Safari and Trek Classifications

Group of trekkers with their donkeys crossing a flat grassy and open woodland plateau
Trekking Group In Easy grassy Open Woodland

We have developed the following assessment guide to assist people to select a walk or trek of appropriate challenge see below.

Bronson Wading a Boulder Strewn River
Bronson Wading The Walsh River

Our assessment of the challenge of our walks is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Terrain: steepness, surface (loose stones, uneven surfaces, vegetation cover, tracks and animal pad availability);
  • Temperature, humidity and other climatic conditions;
  • Remoteness and isolation; and
  • Expedition rigor and going: including pace, duration, vegetation interference.

Most people will complete our treks with ease as there is no heavy rucksack to carry. Only a few treks require above average fitness. This mainly to cope to the hotter conditions expected in the tropics and assist acclimatisation. We normally walk for 4-6 hours in a day with breaks for morning tea and lunch. Most days we aim to arrive in the intended campsite for a late lunch leaving the remainder of the afternoon to relax or explore the local area.

Our four classifications are explained below:

Comfortable: 8-12 km per day:

  • Known/marked route or track,
  • Easy vegetation,
  • Undulating terrain,
  • Cattle pads / defined pack tracks or motor vehicle tracks,
  • Some wading to cross running rivers or creeks,
  • Within motor vehicle access for most of route, and
  • Up to seven days duration.

Moderate: 10-15 Km per day:

  • Known & proven route,
  • Undulating terrain,
  • Dense or difficult vegetation in a few places,
  • Some cattle pads,
  • Some cross country movements,
  • Remote locations, motor vehicle access restricted for 50% of route,
  • Some wading to cross running rivers or creeks, and
  • Less than 10 days duration.

Challenging:10-15 km per day:

  • Known but not proven route,
  • Undulating to steep terrain,
  • Dense or difficult vegetation in places,
  • Mix of cross country, cattle & horse pads some roads or vehicle tracks,
  • Some deep river crossings involving deliberate fording,
  • Remote locations and wilderness conditions for 50% or less of route - little or no motor vehicle access, and
  • Greater than 10 days duration.

Demanding: > 15 km per day:

  • Path finding route,
  • Undulating, steep and rough terrain,
  • Dense or difficult vegetation in places,
  • Cross country, cattle & horse pads, very few vehicle tracks,
  • Difficult river crossings involving deliberate fording,
  • Very remote and wilderness conditions for > 50% of route, very limited motor vehicle access, and
  • Greater than 10 days duration.