Cross Border Festival 10-13 November 2017

Annual Cross Border Festival

This 3 night, 4 day trail offers guests the best of both worlds. It is an opportunity to explore not only the Makuleke Concession in the north of the Kruger National Park, but also the Sengwe Communal Area in Zimbabwe.

On days 1, 3 and 4 a trained guide, who has extensive knowledge, will lead the excursion and point out places of interest, explain animal behaviour and tell you about the fascinating history of the Pafuri area. On day two, the walking trail takes you into Zimbabwe across the Limpopo River to participate in the Shangane Festival at village Samu. Here you will experience traditional dance, have lunch and learn more about the culture and history of the Shangane community. After the festival, guests will return to South Africa on foot and will be met by their guides in open game viewing vehicles to take them back to the trails camp.

You will walk for about 4–5 hours a day (about 10km) with sufficient breaks for refreshments and plenty of time to take in the experience of being so close to nature. Except for day two, where the walking time will be slightly longer.

The Makuleke Concession in the north of the Kruger National park is unrivalled walking country. Our trails trails, open from April to October every year, are renowned for offering true bush lovers an opportunity to experience one of Kruger’s remotest corners on foot. Led by experienced field guides, you will explore a place that is as vast as it is varied and wild. The trail offers you a chance to focus on the little things but you will also experience the rush of adrenaline when you happen upon members of the Big Five. Home base is a seasonal bush camp near the banks of the Luvuvhu where we serve hearty food and drink in a setting that allows you a close-up experience of untamed Africa. Exploring this part of the world on foot is the perfect way to escape the stresses of the city. This trail is a distinctive experience that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

Using one campsite as your base, the day is spent walking through different habitats and along the tracks made by wild animals over the years. Walk the floodplains of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers, experience wide vistas where acacia woodland and riverine forests provide shade and time to reflect. The exquisite baobab trees (for which this province is so well-known) are a sight to behold, as are the perennial springs and the abundant bird and animal life found in the region.

The trail takes place from 10-13 November 2017

The cost of the 3-night, 4-day Transfrontier Cross Border Trail and Festival is R7,900 per person.

The rate includes all meals, all game activities, the cross border festival and lunch and a contribution towards the communities that benefit from the cultural festival.

The rate excludes travel costs to Pafuri, park entry fees, conservation levy of R150 per person per booking, beverages and gratuities.

Please contact reservtaions@returnafrica.com for more information.