Kruger Park for the Adventurous

Ultimate Off-Road Adventure

The Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-Trail explores the vastness of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. It is off-road adventure at it’s very best, enhanced with camping wild in this remote wilderness region while listening to the night sounds of the African bush. 

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View at Red Rocks and Shingwedzi River near Shingwedzi Camp, Kruger National Park.

The trail runs for an unforgettable six days, allowing you to negotiate the remote wilderness area in your 4x4. It traverses the Parque Nacional do Limpopo in Mozambique, where you travel north to south through the region now adjoining the Kruger National Park. Participating vehicles are provided with radios to facilitate communication between each other as well as the guide on matters of interest. Note overnight camps are unfenced and that children under the age of 10 are not allowed.

Paddling the Elefantes

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Parque Nacioanle do Limpopo canoeing.

Paddling the Elefantes, the section between the confluence of the Shingwedzi and Limpopo Rivers, is a new canoe trail located within the Parque Nacional do Limpopo. This 1,1 million hectare Mozambique sector was recently added to Kruger National Park to form the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

Paddle for four days and three nights along the muddy soil of the Rio Elefantes, camping wild in rustic bush camps along its tree-lined banks. Cast for wiley tigerfish, skirt pods of hippo or scan the banks for rare aquatic birds along a 50km journey sure to enthral you. Note that the Rio Elefantes Canoeing Trail takes place on a river inhabited by crocodiles and hippo, and that you will sleep in unfenced camps upon the edge of Big 5 territory.

The trail is guided for up to a maximum  of eight people; meals are included and children under the age of 10 are not permitted on the trail. Distance from Phalaborwa Gate to Letaba Rest camp is 50 km, to the Giriyondo border post another 45 km, and finally to the Massingir Dam / Campismo Albufeira 80km. In total you will travel 175 km, but as this is within the park it will take you at least 5.5 hours.

Kruger Wilderness Trail

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Tourist walking at Thulamela Cultural site, near Punda Maria Camp, Kruger National Park.
Going face to face with a rhino, a golden orb-web spider, a baobab or a Pel's fishing owl on one of Kruger's Wilderness Trails; walkers spend days in the bush, guided by armed rangers. Hire a guide from Punda Maria and walk back in time to one of South Africa's most significant archaeological sites: the citadel of Thulamela, thought to have been occupied between AD 1250 and 1700.By Jacques Marais