A trail is not a hike. It is not a safari. It is not a personal endurance test. A Wilderness Trail is a deeply profound experience that is very difficult to articulate. It is a chance to return to your natural habitat. A digital detox. A deep experience of our own connection to the natural world. A chance to re-wild yourself and get inspired by the rhythm of nature. Your experience is carefully facilitated by guides who are arguably some of the best in Africa. Our meals are beyond what you could imagine is possible in the Wilderness. An authentic Wilderness Trail with the Wilderness Leadership School is unlike any other "trail" experience. Those who have been on trail return again and again. You simply have to experience it to fully understand the power of a Wilderness Leadership School Trail.
I have done six or seven Wilderness trails during my life. These trails stand out as amongst the most significant experiences in my life. For me they were not just an opportunity to view game and other species on foot, but also and more importantly to experience the wilds of Africa without the encumbrances or comforts of my normal daily life. This made going into the wilderness area more than a holiday or adventure. These trails became spiritual journeys for me and have remained so in my memory.
The trail came at a time when I had just been cleared after treatment for cancer. It reinvigorated my soul. I have never felt so connected to the earth
A Trail in this wilderness area was one of the most profound and life changing experiences of my life. Being away from human development and in pristine nature is a healing spiritual experience.
Some aspects of our trails include:
The Wilderness Leadership School Trails are all inclusive, meaning you do not need to worry about anything! Our trails include transport from Durban (or the nearest airport) and all your trail equipment. You just have to get yourself here.
For individuals staying at lodges or nearby hotels, we can arrange a pick up and drop off. If you require assistance with pre and post trail accommodation and other logistics, we're more than happy to arrange this for you! We also have basic accommodation and catering available for groups wishing to stay at our beautiful historic headquarters in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Durban.
Q: Special Dietary Requirements & Allergies?
A: Our guides are master cooks and we have catered for all sorts of allergies and special dietary requirements. Just let us know prior to trail if you have any special requirements and we will get it arranged for you.
Q: How many people can go on a trail?
A: Each trail accommodates between six and eight trailists. If there are only one or two of you, we will try join you with another group OR you can also enquire about an exclusive trail for just your group of friends, family or colleagues.
Q: Are the trails guided and safe?
A: Two experienced, armed guides lead each trail. These guides are highly trained and in over 60 years we have never had a trailist hurt by an animal.
Q: Where do we sleep?
A: You set up camp in an area chosen by your guide and sleep under the stars, a once in a lifetime experience in its own right. Each trailist is expected to also stand night-watch and guard the fire while others sleep.
Q: How fit do I need to be to do a trail?
A: You do not need to be especially fit, provided you are over 15, healthy and can carry a rucksack and manage a few kilometers walking each day you should be fine. The duration of the daily walks are customized for your comfort. A trail is NOT an endurance test, in fact, it's rather relaxing!
Q: Is there cell phone reception on trail?
A: No sophistication (including cellphone, watches, music or liquor) is allowed on trail. Trust us, you’ll love the experience of being away from that for a few days anyway.
Q: Is this a malaria area?
A: Although we do recommend mosquito repellent, our trail venues are not malaria risk areas, with the exception of Okavango Trails in Botswana
Trails vary from three to five days with some groups opting for extra days for their programs. However, we usually recommend a five day option as being optimal. The real magic starts happening on day three!
Dates can be scheduled for specialist groups at anytime throughout the year, each season has its own special feel in the Wilderness. As we limit the number of trails running at any one time, School Holiday periods can get booked up very quickly, so we advise scheduling your trail dates as early as possible.
OUR TRAILS RATES ARE ALL INCLUSIVE. THE WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL PROVIDES:
You just need to bring your clothes and items of a personal nature, we will provide you with a detailed suggested packing list prior to your trail departure.
Your guides are some of the most experienced in Africa, specially trained not just for your own safety but to also facilitate your wilderness experience and give you deep, meaningful insight into Africa and the wilderness area. For many, this experience inevitably also opens up a deep insight into yourself. Reconnecting with nature at such a profound level changes the way you see the world, changes the way you see yourself and your experiences in the modern world.
Our guides have a vast amount of experience, they spend over 2000 hours a year in the Wilderness .....they are arguably some of the best in Africa.
Your guides are also highly trained to ensure your safety during encounters with wildlife such as Rhino, Lions, Elephants, Buffalo and other when on foot, something few people ever forget and fewer ever experience.
For specialist groups, we also have a range of facilitators such a business leadership experts, clinical psychologists, personal development gurus and wilderness survival skills experts.
Our trails locations include: