Overview-Bushveld Game Walk

The best way to experience the true African bush is on foot. Walk along track and trails at a large unspoilt private game reserve in South Africa, and get close to nature by day and the stars at night. Our Bushveld Game Walk is an unique African wild life experience at Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg area, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

TypeGuided walk
LocationLimpopo, South Africa
Group size4 – 10 people
Duration4 nights
Day StagesAbout 10 km per day
DistanceAbout 30 km
TerrainTracks and trails
AccommodationBush camp
MealsTwo meals per day
CostAvailable on request
DatesWhole year


Trip details

Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve is an exclusive safari destination in a distinctive bushveld landscape with spectacular sunsets. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide you will be able to walk through the open veld, trees, and rocky outcrops of the northern Waterberg mountain range in Limpopo Province , South Africa. See game and birds amidst the natural beauty of the bush. You also experience unique bush camp accommodation and hospitality around the campfire . Sleep in en suite bedrooms or partially walled rooms (see picture). Enjoy nature at its best.


The Bushveld

The Bushveld is a sparsely populated malaria free area


Virgin Bushveld vegetation and interesting rock formations

Game and birds

Walk amongst a large variety of trees and shrubs( 100+) plants, and grasses. More than 27 game species and 150+ bird species are to be found here.


Magnificent views of the Kransberg mountains and Bushveld plains


An unusual rustic bush camp situated amongst rocky outcrops and indigenous vegetation. Rooms are situated in natural settings in the camp. Open rooms (See picture- Accommodation) are available for the ultimate African experience

Geology and history

Learn about the geology and history of the area from our expert guide

A 4×4 vehicle and driver will be allocated to the group for a combination of game drives and walking. During daily walks you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of trees as well as many other smaller details of the bush that might fascinate you. Birdwatchers will be able to get a closer look at interesting bird species eg. hornbills, lilac breasted rollers and waxbills, etc. The order of the programme and distances may vary, and often followed by evening “bush sundowners”
Day 1:
Arrival at Zinnshoek.
Day 2 :
Rhino tracking
Day 3:
Hike up and along the foothills of the Waterberg to explore rock formations and euphorbias.
Day 4:
Walk through the savannah veld to the crocodile pools and the Bushman pan.
Day 5: End of Bushveld Game Walk.
Animals found on the reserve
GiraffeNyalaSpecies of jackal
ElandMountain ReedbuckBaboon
WaterbuckBush pigMongoose
Blue WildebeestWide variety of reptilesPangolin
Red HartebeestBrown hyenaRich variety of birdlife

You will be accommodated in a private bush camp

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Nature at its best! Our unique hiking and camping experience close to nature conforms to the Zinnshoek philosophy of conservation and a light human footprint. Each night is spent at the same camp.


All amenities and services will be provided – no luxuries Reliable camp staff on duty – can do your washing. A small pool/dam for cooling off. The lapa ( heart of the camp) was constructed with natural materials . Here meals are cooked and eaten around an open fire. Surrounded by the unspoilt bush, these are perfect surroundings to experience South African hospitality. Catering will include traditional game dishes. Challenge your partners to a game of Boule ( petanque) while your meal is being prepared. Freezer The camp has cell phone and internet reception (no wifi). Solar powered electricity.


Your bush camp caters for 10 people sharing 3 enclosed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms 2 open-air bush rooms – not en suite Open-air shower – have a shower under the sun/stars !

Available on request
A group of 4 -10 people per day (with possible exceptions from time to time)
4 nights accommodation in a bush camp
Meals (Coffee and rusks, brunch and dinner)
Non-alcoholic drinks
An experienced Guide
Information about the area
Not included
Items not mentioned above, eg :
Transport to and from Zinnshoek, snacks and alcoholic drinks.

