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Media Release - 27 October 2002

Four exciting adventure trails launched in the Kruger National Park

It was announced today at Pretoriuskop that owners of 4x4 vehicles will be able to enjoy a bit more of the Kruger National Park from November 1, 2003 with the launch of four adventure trails situated in various areas of South Africa’s most famous national park.The four trails, which all take between four and five hours to complete, are the Northern Plains Adventure Trail north of Shingwedzi, the Nonokani Adventure Trail between Phalaborwa and Letaba, the Mananga Adventure Trail east of Satara and the Madlabantu Adventure Trail near Pretoriuskop.

Routes on all four trails were carefully chosen from the existing range of firebreak and other management roads and comply with the Kruger National Park (KNP) Recreation Opportunity Zoning (ROZ) Plan. The ROZ Plan is a systematic mapping of man’s activities in the KNP designed to keep wilderness areas intact but to identify and develop opportunities for tourism in footprints already exploited by KNP operations.

The development of the routes required a comprehensive Environmental Operational and Management Plan study to ensure that the activity is managed within the environmental best practice guideline.

Routes take guests as close as possible to the different wilderness areas in the KNP and were carefully chosen to bring out the uniqueness of the different landscapes and associated fauna and flora. They are not intended to “test” a 4x4 vehicle but only these vehicles will be allowed on the routes so that the environmental impacts are reduced. The trails also pass through riverbeds and dongas.As the adventure trails are not gravelled, they will be closed after rains to give an opportunity to dry completely. Therefore there will be no advanced bookings and clients with 4x4 vehicles will only be able to book a trail on the morning that he or she intends to go on it.

To further manage the environmental impact of the trail, only six vehicles will be allowed on each trail per day and it is advised to link up with at least one other vehicle before going on the trail. Trails are self-drive but, although a route map is provided, it is advised that drivers bring their GPS.

There are no facilities along the routes and guests are asked to make use of the ablution facilities at the nearest camp before they start the trail.

Trails cost R460 per vehicle with an additional deposit of R100, the purpose of which is to ensure that guests report back to reception so that no one is left stranded in a remote area. The trails are booked at the following gates/camps:

  • Northern Plains Trail:  reserved from Shingwedzi Camp
  • Nonokani Trail: reserved from Phalaborwa Gate
  • Mananga Trail: reserved from Satara Camp
  • Madlabantu Trail: reserved from Pretoriuskop Camp  


The start of the Madlabantu Adventure Trail near Pretoriuskop.


KNP's new adventure trails are designed to show guests who own 4x4 vehicles a little more than those driving other, conventionally powered vehicles.

At certain key sites along the trail, guests are allowed to get out of their vehicles (at their own risk) to stretch their legs and take a break. The trails take around four hours to complete.

Drivers of 4x4 vehicles really get the feeling of being in the wilderness on these trails.

 

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Issued by:
Raymond Travers
Media Relations Practitioner
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4116
Cell: 082 908 2677
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Enquiries:
William Mabasa
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363
Cell: 082 807 3919
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