Un-fenced and inviting, the pool is famously visited by elephants, while the hosting is warm and energetic, and the food, a delectable taste of ‘home’. Evening game drives pause at sunset for refreshments with a view before embarking on a spotlit journey back to camp.
Africa on Foot is one of the most affordable,authentic safari camps located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Kruger. The guides at Africa on Foot specialise in professional Big Five walking safaris and focus on tracking predators & other big game; as well as educating guests about the local fauna and flora.
The aim at this Eco-friendly camp is to provide guests with an authentic safari experience. This is THE place where you will learn about lion pride dynamics and the wilderness. The Klaserie shares un-fenced borders with the Kruger, allowing wildlife to roam freely throughout.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT• South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019|
|Chalet Full Board + Activities||R2 920|
|Chalet Fully Inclusive||R3 240|
- Fact Sheet
- Bush Bar
- Wilderness Trails
- Game Viewing
Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank / eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and drive 6.4km, with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4 way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5km until you see a sign for “Ross” and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
PLEASE NOTE: On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni
Follow the R40 towards Klaserie & Hoedspruit and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate Airport/Thornybush Reserve/Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road). After 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game
Reserve Gate. 17km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and drive 6.4km, with the fence line on your left hand side.
Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4 way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5km until you see a sign for “Ross” and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Africa on Foot is one of the most affordable, authentic safari camps located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Kruger. The guides at Africa on Foot specialise in professional Big Five walking safaris and focus on tracking predators & other big game; as well as educating guests about the local fauna and flora. The aim at this eco-friendly camp is to provide guests with an authentic safari experience. This is THE place where you will learn about lion pride dynamics and the wilderness. The Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger, allowing wildlife to roam freely throughout.
- Splash pool with decking area
- WiFi in lounge area and chalets within range
- 5 chalets (2 family) and 1 treehouse with outdoor shower
- Communal lounge area & library
- Plug points in chalets and in the main area
- Mosquito nets in rooms
- Boma area with campfire
- Showers only
- Pedestal solar powered mist fans in each room
- Credit card facilities
- Air horns in each room in case of emergency
- Big 5 walking safaris offered every morning
- Evening and morning game drives
- Sundowners in the bush
- Bird watching
- Boma dinners around the fire
- Sleeping under the stars in a treehouse
- Bush breakfasts (upon request)
- Traditional South African braaivleis (barbecue) cooked over the open fire.
AT A GLANCE
- Big Five Walking safaris
- Lion pride sightings
- Small, intimate family-run camp
- Knowledgeable guides
- Authentic Kruger Safari
- Flexibility in terms of guests’ needs
- A “sleeping under the stars” experience in a treehouse
- The Klaserie is one the least “commercially developed” reserves in the Kruger
- Children aged 13 and over pay the full adult rate. Children under aged 12 and under pay 50% of the adult rate.
FULL BOARD RATE INCLUDES
- All meals, game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees
FULLY INCLUSIVE RATE INCLUDES
- All meals, all local drinks (soft & alcoholic) game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees.
- The Klaserie Conservation levy (2018) R250 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card), Timbavati Gate fee of R140 per vehicle if self-driving (payable direct at the Timbavati Gate in cash or credit card). Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Camp and the Timbavati Gate.
- No single supplement applies.
- Children from age 5 years and over are accepted. The age limit on walking safaris is 16 years. Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years will be taken on morning game “bumbles” or drives (depending on their age) while their parents enjoy their morning walking safaris.
