Pioneer Trail

Pioneer Trail

Pioneer Trail

A three night walking trail traversing through Gondwana’s, Big 5, 11 000 hectare, greater reserve.

Gondwana’s Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slack packing adventure where your belongings are moved daily between the three camps, allowing you to experience the dramatic Fynbos landscape with only a light day pack.

The camps are fully catered and sleeps 8 guests. There is no better place to experience the nature and wildlife of the camp than here, on foot.

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Overview

Trail Details 

  • The trail traverses the 11 000 hectare, free roaming Big five game reserve under the escort of two armed and qualified trails guides.
  • Approximately 10 kilometres of walking per day (+/- 6hrs of walking a day)
  • Exclusive remote footpaths and game trails requiring medium exertion
  • Daily packed lunches and tea and water breaks throughout the trail
  • Luggage and valuables can be stowed at Lehele Lodge for guests that are not self drive

The award winning Gondwana Game Reserve has launched a three night walking trail traversing through the private, Big five, 11 000 hectare, malaria free game reserve. The trail takes you to three remote locations with two full days of hiking. Your expert trail guides will intimately expose you to the Reserve’s unique biodiversity and eco systems while experiencing the Big Five and multiple species of antelope on foot.

Gondwana’s Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slack packing adventure where your belongings are moved daily between the three camps, allowing you to experience the dramatic Fynbos landscape with only a light day pack. Each exclusive camp is comprised of four luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms sleeping a maximum of 8 guests. Homemade African inspired meals are catered for you with cold beverages on tap. You literally need to “just bring your boots” and the Pioneer Trail team will do the rest. It has been said there is no better way to experience nature and wildlife than on foot.

Camp Facilitles 

4 sleeping tents with en-suite bathrooms and covered outdoor seating area

Main dining and lounge tents

Outdoor dining boma and campfire area

Staff complement: Camp Assistant and two Trails Guides (same team for 3 nights)

Day 1 - Start days are Monday and Thursday

  • Arrival to Gondwana Game Reserve for lunch and check in (meet your trail team and discuss any dietary requirements or other details)
  • Guests to pack 3 days of belongings into provided duffle bags and lock remaining luggage in their vehicle
  • Guests to be issued with all hiking equipment: day packs, water bottles, walking sticks, etc
  • Trails Team to transfer guests to first Tented Camp in open Game Viewer
  • Afternoon tea and treats in camp
  • Afternoon guided Game Drive in Big Five Reserve with sundowner with your Field Guide
  • Dinner and drinks around the fire
  • Briefing for Day 1 on the trail

Day 2 and 3

  • Morning Wake up
  • Camp Breakfast
  • Depart on Trail with packed day pack including provided lunch
  • On the trail: Guided interpretive walking exploring the Fynbos biome, wildlife and birdlife with scenic rest stops and possible waterhole swims.
  • Arrive at Camp 2 and then Camp 3 at approximately 3pm
  • Settle into your new tent with your belongings delivered from Camp 1 and then Camp 2
  • Afternoon Tea and treats provided
  • Afternoon at leisure (Have a drink, take a shower, read a book)
  • Dinner and Drinks around the campfire

Day 4

  • Morning Wake up
  • Camp Breakfast Fry up
  • Morning Game Drive out of remote campsite 3 back to your vehicle for check out

Requirements

  • 12 years of age and above
  • Physically capable of walking 6 hours a day
  • Set departure days: Monday and Thursday with 3 night stay
  • The Trail runs in the summer season only from October through April

Facilities

Pioneer Trail Facilities Shower
Pioneer Trail Facilities Lounge
Pioneer Trail Facilities Dining Area
Pioneer Trail Facilities Catering