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X-Day Walking Safari

in Makalali Game Reserve

Find your way back to nature on this 7-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 Five can be met here!

COUNTRY

South Africa

LOCATION

Makalali Game Reserve

DURATION

7 Days | 6 Nights

MIN. AGE

18 years

UPCOMING DATES

xx October 2023 - XX October 2023

12 April 2023 - 18 April 2023

24 May 2023 - 30 May 2023

4 October 2023 - 10 October 2023

8 November 2023 - 14 November 2023

HIGHLIGHTS

All Big Five can be met here

Private vehicles and activities for our small group

Morning and afternoon activities

Small group of 8 - along with Sabrina and Jan Hendrik as your expert hosts

Cycad Reserve on top of Lillie Koppie

Archaeological Sites

6 nights' accommodation at a tented camp in the Selati Game Reserve

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The Camp

The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR), together with the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve forms the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve (GMNR), is currently a 25,000-hectare game reserve and a registered Protected Area (PA). The GMNR is situated outside Gravelotte in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, in the triangle between Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa and Tzaneen.

This intimate bush camp is situated in the riverine forest on the banks of the Makhutswi River. Its secluded location offers fantastic views of savannah animals, lion and elephant.

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Located in the Selati Game Reserve this is an authentic tented camp, set in an unfenced wilderness environment. Accommodation is in comfortable canvas Safari Tents. The Safari Tents each have its own open-air bathroom and a cozy seating place in front of the tent. The main area of the camp features a kitchen, a lounge area, a Braai and fire place as well as two splash pools.

The camp is surrounded by some magnificent large trees providing nice shade. The camp is unfenced giving you an authentic wild experience. The trees attract a lot of different birds with their singing filling the air during the day. The waterhole next to the fire place draws a lot of animals especially in the early evenings. 

The splash pools offer you a cool-down on hot afternoons after the game walk. Around the fire place is the perfect spot for a sundowner and to relax after an eventful day. In the main area is where we serve coffee early morning before the activity, lunch, tea and as well as dinner.

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The Accommodation

The accommodation will be basic but comfortable, as a bush camp should be!

Job’s Halt consists of 4 comfortable 2-bed chalets, which offers an authentic and adventurous stay in the magical African bush.

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The Schedule

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In the following we would like to give you a glimpse into a typical day on our Walking Safari as well as an overview of what those days in the bush look like. Although we don't want to make our schedule too rigid but rather keep it flexible dependent on the movement of the animals, their behavior during a specific season, dependent on the interest of our guests, and other external factors like the weather. But still we believe in a certain structure and want to give you an idea of what you can expect during our time together.

On our first day of our safari the guests arrive by transfer from Hoedspruit in the early afternoon. Alternatively we meet them directly at the gate, where they arrive with their own (rental-)car.

After everyone was shown their tent, there is an introduction and

some snacks in the main area. At around three o'clock we go out on a short walk to get everyone used to the new environment and stretch our legs after a day of traveling.

This is a little structure on how a typical day might look like:

5:00 | Wake-up

5:30 | Coffee, Tea and Rusks in the main area

6:00 | Morning Walk / Drive: We head out early morning on foot from camp or direve out to walk in a different area. To rest our feet we might even go on a sole game drive.

12:00 | At around 12 o'clock we arrive back in camp, on some days we might come back a bit earlier and on others later. Now you have about an hour for yourself before lunch is ready.

13:00 | Lunchtime

14:00 | Time for yourself to relax, to cool down in the splash pool, to read a book or take a nap.

15:00 | Afternoon activity: The exact activity in the afternoon can vary, as in the morning.

18:00 | Enjoy the sunset, refreshment around the fire and enjoying whatever comes to the waterhole at night.

19:00 | Dinnertime

On our walks we are always on the lookout for the Big Five but will show you a lot of smaller things like insects, birds, trees, flowers, tracks and signs and much more. We like to teach you about how nature is all connected and every little thing has its purpose and superpower. 

Since Selati Game Reserve is home of the very unique Cycad Reserve, we hike to the top and show you the highly endangered cycads and the stunning view. 

One morning we hike up the highest mountain in the area called La Bela France. Around the mountain you can usually find Black Rhino, Elephants and Elands. We 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 White-backed Vultures as they soar around you.

If we get the change we leave early morning with the vehicle towards the area of an archeological site. The last stretch we walk on foot to explore the hill and its surroundings. While having our breakfast break on top of the hill it gives us the opportunity to spot some elephants, rhinos or lions.

One evening after dinner we head out for a night drive introducing you to the night life of the bush. We drive with a spotlight searching for some nocturnal creatures, like leopard, lion, genet, civit, various mongoose species, bush babies and much more.

On another occasion an astronomy talk is waiting after dinner, where we introduce you to the stars of the southern hemisphere.

As John Lennon already mentioned: "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." This is typical for the bush too, and the reason why we adapt our schedule to whatever happens around us.

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The Prices

PRICES 2023

Price per Person

Chalets with en-suite bathroom - single use:

Chalets with en-suite bathroom - shared:

R 23'000

R 19'000

Included

  • Accommodation as stated above.

  • All meals.

  • Coffee and Tea.

  • Entrance fee and excursions / activities during these days.

Excluded

  • Flights and airport taxes.

  • Pre and post safari accommodation and transfers to the camp.

  • Other drinks at the Camp.

  • Gratuities.

  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).

  • Entry Visa Fees.

  • Bank Charges.

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