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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail Stuff to Bring?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:04 pm 
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I would take a few bags of good wood for the fireside in case as I last experienced on Metsi , the bagged wood that was supplied was of a poor quality and insufficient in our case .

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 Post subject: Metsi Metsi camp, what to bring?
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:46 pm 
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Hello forumites,

In 3 weeks time we will start the Metsi Metsi Trail. We're very excited about it all and have a practical question: do we leave most of our luggage in Skukuza in our rented car and bring just what we need for 3 days to the trail?
We are told to bring our own beer and wine! So that point is settled.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi camp, what to bring?
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Hello Daffy,
The huts are small, so the more you leave behind in your car, the better.
Wine for the sundowners is an excellent idea :thumbs_up:
Coffee and tea is available the whole day, but all the other drinks you have to provide for yourself. Same applies for your in between snacks/fruit etc.
Flashlight is a must.
Insect repellent and sunblock too. I suppose you know about clothes and shoes. Your own toiletries should be handy, one towel a person for your entire stay is provided.
Do not forget your :cam: and binoculars.
Enjoy!!!


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 Post subject: Tales from the Trails
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Hi to all 'mites :hello:

Our Wilderness Adventure trails allow our more adventurous guests up-close and personal encounters within the Kruger Park by exploring the unspoiled wilderness on foot. We have asked Steven Oosthuizen, the Olifants trail ranger to share some of his exhilarating stories from the trail… We hope to provide you with regular insights into his everyday life and thus allow you to share in the excitement.


Chased by a rhino on a foot safari:
View the video of this exhilarating incident and story here.:

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 Post subject: Re: Tales from the Trails
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My first Pangolin encounter by Steven Oosthuizen :)

My first Pangolin encounter happened on the morning of the 2nd of November 2009 conducting a Metsi Metsi trail. We had a group consisting of two French, two German and two South African guests.

Myself and Phillip Gumede, my trusted trail colleague and assistant, started the first morning walking from our camp heading north towards the Lindanda area. We followed a well-used game path along a small grano fight ridge called Nwana nwhamrirwa.

Not far from the camp, we found two old buffalo bulls we call Dagga boys, as they are old and spend many hours lazing in the mud. “Dagga” being a Zulu word for mud. As we were watching the buffalo deciding how we could approach them, I heard something move in the grass just next to us. Phillip was worried it might be a honey badger and stood back. This is very understandable as honey badgers are probably the most ferocious animals in relation to their size. I decided to cautiously approach and see what it was.

As I walked towards it I saw a shiny brown body and immediately realised it was a Pangolin. Later the guests would describe to me the “Pangolin dance” I treated them to as I was so excited. I called Phillip and the guests over. Phillip was also very happy but I could see that the guests, both international and local, were surprised by our excitement as they did not realise what a special sighting this was. Obviously I took many photos, as I touched this creature. It was a very special and spiritual moment for me.

The Pangolin at first lay still, stretched out. We could all see its face and feel the hard smooth scales that so efficiently protects its body. After some time I had to pick him up and slowly move him onto his side and the pangolin curled up into a tight impenetrable ball. I was amazed at how well he could protect himself and secondly how heavy he was. I’m sure most of the weight is the scales but he must have weighed at least 20 kg.

After many photos and lots of kisses from mostly me, we left him in the grass and moved off. It was definitely a day I would never forget and a highlight of my time walking in Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Tales from the Trails
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Fantastic! Thank you for sharing :mrgreen: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Tales from the Trails
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In future this will definitly be my favourite thread :hands:

Thank you so much :k Lesego, Steven and also Phillip (with his exceptional knowledge of birds), whom I had the privilege of meeting in March 2011 when I walked the Metsi Metsi Trail :dance:

Can't wait for more!! :popcorn: :lotsocoffee:

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[b]Unforgettable Adventures and Memories . . . . Metsi Metsi - March 2011[/b]
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27.12 - 31.12 (Shingwedzi)
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 Post subject: Re: Tales from the Trails
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Another thread - though from a trailists point of view ...

viewtopic.php?f=131&t=50032

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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Hello,

Metsi Metsi is our best trail in KNP, the first time we saw one male lion with a hippo carcass not very far, and the next day Philipp (very good guide and knowledge) was walking in front of us and stop suddenly and 10 seconds after to male lions (only 15 meter away) wake up, stood up and ran away...

The second guide was Rudy (he was attacked by a lioness during a trail).


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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:25 pm 
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Its awesome to read this stuff this week: I'm booked for the trail on Sunday :-)
My fondest memory of it from the past are a dozen different highlights including a lioness who sneaked into camp at lunchtime to take a closer look at us chilling under the thatch lapa, coming to within 40 metres of two prides of lion while on foot, and hearing Mr Mets I, the resident leopard take a bushbuck at the front fence, while we were preping our water bottles for the morning walk.
And of course the amazing electrical storms that the mountain behind draws!!!!!! All power and no puddles :-)

Hope this week is even half as good. There are only 3 guests booked.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:05 am 
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Hi,

I am planning a trip to Kruger in April, and am trying to decide between the Metsi-Metsi trail and the Sweni trail. Because it is the end of the rainy season, I'm wondering if there is a greater chance for encountering wildlife at one of these two wilderness trails. I know that that these wilderness trails are not necessarily about spotting the "big 5" and are by all accounts entirely unpredictable, but I would like to choose the trail based on a general likelihood of encountering wildlife.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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Hi there and a warm welcome to the forum!

Have you had a read Here

and Sweni

Sure you will find lots of great advice and info in there. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Metsi Metsi Trail on September - Suggestions: Kruger on Sep
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Hello there,
I'm Martina, from Italy.

Will visit the KNP on September (2013) and would like to experience a wilderness trail. On 8th Sep the only trail still available is Metsi Metsi. Anyone did it before? September is a good month for this trail?

Thanks a lot!


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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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Hi Martina,

I`m booked on Metsi-Metsi for 8th September 2013.
Never did a trail before though.

Did you book?

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12 September Berg n Dal
13 September Pretoriuskop

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:34 am 
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Just received this letter from KNP staff:
Metsi Metsi Camp is in vey poor conditions and the KNP Management decided to close it for major renovations. Facilities are unsafe. A temporary camp next to N'watimhiri area is being developed for booking starting from 15th Sep.

For bookings before that date the Metsi Metsi camp is still available.


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