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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!
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.
There are two dome tents available, about 3 x 3m each. The tent offers you a comfortable bed with top quality linen provided and enough space for all your belongings. You share the bathroom in the main area, where you have as well the possibility to charge your electronic devices. A solar lantern for the necessary light at night is provided.
A chair in front of the tent offers you a place to sit outside, unwind and watch the wildlife around camp.
This program gives you some insight into the walking safaris. Changes in the sequence or the content may occur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today marks the end of your trip and will start with a full cooked breakfast prior to your departure.
Yoga is a part of Sabrina's practice for years. She joined a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Berne, Switzerland. With it, yoga became an even more important part of her life, not only on the mat but in her daily life. Visiting southern Africa in 2016 for the very first time, she fell in love with the wild African bush and its inhabitants. Since then she regularly travels to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and recently to Kenya. The enthusiasm for the bush leads her to Field and Trails Guide training.
Jan Hendrik is a passionate Professional Field Guide with over 12 years of experience in the African bush which took him to many countries across Africa. By walking more than 2'000 hours in over 15 different Reserves and National Parks with Big Five qualified Jan Hendrik as a Professional Trails Guide and Tracker. He has a passion for birds and flowers. Walking with Jan Hendrik is always an Adventure and his enthusiasm for the African bush is contagious.
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.
Breakfast is prepared for you in a box so iLala Safaris can bring it on your daily game walk and enjoy it out in the bush. Lunch and dinner will be prepared for you in the camp.
They offer vegetarian, vegan options, and can accommodate any kind of allergies. Please let iLala Safaris know beforehand.
O. R. Tambo International Airport
Transfer not provided
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 picks you up or organizes transport. It is as well possible to book a flight directly to Hoedspruit Airport, wherefrom iLala Safaris will pick you up.
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