Guided Bush Walks

A fresh perspective of the bush

Being on foot in the wilderness is a very special experience. At one with the environment, it’s easier to immerse yourself completely in the bush instead of simply spectating from a vehicle.
Our guides are all qualified to lead guests on foot, an accreditation which takes literally hundreds of hours of practical experience. Walking safaris will always be accompanied by a lead trails guide, as well as a backup trails guide. This is wild Africa, and the safety of our guests is paramount at all times.
We offer three options in terms of bush walks.
Bush Walk
A walk on the wild side…
(60-120 minutes. Maximum of 8 people)
Our Bush Walk is for those who like to get active. Walkers depart from the Lodge after breakfast and head out directly into the bush.
Track animals from their ‘spoor’ left in the sand, or find tell-tale signs of their passage through marks left on trees and rocks. Learn about the medicinal value of plants, or of the geology of rock formations and characteristic landscapes. If you know where to look you will find the answers that make sense of the natural kingdom. And meeting an animal at eye level lends itself to a very beautiful communion.
Walks are between 2 and 5 kilometres in distance, and are dependent on the fitness level and specific interests of the guest.
Cost:  Included in the daily rate

Full Day Bush Walk
(10 hours. Minimum 4 / Maximum 8 guests. For guests staying 3 nights or longer. Note: Available only in the cooler months: May – July)
Adventurous and active guests who are inclined to spend more time on foot have the option of booking a full day walking experience.  Departing from the Lodge at 07h00, breakfast and lunch are served out in the bush. The anticipated time of return is 17h00.
To avoid disappointment, full day walks must be reserved prior to arrival. Download our 2024 (2023) Guest’s Information form to be completed by those participating on a Bush Walk.
Cost: Available on request and must be booked in advance. Contact for assistance.

River Walk
Down to the water…. 
(45-90 minutes. Maximum of 8 people) 
Depart from Lukimbi after breakfast, and drive just 10 to 15 minutes until you reach the Crocodile River (located within the Kruger National Park,
where we are the only Lodge to be granted access. This makes for a very personal and exclusive experience indeed).
The Crocodile River is both formidable and magnificent. The landscape dips into bold granite rocks flanking the water, and the sounds you will hear are as impressive as the sight. A cacophony of birds singing, tweeting and calling, coupled with running water and reeds blowing in the wind, with hippos honking loudly in the foreground all make for a heady combination.
After a safety briefing from your guide, you’ll walk a short distance of about 200-300 metres down to edge of the water. Choose a rock and make yourself comfortable. You will be entertained by the family of hippos in the water in front of you, the crocodiles sunning themselves languidly on the riverbank, the hundreds of birds which make the air effervescent, and the general game that comes to the water’s edge to drink. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to spot one of the cats.
It’s a beautiful experience sitting in silence, breathing fresh air and forging a very personal connection with the wild – and yourself….  This walk is more about appreciating the environment of the Crocodile River, and is less about physical exertion.
Cost:  Included in the daily rate
Fact file
Important notes

• Minimum age to participate on a walk is 16
• Guests of 65 and older will need a doctor’s certificate of good health

Suggested packing list

• Binoculars
• Sunscreen and wide-brimmed hat
• Comfortable walking shoes (not new)
• Neutral coloured, non-synthetic clothes (we recommend long pants)
• Camera/video equipment
• Extra batteries
• Day backpack that can carry 2L of water and a light jacket in the event of unexpected weather changes
• Sunglasses
• Insect repellent
• Reference books for any special interests (e.g. birding)