Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Afropop Worldwide

Afropop Worldwide

This week Afropop celebrates "Born-free South Africa: A Kaleidoscope of Colors," a vibrant program in sound as it is in image.

During our stay in Cape Town, we met a singer from the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. -songwriter, or should we say "songbird," by the name of Tribute "Birdie" Mboweni. She comes from the small village of Mpumalanga, outside Kruger National Park. She told us picturesque stories about her home, describing many of her majestic animals and scenery. You will also be able to find the safari-up close and personal-where you literally walk among the animals.

So we left the Land Cruisers behind and tried these safari walking trails For ourselves.

After an awe-inspiring scenic six-hour drive northwest of Johannesburg, we found ourselves at the campsite Pafuri Walking Trail, run by Return Africa At Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park is one of the largest protected areas on the planet, covering 7,523 square miles ! The area we hiked comprises only one percent of that area, but it offers some of its richest landscape. Located at the park's northeast corner on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, it is one of the most biologically diverse areas in South Africa. About 80 percent of Kruger's wildlife can be discovered there.

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We have discovered the best way to experience this unspoiled African treasure is on foot. Although you undoubtedly cover more ground in a 4 × 4, you miss its subtleties. You can not hear, smell, or feel the bush so acutely. The magical moments of the walking trail are, for instance, the endless loop of exotic African songbirds, chirping, dancing all around you.

Or the graceful galloping of all its antelope species: springbok, impala and kudu running next to you, side-by-side to your walking path. Not to mention groups of other mammals - zebras and buffalo suddenly interrupting your stride.

This way of "roughing it" and experiencing the bush may not be for everyone. Hiking underneath a scorching sun with sudden, chance encounters with South Africa's Big Five- buffalo, rhino, elephants, lions and leopards-can certainly raise anyone's blood pressure.

The unpredictability is one of its biggest selling points, especially when you are on foot. Every walk offers its own story and surprise engagement with the most compelling natural world around you. And, if the Pafuri Walking Trail is not your thing, you can opt for a more luxurious stay in Pafuri Camp Africa, complete with 4 × 4 vehicles, designer lodges with en-suite bathrooms, fine dining, full amenities, and breathtaking Views of the Luvuvhu River.

Another unique thing about Return Africa is its partnership with the Makuleke community, who are also the landowners. The Makuleke people were forcibly removed from this area in 1969 and regained title of the land in the landmark restitution case after the demise of the apartheid government. Despite an attachment to the land, the Makulekes decided not to resettle the area. Instead, they left it as a contract park within the wider Kruger wildlife system. The majority of those employed by Return Africa are from the Makuleke community.

For more information about Return Africa, and all of its offerings see here.

All photos by Sarah Geledi and Simon Rentner

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