We walked the Napi Trail on July 19-22, 2006. It was a wonderful experience. This camp burned a few years ago so the safari tents are relatively new and very comfortable. Hearing the lions and scops owls at night was an experience I will never forget.
Here are some views of the camp.
The order of the day was early coffee, 3 hour walk in bush, brunch, leisure time, short game drive with short walk and sundowners, followed by dinner...who can argue with that.
The guides were great...here is Saul illustrating the method of maintaining a rhino toilet.
Typical sunset at Napi
Those of you who have done a wilderness trail know that they are not done to get up close to the big 5...however, with some luck, and a great guide (Barry was our main guide), you can have some great experiences....and some scary one's too....we walked up on a resting white rhino and quickly had to depart as he was not too pleased with us being there.
We did manage a good view of 3 of the big 5, including the frightening experience with the rhino.
Another real advantage of these trails is the discussions of nature with the guides...they are very passionate about the park...we had a moving discussion regarding elephant culling. Of course, we also learned quite a bit about the environment and those small creatures one cannot really see from a car.
The group at end of trip. Barry, our guide, is the guy in the rear with the knit cap. The person to his right is Saul who you saw in the rhino toilet and in front is Phinneus, our great camp cook.
Of the others, four in the photo are South African and four are American and I will leave it to you to figure that out. One of the South Africans arranged for a "bokdrolspoegkompetisie", which was won handily by the Americans...I do not know what this says about our culture but that is how it turned out!
A wonderful experience and if you can do a trail you should.
If there any questions about the Napi trail I will gladly answer them if I can.
Kruger is a jewell that must be protected and preserved...there is no place like it on earth.