CONSERVATION LEVIES 2019
The below levies are extra and will be added to your booking invoice.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Conservation levy: R115 per person per night (for all guests aged 12 and over)
-THE KLASERIE PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE - CONSERVATION LEVY The new levy of R115 (VAT Inclusive) per person per night (aged 12 and over) will be used to subsidize anti-poaching efforts, to ensure constant improvement of counter poaching technology, further develop smart fences, pay additional teams, contribute to the cost of all counter poaching flights, and purchase new equipment to ensure the continual protection of vulnerable species with the reserve.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Bed levy: R300 per person per stay (for all guests)
-THE KLASERIE PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE - BED LEVY During the course of a stay at the KPRN, guests will be required to pay a bed levy of R250 (VAT Inclusive) per person, per stay. The contribution ensures that the reserve remains in pristine condition, and goes a long way to ensuring the reduction of the camps carbon footprint. There is a strict protocol in place to ensure camps have a minimal impact on the environment. The levy also helps with the maintenance of roads, clearing of invasive plants, fire break management, and other aspects that contribute to the overall health of the reserve.
The below transfers can be booked through Africa on Foot reservations in conjunction with a stay at Africa on Foot Camp.
Please note that the road transfers are scheduled to tie in with the flight arrival times into and out of Hoedspruit Airport, as well as the Ashtons road transfer arrival and departure from The Bush Pub. Please note that these are scheduled road transfers and not private road transfers.
- Timbavati Gate to Africa on Foot or vice versa: (2018) R300 (2019) R350 per person
- Hoedspruit/Eastgate to Africa on Foot or vice versa: (2018) R350 (2019) R400 per person per person
- The Klaserie Conservation Levy (2018) R250 per person per stay
Honeymooners or guests wanting to celebrate a special occasion can book our special Honeymoon Sundowners Experience for R595 per couple.
- Please note that the fully inclusive rate includes local soft & alcoholic drinks, however this does not include premium international drinks.
- Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
- Rates are quoted per person sharing per night.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable.
If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.
Imagine a sophisticated honeymoon sundowner experience that marries harmonious scenic surrounds with bushveld elegance. Our latest added value safari experience lets you indulge in a unique, pre-arranged sundowner escape with a touch of safari style that lends itself to an atmosphere of a bygone era – where things were traditional and classic. This is the ultimate intimate sundowner experience for those die-hard romantics that desire an iconic safari experience combined with practical decor elements to enhance the much celebrated of golden hour. While you’re cheers-ing to a blissful life ahead with your glass of fine champagne and the trumpeting of elephants in the background, we ensure that your entire bar, seating and sundowner set-up are furnished with the latest products from Melvill & Moon – purveyors of high-end craftsmanship and handmade safari gear.
Melvill & Moon are classic safari outfitters with a history deeply entrenched in the bushveld and backed by an African heritage. Carefully constructed sturdy canvas with colours reflecting the gentle hues of the ‘veld’s thickets and woodlands, handcrafted leather neatly sewed into camel colour tote bags; and mobile bars constructed from walnut and solid brass are just a few of the items available in their rather quintessential collection. We’ve selected the top products from their collection to create a mobile bar set-up and sundowner spot in locations within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the Maseke Balule Game Reserve, depending on which lodge you’re staying at. We’ve just recently enjoyed a set-up for two guests that decided to renew their vows, which was a roaring success.
Rangers will actively seek out a special spot based on your requirements – rocks, open areas or close to drainage lines. They will bring your drink of choice in the mobile bar, a plate of light snacks and anything else you need to enjoy the ultimate sundowner session. Watch the sky say goodbye to the bright turquoise sky and illuminate the landscape with its tangerine colours.
Melvill & Moon is a family run and owned business steep in an African heritage that dates back 8 generations. In the 1700’s the Melvill family arrived in southern Africa and established themselves as prominent land surveyors, cattle ranchers and soldiers. Their products, which include furniture, luggage, seat covers which all display a love of Africa and passion for safari. The essence of the design is the old/safari military campaign designs with an air of class and sophistication. The idea is to create sturdy products made from authentic wood, 100% old fashioned canvas that lasts the test of time. The trademark heavy quality materials and leather trim, make their products a cut above the rest.
Our honeymoon safari experience is the epitome of an old-school grand safari experience. One that exudes a quiet romance with a sort of colonial rugged twist. Melvill & Moon, I presume?
