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Unread postby Diesel » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:02 pm

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Marius and Obed

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Unread postby Diesel » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:09 pm

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Sundowners at Ted's Place close to Sweni Camp...
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Unread postby Bennievis » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:12 pm

Thanks for your lovely report Diesel. It feels as if I was there too!.
Girls only?

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Unread postby Diesel » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:16 pm

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Our group photo. We did a few Kruger trails now and Sweni was the most exiting. We had enough exitement to last us a lifetime...
Next year we will be doing Olifants.
If you ever do a Kruger trail, you will find it a life changing experience, it is like an addiction - you simply cannot wait for the next one....
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Unread postby Diesel » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:38 am

Hi there Bennievis

Yes we were ladies only - had lots of fun...even had our own braai at Crocodile Bridge. Had to braai with eyes watering from the smoke and make-up running but it was FUN....

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Unread postby Marina » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:56 am

:clap: Thanks for the report & pics Diesel!

It's lovely to see that eventhough you were all ladies & faced with many frightening encounters you still felt safe & comfortable!

A trail is on our to do list and after reading that 8 ladies can do it and have such an amazimg time I'm even more motivated!

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Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:49 pm

Thanks for posting !
The poles of the lapa roof (where python is visible) is secured to the vertical supports just above eye level by strips of a buffalo skin which was shot to feed the the workforce who built the camp during the construction of Sweni in 1989/90 .
I have spent many pleasant days (about 25) there .
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KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Unread postby Diesel » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:13 am

Pumbaa, a VERY IMPORTANT TIP when you are planning a trail for a few people:

One should be extremely particular when choosing your group.
One difficult, unco-operative or moody person can cause a lot of conflict and spoil the atmosphere for the duration of the trail.

We had this last year.
Although the rest of the ladies tried not to involve our guide in the conflict, the "difficult" one made it very uncomfortable for him.

So, do take care when planning your trail -
I think above is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the trail: the atmosphere.
You know, if you have blisters or sunburn or a torn shirt, you can do something about it.
But a difficult person is another story and can ruin your whole trail....
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Unread postby Elize Botha » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:18 pm

I just want to confirm that the Sweni Trail was one of the most exciting things I have done in my life. Walking with lions is definitely something you can not describe to someone, you have to experience it yourself. Worth every cent!

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Unread postby Alrine » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:02 pm

Hi I’m one of Tersia’s Lion Ladies
(that’s what Obed, our one ranger, called us because of all the lions we saw).
This was my very first trip to Kruger and now I’m totally hooked.
It was a fantastic experience and I’m almost scared that I won’t enjoy next year (doing Olifant’s) as much as this year.
We stayed 2 nights before and after our Sweni trial and experienced so much, even load shedding just when the driver dropped us off in the parking lot of Lower Sabie after our night drive.
Do you know how scary it is in the Kruger when all lights are turned off, its pitch dark and you only know more or less in which direction the safari tent camps are?
Can’t wait for next year.
D4M

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Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:36 pm

Hi Deidre, welcome to the forum and the trails.
We did Sweni 2 to 5 June and really enjoyed it.
Still working on my trip report5.
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No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 144 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.

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Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail

Unread postby deidre » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:46 pm

I have done all the trails and going for the 2nd round.
The trails are the highlight of my year.
My fist trail was in 1999 where I got hooked and has being going on them once every year.
I will post some photo's of the other trails as well.

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Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail

Unread postby macktheknife » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:29 am

What is the best wilderness trail to do in terms of predator sightings? Looked at Sweni for October when I will be in Kruger but seems to be fully booked, only available from after 21 November I think! :|

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Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:37 am

Concerning lions ?
Either Sweni or Metsi Metsi prior to the first summer rains around October (sometimes the rain is later) , though it depends largely on availability of forage and the previous seasons rainfall -
though prey species seem to instinctively rotate their grazing patterns .
From my experiences being in the right place at the right time is the main deciding factor .
I have been on trail where we saw very little game where the trails ranger remarked that the group which he guided on the previous trail 3 days prior saw much more game .
One year in August on trail we saw plenty of general game on the first day and after a short rain shower that evening we saw perhaps half a dozen animals during a whole mornings walk - even though the wind was still and it was warm and sunny .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail

Unread postby deidre » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:58 pm

I went on the Nyalaland Trail a couple of years back during September and I nearly died of the heat.
I will agree with "ndloti" that Sweni or Metsi-Metsi is your best option to see lions (but I cannot promise anything).
But as I said it will be VERY humid and hot in October.

Concerning the group you go with.
I've been very fortunate to have a great group of friends that love the bush as much as I do
For the past 6 years we have had the same group of friends going on these trails.
I think it is very important to know the people you go with on any trip, the trails being no exception.
I cannot think of anybody not enjoying the trails and connecting to your “roots” but hey, that’s just me.


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