Our Primitive Trails will expose you to the fine detail, the grandeur of the landscape and the thrill of moving among large mammals. Well beyond an activity, it is a fully immersive experience that permits participation in Nature as opposed to traditional spectatorship. It is real, visceral and completely authentic.

Led by professional Wilderness Trails Guides, with thousands of trails hours experience each, you will spend a minimum of three self-sufficient nights (four days) in the wild. By carrying all your equipment on your back, you’ll enter a world accessible to a privileged few. There are no demarcated campsites or routes for these Trails. You set your own pace and explore according to your interests and capabilities, sleeping at a pristine site under the stars each night (no tents) and packing up in the morning to leave no trace. The only restricting factors are the availability of water and the midday sun. During the summer months when water is plentiful, you’ll collect from pools in non-perennial rivers, elephant diggings and depressions or pans in the veld. Once the dry winter months arrive, the guides will do water-drops prior to the start of the Trail.

These Trails never fail to positively impact those who choose to participate.

Our Primitive Trails take place across exclusive properties in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve or the Balule Private Nature Reserve, both part of the Greater Kruger National Park, and in the Makuya Nature Reserve, sharing an un-fenced border with the far-northern Kruger National Park. Below you will find information on each Trail option and the relevant brochures.


Timbavati Primitive Trail

Groups can book a private Trail in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, in close proximity to Hoedspruit, South Africa.

Restricted to group bookings of up to 8 participants.
Operational throughout the year.

2022 Trail Option & Group Rate from:
3 nights | ZAR 32 600/group
Conservation Levy | ZAR 525 /person/Trail (excluded from the group rate)

View the 2022 Timbavati Primitive Trail Brochure for more information, and contact us to secure your preferred dates. 


Balule Primitive Trail

Groups can book a private Trail in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, in close proximity to Hoedspruit, South Africa.

Restricted to group bookings of up to 8 participants.
Operational throughout the year.

2022 Trail Option & Group Rate from:
3 nights | ZAR 32 600/group
Conservation Levy | ZAR 525 /person/Trail (excluded from the group rate)

View the 2022 Balule Primitive Trail Brochure for more information, and contact us to secure your preferred dates. 


Makuya Primitive Trail

Restricted to group bookings of up to 8 participants.
Operational between April & November.

2022 Trail Options & Group Rates from:
3 nights | ZAR 35 900/group
Option to extend your Trail up to 6 nights | ZAR 10 000/group/extra night

View the 2022 Makuya Primitive Trail Brochure for more information, and contact us to secure your preferred dates. 


For more information on what you will need to pack for a Primitive Trail, view the Primitive Trail Checklist.

CONTACT US for reservations and queries.