And there it is, a glimmer of hope in the darkness. Our Bush Bar is a place where memories are made and moments shared. Under the star spangled night sky, we'll serve you craft gin cocktails, fine wine and traditional South African liqueurs. Our Bush Bar is a surprise treat for special occasions !
1 April 2019 – 30 November 2019
Begin – OR Tambo International
(depart at 06h45)
End – OR Tambo International
(arrive at 17h00 to 18h00)
R9 085.00 per person
Begin – Hoedspruit Airport
End – Hoedspruit Airport
R9 575.00 per person
Begin – Lamai Gate – Self-Drive
End – Lamai Gate – Self-Drive
R7 415.00 per person
Self drivers and Private Transfers must meet at the Lamai Gate, and will be escorted to Chacma Bush Camp to park their cars.
- Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate. Children under age 12 are not accepted.
- All meals, bush walks & game drives, teas & coffees.
- All soft & alcoholic drinks, the Maseke Balule Conservation levy of R300 per person per stay (payable direct at camp in cash or credit card). Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the camp.
- A single supplement of R710 applies on the Hoedspruit departure due to the private transfer. No single supplement applies on the OR Tambo or Three Bridges departure.
- Children from age 12 years and over are accepted. Children under age 12 are not accepted.
Please note that the Trail is closed annually between the 1 December and 31 March each year.
- Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
- Rates are quoted per person sharing.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable.
If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.
Africa on Foot has 5 chalets and a treehouse, which is an adventurous option for guests who want to spend a night in the wilderness.
Two of the chalets are family units, which have 2 adjoining bedrooms and room for 4 people in double and twin beds. Africa on Foot offers the ideal safari accommodation in the Kruger's Klaserie because it offers an authentic experience. All rooms are of the same standard with ensuite bathrooms, mosquito nets, a clothing rack, bedside tables, solar powered lamps, and bathroom toiletries.
The electricity at Africa on Foot is solar-powered to keep things natural and eco-friendly. The power is switched off between 12pm and 4pm, so all charging of devices should be done before and after this period. Water is gas-heated.
One night during your stay, try sleeping out in the treehouse, which is located a few hundred metres from camp. A wooden structure reaching up into the trees with a game-viewing platform and a top deck with a bed and a view to be remembered. In summer it is warm and beautiful - perfect for fearless romantics!
- Maroela is a family chalet and has a queen size double bed, twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and toilet. The chalet is two-roomed, with a dividing wall and suitable for parents with children under 16, or three adults.
- Ghwarrie has one twin or king size double bed, ensuite toilet and adjoining outside shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
- Rooibos has one twin or king size double bed and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and toilet. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
- Hardekool is a family chalet and has a queen size double bed, twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. The chalet is two-roomed, with a dividing wall and suitable for parents with children under 16, or three adults.
- Tjankbos has one twin or king size double bed, ensuite toilet and outside shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
- The Treehouse has a double bed and an outside bathroom and shower. It sleeps a maximum of two guests.
Africa on Foot is a unique camp in the Kruger that offers professional guided walking safaris with qualified trail guides. Each walking safari lasts about from 2-3 hours and begins with a comprehensive demonstration on how to behave when encountering animals. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers who have had intensive specialized training in approaching dangerous game.
In the evenings, guests are taken on game drive, which brings you a lot closer to big game. The animals are habituated to the vehicle, which means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the larger predators; even while they're feasting on a recent kill.
The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. Your chances of seeing leopard in particular are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck you might even encounter the predators such as lion and leopard hunting. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals.
During summer, an early wake-up at 05h00 starts the day (while winter is later at 05h45). It gets very hot and guides like to bring guests back to camp before 9am while it is still cool. Walks take between 2 and 3 hours and are followed by a hearty breakfast at the dining table.
Between 11h00 and 14h30 guests have time to themselves. Relax with a book, take a nap with the sounds of the local birdlife, have a dip in the pool and catch a tan in the sun. At 14h30 lunch is served, consisting of salads, cheese, cold meat and a light quiche or pie.
