Welcome to the wild
Affordable and unique walking safaris in South Africa’s exclusive Big 5 Greater KRUGER National Park, AND MOBILE SAFARIS INTO BOTSWANA, NAMIBIA & NORTHERN ZIMBABWE (VICTORIA FALLS)
To provide a platform in which to establish an intimate relationship with nature through facilitating a self-discovery experience.
To actively participate in the conservation of areas in which we operate through a number of sampling and monitoring programs as well as conservation intervention activities.
There is a world of difference between experiencing an African safari on foot, “old style”, than from the tinted windows of a luxury bus or game-viewing vehicle! To walk is to be out there with the African wildlife, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily drama’s of their lives, sharing their space. To walk is to follow their tracks, feel the tingle of your own senses and hear the beating of your heart as you edge closer to a herd of elephant resting in the shade. To sleep in a tent under the trees with only the canvas between you and the bush is an experience not easily forgotten.
A safari is a journey of the body and the soul, a venture into the unknown and an opportunity to face some of the mysteries of nature. With over 25 years of experience, we still believe in the magic of the bush and strive to offer that once in a lifetime experience to all our guests.
Our safaris appeal to all with an adventurous mind, keen on a learning experience. Every walk is a book on its own, with the emphasis on information on all the wonders of nature, big and small. Because of the dangerous aspects of a walking safari, the minimum age is 16. Although there is no maximum age, the walks can last up to 6 hours and tracking might lead the trail through thick bush, riverbeds and gullies. Therefore an average fitness level is required, especially in the hotter summer months (November to March). A maximum of 8 people makes up a trail, no minimum.
Each safari is basic and designed to experience the bush the way one should – on foot. After the first walk you’ll realise you’ve gone back in time – one with your ancestors who roamed these African trails. Although in Big Five areas, there are no guarantees of sightings. We do however guarantee a real bush experience!
Catering is an integral part of the walking safari and traditional meals are prepared on an open fire in conversation with guests. Each safari is accompanied by experienced and armed trail rangers and each camp is serviced by a cook and camp attendants. The combination of walks and drives in the open 4×4 Landrover are dependant on weather and animal movements, and are conducted from camp in the early mornings, late afternoons and at night at the sole discretion of the trail ranger.
Tsakane Safari Co. was founded in 1988 with the aquisition of Rand World Travel in Johannensburg. At the same time it’s founder Terry Schulze began Walking Trails in the Sabie Sands Game Reserve. During 1996 Indawoyetho Bush Camp was developed in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve where the company conducted seven night wilderness experiences and facilitated the Eco ADICT Program. Rand World Travel and Indawoyetho Camp were sold and the company focused on providing wilderness trails at the newly developed Ingwe Plains Camp in Botswana. Ingwe Plains Camp was completely destroyed during floods and the company purchased Tsakane Safari Camp in Balule Private Nature Reserve in 2004, with the focus on providing quality specialist walking safaris.
Since the purchase of Tsakane Safari Camp, the company has diversified its walking locations and experiences and Indawo Trails Camp was completed during 2013. A partnership agreement has resulted in Transfrontier Walking Safaris marketing and administrating all Tsakane Co.’s camps and product reservations.
Today Tsakane Safari Camp and Indawo Trails Tented Camp host the Transfrontier Walking Safaris, with each camp having its own unique identity and ambience and all within a unique big game environment. Transfrontiers Mobile Safaris was developed to add value to our safari experience by exploring some of Southern Africa’s premier wildlife destinations and attractions in well-equipped mobile safari units.
Tsakane Safari Co.’s Educational Experiences provide an ideal platform from which to participate in realizing our Mission Statement. These programs have been carefully developed to lift the veil often present between tourism and conservation activities.
Tsakane Safari Co. is based at the easily accessible Safari Outpost on the banks of the Olifants River. All Guests are transferred from the Safari Outpost to the various camps and also embark on excursions such as day safaris and Mobile Safaris from this location. The Safari Outpost is also host to Three Bridges Restaurant, Tsakane Conservation Centre, Meet & Greet facility and retail Safari Shop.