Based on a private concession within the Kruger National Park, the 4-star Shishangeni Lodge by BON Hotels has introduced bush walks to their list of activities. This excursion allows guests to engage further with the wilderness that surrounds the property.
In addition to the Lodge’s early morning and late afternoon game drives, the bush walks bring guests closer to nature than ever before. Head Ranger, Promise Silinda says, “It’s always a pleasure to introduce guests to walking in the bush for the first time – the animal tracking, spotting and approach is so beautiful that the feeling is beyond any explanation, but witnessing their awe and wonder is something to behold.”
The walk at sunrise ends with a bush breakfast under the rising sun, while a light snack is provided during the afternoon walk. With safety being paramount, two highly trained armed guides positioned ahead and behind lead the groups in single file formation, an arm-distance apart from each. A de-briefing is given before setting out and guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes, long pants, neutral colours and no shiny jewellery. Talking is not recommended and most importantly they are cautioned not to shout! Salinda advises, “To stop the group you must use natural sounds like a low whistle or tap lightly against your hip, softly clap your hands or snap your fingers.”
General Manager Siyanda Zindela says that they are striving to create the optimum balance between people and the environment, whilst having a minimal impact on the surrounding habitat. “These bush walks enable guests to connect with nature more so than ever before and once they have ‘taken a walk on the wild side’ and been bitten by the love of the bush, there’s simply no cure for that – they always come back for more.”