological sites
  • Visit the vulture restaurant (dependent on feeding time)
  • Breakfast on one of the Koppies / mountains with a beautiful view
  • Hiking on top of a mountain in the reserve

Guides

Sabrina Krattinger

Jan Hendrik Hanekom

Location

The Selati Game Reserve is a 27 000 ha private reserve situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa with unique biodiversity and unmatched beauty. It is the Ga-Salati River running through it which is a tributary of the Olifants River.

Founded in 1993 through the collaborative effort of landowners in the area who shared a common vision, the Reserve plays a vital role in conserving and enhancing the wildlife heritage of South Africa.

The Reserve is home to the Lillie Cycad Reserve which contains the critically endangered Encephalartos dyerianos cycad, which can only be found here.

Selati is a Big Five area but also has Cheetah, Black and White Rhino, Hyenas, Hippo and many more. It is also home to the biggest population of free-roaming Sable antelope in Southern Africa due to a very good breeding program.

Due to vulture numbers diminishing in Southern Africa, Selati has established a vulture restaurant which feeds vultures on a regular basis, contributing to their conservation. This allows for some of the best vulture viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.

Food

Breakfast is prepared as take away so we can bring it on our morning walking safari, during which we will have a break and enjoy our breakfast out in the bush.

Lunch and dinner will be prepared and served at the camp.

The menu plan consists of international dishes combined with traditional South African cuisine.

They offer vegetarian, vegan options, and can accommodate any kind of allergies. Please let iLala Safaris know beforehand.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Water, tea, coffee, and juices
  • Entrance fee and excursions during these days

What's not included

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Pre and post-safari accommodation and transfers to Selati Game Reserve
  • Other drinks at the camp
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines, etc.)
  • Entry visa fees
  • Bank charges

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). You can choose to arrive by shuttle service from O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, where iLala Safaris organizes a transport for you to the camp. It is as well possible to book a flight directly to Hoedspruit Airport, wherefrom iLala Safaris can organize you a transport for you to the camp.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Saturday October 16, 2021
(10 days / 9 nights)

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