Timbavati On Foot
Walking in Big Five territory can add an extra frisson of (completely safe) excitement to RockFig Safari Lodge experiences. Expert rangers and insightful trackers translate the tracks, signs and sounds of Timbavati, and introduce guests to some of the smaller but no less remarkable residents of the bush.
A highlight of any stay at RockFig Safari Lodge is a guided walking safari and the opportunity to experience Timbavati on foot. While the Big Five may grab the headlines, looking a little closer can reveal fascinating smaller creatures (including the less famous but equally fascinating ‘little five’).
Slowing things down to walking pace is all about smelling the roses – not literal roses of course, we’re referring to using all five senses to truly get acquainted with the bush. It’s a chance to be initiated into traditional medicinal knowledge, develop the ability to identify different spoor, and learn which seeds and leaves come from which trees.
There’s naturally a scatological element to walking safaris, too – poop is a subject that seems to appeal to people of all ages, and its size and consistency can reveal a great deal about animals and birds of every kind.
To the accustomed eye, the bush reveals its many stories and secrets. Our trackers and rangers have many years’ experience in Timbavati, and seemingly uncanny abilities to not only find animals, but anticipate their next moves.
Their skills and knowledge mean that walking in Timbavati is as safe as it is intriguing. A bush walk provides an excellent counterpoint to a game drive – the pace is slower, and while approaching game closely isn’t the objective, opportunities to observe abound.
Guests as young as 14 can participate, giving teens the chance to be absorbed in the wonders of this incredible natural classroom. This is education by stealth, and it’s a hands-on, interactive experience that kids will literally take in their stride … the unforgettable walk itself as well as the facts.
All that’s required is a pair of comfortable walking shoes, a hat and/or sunblock and curiosity. (Although we conduct walks in the mornings and afternoons, when it’s cooler, the African sun is strong!)