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Media Release: KNP opens up more wilderness areas for tourists

Date: 28th October 2009

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will open bookings for its latest adventure trails called Mphongolo Back Pack and Malopeni Overnight Eco-Trail as from Sunday, November 1, 2009.

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will open bookings for its latest adventure trails called Mphongolo Back Pack and Malopeni Overnight Eco-Trail as from Sunday, November 1, 2009.

Bookings, will like all the other products and services of the park be administered through SANParks central reservation system at reservations@sanparks.org. These guided activities will afford adventure loving tourists an exclusive wilderness experience in the most remote areas of the park which are not accessible by vehicles.

Malopeni Overnight Eco-Trail will be available as from November 1, 2009 while Mphongolo Back Pack‘s first Trail will depart from April 1, 2010. Mphongolo Back Pack Trail is found between Shingwedzi and Mphongolo Rivers and the duration of the trail is three nights, four days. It will depart from Shingwedzi Camp every Wednesday and Sunday at 14:00. However, on account of rainy conditions in summer, the trail will only be open between 1 February and 30 November of every year. There are no overnight huts on this trail and back-packers must provide for all their needs for the duration of the trail i.e. sleeping bags, tents and food. The trail takes a maximum of eight back-packers and a minimum of four at the time and it will be guided by two experienced Trails Rangers.

Malopeni Overnight Eco-Trail is a one night guided adventure trail along the management roads in the north-east of Phalaborwa Gate up to the Letaba River. This trail will depart on daily basis from Phalaborwa Gate throughout the year; however during heavy rains or other urgent management related issues, the route may be changed or even be closed temporarily. Only five vehicles plus the guide vehicle are allowed per trail, with a maximum of four people per vehicle.

The launch of the two Adventure Trails will also see the existing Nonokani 4 x 4 Adventure Trail which runs through the wilderness areas of Phalaborwa section up to the Olifants River being permanently closed. “We experienced a number of visitor related problems in the past that affected the experience of tourists who took part in the Nonokani 4 x 4 Adventure Trail and that is the reason we are closing it now;” said Mr Ben van Eeden, the Regional Manager of Nxanatseni Region.

To book or find out more about the new KNP adventure and other trail activities visit the SANParks website on: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/activities or call central reservations on (012) 428 9111.

Issued by:
Laura Mukwevho, Internal Communication Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262 or email: lauram@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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