Shamwari Explorer Camp, also Sanbona Explorer Camp

Shamwari Explorer CampThe Shamwari group are now offering a fantastic new option for walking safaris in both the Shamwari Reserve in the Eastern Cape and also in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, in the Little Karoo/Route 62 area only 2½-3 hours from Cape Town.

In each reserve, they are offering an Explorer Camp, exploring their rich wilderness areas with a set two night walking safari departing every Friday. Accommodation is in ‘mobile tents’ within these two unique Big 5 game reserves.

Shamwari was the original malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape and remains at the forefront of conservation. This beautiful 20,000ha malaria-free reserve lies at the convergence of five ecosystems and this diversity supports the Big Five as well as varied antelope and a rich birdlife.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers 54 000 hectares of exciting wildlife, undulating mountains and plains, indigenous wild flowers and San rock art.

The Explorer Camp concept is ideal for those who want to get back to nature. You are accompanied by a qualified guide, spending two nights immersed in nature amongst the Big 5 while camping in the bush. Whilst on the walking safari, you learn about the flora and the fauna, enjoy stargazing and learn about the fascinating history of the area. In the case of Sanbona, you will also be able to visit exceptional San (Bushmen) rock art sites. You don’t need to be super fit, but certainly fit enough to walk at least four hours a day, sometimes in hot conditions, though walks will be mainly in the early morning and late afternoon.

The mobile canvas tents sleep two people each and are spaced out in order to create privacy. There will be shared abulution facilities (bucket showers).

The Shamwari Explorer Camp operates throughout the year while the Sanbona Explorer Camp operates from October until April.

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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