The game-drive activities at Inyati are by qualified, passionate and knowledgeable guides and trackers. With over 10,000 hectares (24 700 acres) of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Shangaan trackers sit up at the front of the safari vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while guides drive with amazing skill into ravines and through bush thicket in pursuit of elusive animals, simultaneously wowing guests with their knowledge and unforgettable stories.
The Sabi Sand has two distinct seasons and game viewing activities are equally rewarding during both. The summer season (September to March) is a time when many species breed and prey is plentiful for the lurking predators. Rainfall occurs between October and February and often results in spectacular afternoon thundershowers. In the winter season (April to August), the animals concentrate at the perennial water sources and the grass is low, making game viewing easier. Although winter days are usually warm and clear, late afternoon and early morning temperatures are distinctly chilly.
At Inyati the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night
Open safari vehicles, seating between 6 and 10 visitors, head out into the wild under the expert guidance of experienced guides and insightful trackers.
Guests are able to get in close contact with Africa’s most exciting wildlife species, and are presented with unparalleled photographic opportunities.
Early morning safaris head out as the sun rises and as the bush stirs to life. The guide and tracker teams search for animals by tracking their spoor, and by listening for the tell-tale signs of activity.
The bush has its own language, and it is fascinating to watch those who possess the tools to encode it.
Late afternoon safaris commence as the sun burns its way towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for the great hunt after dark. After sundowners, the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights which reveal nocturnal species in another world.
On average, approximately 6 hours a day are spent out in the bush on safari.
Exclusive use of a safari vehicle can be arranged upon request, but is subject to availability. Only a limited number of exclusive safari vehicles can be guaranteed at any one time. Prices available on request.
At Inyati the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night.
Due to the climate, we suggest that the following times are followed as closely as possible, in order to maximise game-viewing opportunities and ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.
05h00 05h30 Wake up call
05h30 06h00 Refreshments and snacks on the patio
06h00 06h30 Depart for morning game drive
10h00 10h00 Brunch
11h00 11h00 Departing guests to kindly vacate chalets
14h00 14h00 Lunch is available for guests arriving from 14h00
16h00 15h00 High tea is served on the patio
16h30 15h30 Depart for afternoon game drive
19h45 19h15 Pre-dinner drinks
20h00 19h30 Dinner
We suggest that guests arrive in time for lunch on their day of arrival not to “miss out” on any game drives during their stay.
Game drives are planned to coincide with the best game viewing times. Your guide will meet you prior to the drive to discuss your interests. Be sure to take binoculars, hats, sunscreen, etc. with you.
It is important to remember that the animals you will be viewing are wild and the fact that you are able in many cases to get relatively close when in vehicles is NOT because the animals are tame but rather that they have, over time, become accustomed to and relaxed with the presence of the vehicles, NOT humans!!
During game drives, mobile phones, iPads and other similar devices may be used for photographic purposes only. These devices must be switched to silent so as not to disturb other guests, rangers or wildlife.
No telephone calls may be made or received whilst guests are on game drives.
Please respect your surroundings and the wildlife by following these guidelines:
– Take back photographs and memories only! Do not remove natural objects (rocks, flowers, plants, etc) from any part of the reserve. It disrupts the ecology of the area.
– Do not try to attract the animals’ attention by imitating their sounds, clapping, throwing objects or any other means.
– Never tease or corner wild animals, this may cause an unpredictable response and a potentially dangerous reaction.
– Remember that you are a visitor to the animal’s natural habitat so observe the animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives will frighten the animals away.
– Don’t litter! Besides being distasteful, litter thrown on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds.
– Respect your driver/guide’s judgment about your proximity to certain wild animals.
– Don’t insist that he take the vehicle closer so you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt, or cause animals to abandon a well-deserved meal.
– Always follow your guide’s advice – he is the expert! Don’t be afraid to ask him questions if you are unsure of anything.
– Never attempt to approach a wild animal on foot, especially near the lodge where the animals have become accustomed to humans.
Guests can also enjoy interpretive guided bush walks offering the bird watcher, dendrologist, botanist and the nature enthusiast the ultimate bush experience.
Our professionally trained guides cater to guests’ preferences and fitness levels to create an wonderful wilderness walking experience.
