Safari News 6

Updated: Sep 9, 2019

Hello Safari Enthusiast’s, Adventurers, Wilderness and Wildlife Lovers,


Welcome to 2019. May you not only achieve your plans for this coming year but also find deep satisfaction in doing so. May you be blessed with good fortune and balanced time with that which you love and your loved ones.


Timbavati Safari Sundowners

We ended the 2018 safari season on the 22nd of December. On the second last morning we picked up the fresh tracks of a herd of buffalo. After tracking them on foot for +3 kilometres we found ourselves in their midst at 07h30 – The smiles told a story that can only be understood when we do these things.


Buffalo On Foot

As an important starting point, if you are planning your safari, please let’s start talking as soon as possible. We frequently hear how time fly’s too fast and how this results in missing out on great adventures. Although we are only 16 days into the year we have had to sadly turn down a potential client due to timings. Booking early helps avoid disappointment 😊.


We are back into full swing and our planning for this year well underway. Three of the Spirited Adventures team spent last week with like-minded wilderness trails guides preparing and been assessed for this coming year’s Kruger trails. Whilst there the young impala lambs were an absolute joy to watch. The rains have fundamentally transformed the bush, and the savannas energy is light and alive.


Guide Assessment

Our 2019 Wilderness Trails Calendar is live. These backpacking safaris in the Greater Kruger National Park have an incredible power to positively inspire, influence and engage the body, mind and soul, at a level that is only possible when this close to nature. Secure your spot by booking early!


Impala Lambs - Insanely Cute

Whilst talking about the above trails. We still have some place available on what is an all ladies trail [except for the guides] in May and also on our intrepid young adventurer trails in March, July and August. Th latter are purposely targeted at getting like-minded teenagers [parents welcome] into the bush during their holidays. Find out more?


In the last newsletter we wrote about the developmental work we have fortunate to undertake with select of members of the Transfrontier Parks Destinations team. We are super proud to be able to congratulate the team on the excellent results they achieved in the October “FGASA” national exam. With regards guide mentorship, we are humbled to again have been asked by the Lowveld Trails Company to be one of the facilitators for their 28-day workshop for trails guides. Learn more?



Our stunning new website is rocking. Traffic to the site is increasing and we have received lots of great feedback from you. It houses lots of great information including safari FAQ’s, equipment advice, blogs and galleries.


If you find the idea of a backpacking safari intriguing [or inspiring 😊], you are going to love our recent blog titled "Backpacking Safaris: SMART Packing & Planning". When choosing to go on a trip like this participants often give a lot of attention to Africa's Big 5 – An equally important consideration is to increase your level of fun by carrying as light as you legitimately and safely can. Read more here.


What Is In Your Backpack?

Awesome news is that we are finally on TripAdvisor. As we are not the owner of the properties we facilitate your safari from, it has taken near four years to get our listing. We are super stoked to finally be on their platform. Our current ranking is an excellent 5/5 - We would love you to write up your review of your experience with Spirited Adventures.



Moving back to the bush, don’t forget that we now also have access to a stunning fully catered slackpacking trail in the Greater Kruger National Park. Each morning your campsite moved, with your bags, to a new location. The area is known for its elephant and lion, and the experience is much like an old school classic safari 😊. Keen to find out more?


Slack Packing Safari

Since our last newsletter we have seen pictures of our T-shirts in Sedgefield [Western Cape], Ntsiri [Greater Kruger National Park] and the Letaba Ranch [Greater Kruger National Park]. Thank you so much for your support and flying the flag high! Never did I imagine to see our t-shirts in so many different places 😊 and I am deeply humbled by your loyal support!


Spirited Adventures Out And About

Whilst walking through the elephant museum at the Letaba Rest Camp last week I found myself contemplatively standing next to the tusks of the incredible Shawu. He died a natural death, at close to 60 years old, in 1982. As I stood there, I wondered how many people have had the privilege of standing next to these beautiful tusks whilst feeling the same deep sense of awe. This week a fellow group of professional guides discussed, in a different context, the responsibility we all have to conservation through education. Hopefully through more people taking on this challenge, future generations will not only stand in this hall but more importantly see free roaming wild elephant.


Shawu. Tusk Length: Left 317cm Right 303.5cm

2019 promises to be an exciting year. Whether you are a discerning or rugged adventurer, common to both is our absolute commitment to creating authentic, exciting, active and immersive experiences that will result in your already planning your next trip on your journey home.


Wishing you the very best! Until we next connect!


Lutz Otto

Professional Trails, Field & Wilderness Guide ● Founding Director


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