Mary Rowe | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
“Walking with African Wildlife ”
I did team 3 of this project, which I'd previously done in '04. This is a rare opportunity to walk in the bush in Africa's oldest game reserve. You must love to hike, be comfortable being awakened at 4:15 AM, and be ready to encounter just about anything on your path. The tented camping is well supported with showers/toilets and staff to oversee schedules/transect assignments/food, etc.
The campsites have a lot to offer; the North camp offers hillier transects and a tranquil setting by a river (as tranquil as it can be with the chorus of guttural toads, reed frogs, hippo calls and the sounds of elephants munching on the surrounding bush). Nyala, a graceful antelope, zebra and cape buffalo visited frequently.
The South camp is perched on a hilltop, providing surrounding, if distant, views of wildlife all around, hyena, wild dogs and lion calls at night, and colorful sunsets.
The hiking can be strenuous at times and most days can feature quite a variation in temperatures. Most mornings found us bundled in coats and hats, under blankets as we were driven in an open vehicle towards our start points, but a couple of days the temps reached the into the 90s (F), 30s C during the hike. We were usually back by lunch.
Though they weren't always experienced with a specific transect, rangers were always helpful, and had a good sense of the layout of the park and the ability to keep us on track.
Enjoying my photos, looking forward to '16.