walking safari, Kruger National Park
This is probably the best way to get in touch with Africa... with the earth and animals. You will have to go on an organised tour with a guide. He will have a gun, and hopefully not have to use it! Rememebr, you are in the wild here, and you are NOT the top of the food chain in this territory!
Remember to bring the following:
Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing.
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers which will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.
A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.
Comfortable hiking boots with thick socks.
Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).
Take your recommended Malaria tablets, sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.
And of course, your camera :) To take that VT shot plus the one for your mum.
This was one of my all-time favourite trips, and as close to nature as you can get.
Kruger has a limited number of hiking tours available. It's normally for a 3 night duration, and starts with a pick-up at one of the main camps. From there you're taking by 4x4 to the base camp (max. of 8 people + guides).
Chalets are for 2 people each, and showers etc. are normally 1 per camp.
Itenary is morning and mid-afternoon walks, with siesta-time in the afternoon as it gets too hot to go traipsing around at around 11. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and know the areas they serve very well, pointing out lairs, nests etc. along the way. You get very close to the animals, and was a major change vs. viewing them from the car from all the previous holidays.
At night there is wonderful cooking around the campfire. Each camp also has a large refrigerator for storing beer etc.
These hikes are extremely popular, and mostly have to be booked at least a year in advance.
The Genet is very unique and rare animal to see and surely rare to catch with a camera. The Genet is a far relative to the cat, and as the cats it is a night animal and also curious one, there fore I was lucky not only to see it but also to take a photo of it.