Overall rating: “Easy”. You do not need to be ultra-fit but if you choose to do the walks you should be able to walk between 10 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along paths, tracks and through the veld. See Walking grades for more details about “Easy” rating. An optional mountain hike is available. Rating: “Moderate”

Your guide

All walking trails are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will point out the wildlife, birds and ecology of the area. You will be allowed to walk at your own pace amid splendid scenery and stop and enjoy what is of interest to your group. Although you may see amazing things, our game walk is not intended to bring you close to dangerous game.

What to do

Your Guide will discuss this in great detail. Some of the rules are :

Always listen to the guide

Never leave the group

Speak softly

Make sure your guide knows your capabilities

Do not go on a long walk if you are unfit.

The guide’s responsibility on a walk

Walk as fast as the slowest guest

Keep count of all guests

Be armed and firearm trained

Water supplies

First aid kit

Radio communication

Additional activities

Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve offers the following additional activities/opportunities:
Independent walking/jogging
Independent walk, climb, jog on your own, if you choose  too
You can bring your MTB or request us to hire bikes
Interesting aspects to explore.

Destinations to add to your trip

We suggest that you add attractions in the vicinity of Zinnshoek to your program. You can include other visits before or after the walk. We can recommend a number of interesting options and can assist with bookings to compliment your Bushveld Game Walk. The costs of these options are available on request.


Botswana : 70 km to the Stockpoort borderpost
Sun City : 2 hours drive away

sun city, bushveld game walk
Pilanesberg National Park : 1.5 hours drive

Pilanesberg-National-Park, bushveld game walk
Marekele National Park ,Thabazimbe : 45 minutes drive

Marakele - Camp - Tlopi Tented Camp - View, bushveld game walk
Mapungubwe National Park, Heritage site :  4 hours drive

mapungubwe, bushveld game walk
Possiblity of attending Game auctions in the district.

When to do the Bushveld Game Walk

Bookings can be made throughout the year.


Mild winters, with chilly evenings The summer months (September to April) are hot with occasional rains.

Getting there

Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is in the northern foothills of the Waterberg plateau, approximately 65 km from Vaalwater in the Limpopo Province, 3½ hours drive north of OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg.
For international visitors :
Fly to OR Tambo International Airport and from Johannesburg to Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve by car.
Route from Johannesburg :
Take the R21 Continue to Limpopo Follow the R33 to Vaalwater and continue to R510 When we confirm your booking suggestions will be given about places to visit along the way from Johannesburg

What to take

Comfortable, well ventilated clothes in keeping with the season. Wear neutral colored clothing. Always bring a thick windbreaker/jacket, good walking boots (already worn-in) ,hiking sandals and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, personal first-aid kit, camera, binoculars. A torch and headlamp are important. Basic solar heating is provided. Cell phone charging facilities available.


We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.

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Location of Vaalwater (65 km from Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve)


Pictures of Zinnshoek Private Game Reserve can be viewed in Bushveld Game Walk Gallery



The area affords you the opportunity of excellent game viewing in this diverse habitat of mountains and Bushveld plains.

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Quotes from an article about Zinnshoek in the Sunday Times : “The wild, unplugged” by Leon de Kock
(It is) possible to enjoy the rough grain of the real bush- the wilderness of it, its spirit of wildness”…. “(You can) feel it on your skin and let it sink in” “It is a strong experience. And the raw beauty of it comes without wrapping paper” “That extra dimension of indigenous touch” “It is an controlled compromise with the environment that wants to be seen, an environment that is next to impossible to domesticate” “That’s why I go to the bosveld. For the descent of a magnitude, an encircling ocean of bush prompting me to remember how far back, and how close by, and with what great power, our lives are held in an axis of brute godliness”
Ray Ambrosi after his 5th visit
Chris, just to let you know that Zinnshoek is the best rustic most relaxing with the nicest ambiance to spend a few days. Thank you regards all the guys.
Comments by guests who have experienced a self-guided walking/hiking holiday offered by WalkingHolidays.co.za in South Africa:
“Overall, the holiday was invigorating-  You certainly went out of your way to make the whole time memorable- We are recommending it to our walking community in the States- Fantastic walks, wines and accommodation”

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