Reviews of Sand Rivers walking mobile
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Magical experience on Walking Safari
This was our first "guided" Walking Safari. We spent 3 nights on the Mobile Safari associated with the Sand Rivers Lodge.
The daily itinery involves a 06:30 breakfast and you commence the mornings walk at around 07:00. Each day was different and we experienced a varied environment, scrubland, savanna, miombo woodland, as well as walks along the river and lakeside, you are guided by an experience and armed guide. The mornings walk takes around 4-5 hours, during the walk the entire camp has been moved to the next base, so you arrive at your next stop to find where you will be spending your next night. From noon to around 16:30 is free time before the evenings walk, which lasts around 2 hours and brings you back to the camp.
The camp facilities, sleeping arrangements, shower, toilets and dining area was outstanding on this trip. Given that this was all moved daily, behind the scenes so to speak, is a credit to the organisation skills of the whole team, as well as it being 35 degrees plus, there was no small amount of hard work going on just to make us feel as comfortable as possible. And comfortable we were, this is genuine bush, you sleep under the stars, are fed extremely well, our greatest challenge was in keeping cool in the heat.
The walks themselves are great fun. Our guide Rem was among the best guides I have met, vastly knowledgeable about seemingly everything. Walking in this type of country should not be taken lightly, and Rem's calm but professional demeanor was nice to have with us. On the odd occassion that we were approaching big game his instructions we spot on, being sensitive to the wildlife and to us. We got very close to Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Hyena and numerous Antelope and Birdlife. Given that you are walking for some 6-7 hours a day a reasonable level of fitness is needed, we are in our mid thirties and managed things ok, it was extremely warm at points, but plenty of drinks and breaks makes things easier.
In summary, this type of safari provides an excellent option to be combined with more conventional driving. You are unlikely to see as much game as when driving, but nothing compares to the up close and personal thrill of walking in the bush. This is a far more sensory experience, sights, sounds, smells are all enhanced, a great thrill!
Great Walking Adventure
Our walk was led by Rem whose sharp eyes and ears never ceased to amaze. His knowledge about all things great and small provided us with fascinating information about the game, the flora and all aspects of our environment. He judged the fitness level of our group perfectly so that by the end of each day we felt a sense of achievement at having walked the distance that we did without ever being over fatigued.
The camp team was efficient with Spider always in helpful attendance. Cold drinks were always ready for us when we walked into camp. The food was very good, particularly considering the mobile facilities that were being used to produce it. Each of the 3 camps was pitched in a beautiful setting; one night on the Rufiji River and two nights at different places on a lake. At each site we were serenaded by hippos as we relaxed in the beautiful evening light after the days exertions.
There were many wonderful birds to be seen at all the locations. Marvellous encounter with 2 young giraffes, but a few days old, and their anxious mothers on an afternoon walk.
Sand Rivers walking mobile review
very good location - what I did not quite appreciate before is how much easier it is to approach animals by boat or car and how much quicker they take to flight if approached by humans on foot.Read more about the whole safari