Game drive begins at 15h30 and traverses this exceptional area of the Klaserie. At the time the sun sets, guides take their guests to a spot where they can snack on biltong, nuts and chips, while sipping on something cold. Return to the lodge by 19h30 and freshen up before dinner at about 08h30.
WHEN TO GO
The general rule with Kruger safaris is that the best game viewing happens during the winter months. The bush is drier and game is more visible without thick greenery to hide behind.
The summer rainfall that occurs from November to April fills the waterholes and the riverbeds, so the animals spread out much more and become more difficult to see. The temperature in winter is warm, while the evenings and mornings can get quite chilly, but this is more pleasant than the scorching heat of summer, which makes winter a better time to visit the Klaserie.
For those who love birding and beautiful, lush landscapes, summer is the time to go. It is also a lot quieter in summer in terms of crowds so the experience could be even more exclusive.
WHAT TO PACK
During the summer months the weather can be hot and sticky, while early morning game drives and night drives can be chilly, so you may want to bring a few things for every occasion.
Some of the essentials for a trip on safari in South Africa are mentioned below:
Comfortable, closed walking shoes; sun block in the form of SPF lotion and a hat; some neutral-coloured clothing for when you are out on safari; light, airy clothing for midday heat; a bathing costume; scarves and warm jackets for the winters (May to October); any camera or recording equipment; and a pair of binoculars.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to feel at home in Africa. The camp is relaxed and comfortable and the guides and staff are warm and friendly. It is an intimate camp with only 5 chalets so the experience at Africa on Foot is cosy and personal with the flexibility that can only be enjoyed at a small camp.
The walking safari is a specialised activity designed to give guests a more in-depth look at the bush they are traversing. The detail in the trees, tracks, and smaller animals provide another dimension to a regular safari. Expect to learn and love the Klaserie on foot.
This is an unfenced camp that blends naturally into its surroundings with a lot of wood, clay and thatch. Any number of the Big 5 can wander in and around camp, while nocturnal creatures like honey badgers, porcupines and hyenas visit the camp at night.
Africa's most superb predators are found in the Klaserie and are frequently seen by guests on game drive. Knowing that there are all of Africa's most successful predators around Africa on Foot, and knowing that it is unfenced, the feeling of being in the wild is ever-present.
Leopard and lion, Africa's biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. The lions are famous in the Klaserie and their pride has been followed for years. Other fantastic predators found here are the spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, caracal, crocodile, cheetah, serval, and African wild dog, to name but a few.
The camp is frequently visited by a pair of honey badgers, which is an exciting and eventful occasion. These are ferocious little creatures that are feared by most other big mammals in the wild because of their fearless attitude and tendancy to aim for the groin in an attack!
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. This means there is a diversity of habitats and, as a result, there is a species diversity to be enjoyed.
As there are no fences and wildlife roams free between the major reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park, which include the Klaserie, Timbavati, Manyeleti, Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park. Just as is always the case on safari, you can never predict what you are going to see, but with such a variety of wildlife species, game drives at Africa on Foot are rich in sightings.
Mammals on can expect to see in the area are aplenty: elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, duiker, mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey, hippo, warthog, and many others.
The birdlife in the Klaserie is a stunning mix of migrant and resident species. Commonly seen (and heard) birds at Africa on Foot are magpie shrike, lilac-breasted roller, yellow-billed hornbill, glossy starling, white-crowned shrike, blue waxbill, fork-tailed drongo, and francolin.
Some of the most superb raptor species are often seen soaring the skies and perching in trees surveying the land. Brown snake eagle, bateleur, martial eagle, African harrier hawk, African hawk eagle, dark chanting goshawk, black-chested snake eagle, Wahlberg’s eagle, and tawny eagle.
The Klaserie has some of the best viewing of white-backed vultures because it is a primary breeding area for these endangered birds. Circling carcasses in the Klaserie, guests can also expect to see lappet-faced, white-faced vultures, and hooded vultures.