Experience an up close and personal glimpse of the African bush on foot in the company of our expert guides and trackers, taking the time to observe the small wonders of the bush, from spiders and ant lions to dung beetles.
Regrettably, walking safaris are not suitable for children under 16 years of age.
Inyati offers fishing as an extra activity between game drive times. All fishing equipment is supplied by the Lodge.
Fishing is done in the Sand River and at the causeway. Guests’ safety is paramount, and they are always accompanied by an armed ranger or tracker.
There are over 37 species of fish in the Sand River – the most common ones being:
• Sharp tooth Catfish (Barbel)
• Mozambique Tlipia (Bream)
• Small Mouth Yellowfish
Apart from the relaxing aspect of fishing, it is a glorious way to be at one with the bush, listening to the chirping of the various bird species or the sounds of hippos in the distance.
The crystal clear swimming pool is the perfect spot to enjoy sundowners. After spending a morning under the warm African sun a refreshing swim is always welcome.
Inyati offers a fully equipped gym for those who wish to stay in shape whilst enjoying their African safari.
The gym has a modern computerized treadmill, bicycle and stepping machine.
Leave time just to do nothing – to enjoy the peace, sense of space, the colours – the very essence of Africa.
Evoke your lost senses. The first step in your training will be to home all the senses you need when working in the bush.
Whilst in the bush ALL your senses need to be fine tuned, your ranger will take you into the bush and teach you bird calls, this will home your sense of hearing and also improve your knowledge on birds.
Your ranger will then explain the use of colour in nature (cryptic, aposymatic, breeding, countershading). Find your own examples in the bush to test your newly discovered theories, this will improve your sense of sight and teach you what to look for in the bush.
The bushveld provides us with an array of different smells, some very good smells to attract something, or sometimes some nasty smells to deter nasty predators. Find some things that have a particular smell in the bush but make sure your ranger helps you with everything you collect. Your ranger will then explain the reason why the plants or insects you found have that particular smell. Ask your ranger about Pheromones and you might find out that plant can actually talk to each other!!!! Now your sense of smell will be in tune with your surroundings.
The next sense is something we need to be very careful with so your ranger must help you all the time with this exercise. Have a look at some of the plants in the bush and feel the difference in the leaves and bark. See if you can start to identify different trees by looking at and feeling the bark and leaves. Now your sense of touch can help you to identify some of the tricky tree species.
Tracking and spoor identification. In order to find animals and avoid danger, a ranger needs to be able to read all the signs that the bush leaves us, the best signs are tracks left by insects, birds and mammals.
Before we head into the bush visit the Inyati shop and buy a Track and Sign booklet, this will be of great help for today’s training.
Your ranger and tracker will take you to the best place to find and look at tracks.
Have a look at the tracks around the water and see if you can identify them. If you are lucky enough to find a good track your ranger and tracker will help you make a mould of you track with plaster of paris so you will always be able to use it as a reference in future training.
Sparkling African evenings. When on game drive at night it can be easy to loose your sense of direction, to keep you on course it is important to know some of the stars and planets in the night sky as they can be your compass at night.
Your ranger will point out some of the constellations and stars within them, depending on the season some of these stars and constellations can point out direction to keep you on track. Ask your ranger about planets as well, if you’re lucky you might spot one, if you’re VERY lucky you might see a shooting star but remember to make a wish!!
General bushcraft. Your tracker can share some of the knowledge passed from generation to generation in Africa with you. Before the days of shops people in Africa used to live off the land and learnt how to use plants for every day activities like brushing teeth, toothpaste, soap, food, toilet paper and even medicine. Join your tracker in the bush around camp as he will reveal some of the African survival secrets to you.
Insect collection and identification.
Some of the most interesting things in the bush are the small critters, ask your ranger to help you collect and identify some insects.
Butterflies are probably the most beautiful order of insects, try to spot an identify some of them with the help of your ranger.
Basic fire arm handling and safety.
Rangers are sometime required to handle fire arms to ensure the safety of their guests. Any fire arm is very dangerous and to be used only under a rangers supervision and if your guardian is present.
An optional part of the course is shooting with an air rifle, the most important part of this training is learning how to use the rifle safely and then becoming a crack shot!
You have now taken the first step to becoming a fully fledged ranger and will be issued with your Inyati Junior rangers Certificate!
Keep learning and homing those senses!!