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Primitive Trails

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.

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.

Primitive Trails are real, visceral and completely authentic.

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Kalahari
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the remote !Khamab Kalahari Reserve in North-West Province, South Africa. Sharing it’s northern boundary with Botswana, this protected area covers approximately 95 000 ha.

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Makuya
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the       Makuya Nature Reserve, sharing an un-fenced border with the far-northern Kruger National Park. The reserve is located in northern Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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Timbavati
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the  Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This reserve, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, is in close proximity to Hoedspruit.

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Kalahari
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the remote !Khamab Kalahari Reserve in North-West Province, South Africa. Sharing it’s northern boundary with Botswana, this protected area covers approximately 95 000 ha.

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Makuya
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the Makuya Nature Reserve, sharing an un-fenced border with the far-northern Kruger National Park. The reserve is located in northern Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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Timbavati
Primitive Trail

This Primitive Trail takes place in the  Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This reserve, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, is in close proximity to Hoedspruit.

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

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Meet our Trails Guides

The Lowveld Trails Co. Team of Wilderness Trail Guides have extensive experience and some of the highest qualifications in their field. They are all actively involved in Trails Guide training and leading Primitive Trails on a regular basis, and most of them are FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) Assessors and Mentors.  

Their curiosity encourages them to continuously learn and develop their own skills by engaging in experientially-based education.

Their passion, knowledge and experience, combined with the ‘soft skills’ that come from years of leading Primitive Wilderness Trails, make our Trails Guides capable of facilitating valuable and meaningful personal and educational experiences.

Wilderness Rating

The Lowveld Trails Co. Wilderness Rating system is a way of measuring the intrinsic value of an area. The system is based on a range of factors, including the ecological integrity of the area, the level of infrastructure, and the ambience or ‘spirit of place’. Furthermore, it provides participants with an opportunity to make informed decisions when choosing a Primitive Trail experience.