This unforgettable walking trail lets you reconnect with nature through the ultimate back-to-basics experience. Aptly named the "Primitive Trail", it will expose you to the fine details, 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. Lead and facilitated by experienced trail guides, the trail takes place over a period of 3 nights and 4 days across exclusive properties in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park). Participants carry everything that they need for the duration of the trail in their backpack- including food (you will be surprised at how little you need. Don't overpack-the idea is to simplify for a few days). There are no demarcated campsites or routes. 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. Nights are spent sleeping in the open, around a fire, with each participant taking turns at “watch duty”. Different versions of the Primitive Trail are available, including Yoga and Storytelling trails- please enquire.

Why we like it

Connect closely to nature in its wildest form; Completely authentic; No routes or campsites; Walking, camping and sleeping in the wilderness; Yoga version available

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Tour
Rates from: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Group Size: Small
Max No of Guests: 8
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 12

Tour info

Tour duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Start: The Bushpub & Inn (outside Timbavati Control Gate)
End: The Bushpub & Inn (outside Timbavati Control Gate)
Highlights Walking in the wilderness; Sleeping under the stars; Authentic wilderness experience; Big 5 game-viewing
Nearest Major City Nelspruit

Park / Reserve

Timbavati Nature Reserve Please click to view



Walking Safari




Star-gazing evening
Practicing Yoga

The Experience

Safari type

Intimate Nature Experience

Specialist Species

Big 5

Malaria area


Suitable for

Private group
Small groups
Solo Travellers
Gallery Where

What to Pack

What's Provided

Trail Guide
Pocket Shower

What to Bring

Walking shoes
Comfortable clothing
Own food and drinks (light/simple items)
Sleeping bag
Water bottles
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