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Africa on Foot or Shindzela

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Africa on Foot or Shindzela

After much research (including many helpful TA posts!) I've narrowed it down to these two for a three-night stay in January 2015, traveling with my adult son and his girlfriend. Both seem to have what I'm looking for, including the chance to do walking safaris, at about the same (very reasonable) cost. Is there anything to distinguish one or the other that I should be considering? Based on TA reviews, I think we will have an amazing experience at either one!

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1. Re: Africa on Foot or Shindzela

Both!

I'll be staying at both in a couple of weeks time so can report back after that :-D 3 nights each.

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Thanks! Have a wonderful trip and I will look forward to seeing your report.

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Hi there lovepoi!

You've chosen two AWESOME lodges, offering old Africa at it's best. Both with a rustic charm, they focus on delivering exhilarating walking safaris to guests - it is so much fun approaching animals on foot! If not a little nerve wrecking.

Ok, so the main three differences are that Africa on Foot is in the Klaserie Reserve, and Shindzela is in Timbavati.

The Klaserie is slightly more 'shrubbish' than the Timbavati, with a bit more mountainous terrain. The Timbavati is a bit more open savanna vibe. They both have many river beds and water sources.

Secondly, Africa on foot offers a chalet as accommodation, and Shindzela offers a tented experience. So that comes down to what you prefer more.

The third main difference is the traversing area - the size of the area they can conduct their safaris in (walking and driving). Africa on Foot is larger at 7,000 hectares, and Shindzela offers around 3,500 hectares.

Both offer rustic and Eco-friendly comfort, but I would say Africa on foot is slightly more 'comfortable'.

If you're looking for the laid back, true Africa, wildlife based experience, you have chosen two of the best lodges for this :).

They are also both unfenced, so you may witness animals very closely!

Warm regards and good luck!

Jacqui Sive l Safari Specialist l Lodge Trackers

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After even MORE research, I'm now choosing between Africa on Foot and nThambo. I like the idea of the morning walking safaris at AOF, but the tree houses at nThambo look like fun. AOF is a bit more affordable, though nThambo has the fully exclusive option which includes all drinks, soft and alcohol. (Not knowing the cost of drinks, I don't know if the fully exclusive option is a good deal. And we're not big drinkers!) I suspect we will have a wonderful experience at either place, but I'd appreciate any other insights to help me choose!

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Knowing you are coming halfway around the world to get on safari i'd split my trip. 3 nights in each. Shindzela don't do walks everyday like AOF. More a 'demand' situation. Good point made by Jacqui re differing types of bush between 2 reserves.

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While bush walks can be a fabulous experience, do these actually take the place of the morning game drive? If so I would consider very carefully if you you are only doing one game drive per day.

Our most productive game drives in private lodges have often been the dawn drives, especially when a kill has taken place overnight, which is when the big cats are most active. From our experience (and for big$) all the lodges have offered bush walks as well as the two daily game drives.

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8. Re: Africa on Foot or Shindzela

Lovepoi - just an added note, nThambo also has a reduced rate of R2,450 per person per night that includes everything except the unlimited drinks :)

You can get a beer for around R20, and a glass of wine for the same :)

Warm regards

Jacqui Sive l Owner & Safari Specialist l Lodge Trackers

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Jacqui - Thanks for the info about the drinks prices. I certainly will not be drinking enough to make the fully exclusive option a good deal!

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