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 Post subject: Re: Tales from the Trails
Unread postPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:33 pm 
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Another thread - though from a trailists point of view ...

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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
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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: 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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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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I did the Metsi in June and thought the camp was quite ok. You'll enjoy it! I was told by the trail ranger that the new Metsi camp would be operational by January 2014.

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 Post subject: Metsi Metsi - temporary closure trail base camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:18 am 
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Hi all of you,

I received an alarming letter yesterday about the temporary closure of the trail base camp of the Metsi Metsi wilderness trail, because the base camp is 'in a very poor condition'. They move to a temporary fly camp for bookings from 15 september. I booked the Metsi Metsi for the 11th of september, so I will be the last one to stay in the old camp......

I'm really worried about what we can expect in a camp in 'a very poor condition'....... Is there anyone who did the trail recently and can tell something more about it? Does the poor conditions have something to do with the sanitary of with the A-frame huts or both?....

They offer you the possibility to cancel the trail. That doesn't sound as a solution. Booked this trail months ago, and now you can't change your plans anymore....

I hope there's somebody on the forum who knows more about it, thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi - temporary closure trail base camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:35 am 
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Dear Inri

It is indeed true that the Metsi Metsi Trail will be temporarily closed as from 15 September 2013 due to renovations taking place at the camp. The camp at the moment is not badly damaged but we cannot wait for the conditions to deteriorate before doing something, hence we decided to close it temporarily. We are busy establishing a temporary fly camp near Nkuhlu to accommodate Metsi Metsi Trail until the renovations are completed.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:13 pm 
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Metsi-Metsi was terrific! Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the camp, the other guests were nice too. EJ and Phillip are really outstanding guides!
We saw a lot of game while on foot... We never walked a long time without seeing anything which is quite unusual for a walk!

We even saw 2 Lions (1 male and 1 female)! Not that close of course :whistle:
Phillip said he saw a 3rd lioness but I only saw 2... :lol:

The other day we came across 2 Honey Badgers who ignored us for a long time and let us walk quite close towards them! One looked at us, sniffing and then they trotted away... Awesome! :dance:

Phillip also saw a Leopard but it quickly disappeared without anyone else seeing it. Only Eagle-Eye Phillip - really amazing that guy!

Seeing Elephant and Rhino on foot was also great of course. But all of us really enjoyed walking in this scenic area and just loved being in the middle of the african bush! Between all the game we saw, of course we also had time to look at the little things that are out there...

On our last morning, we spotted a Leopard from the hide! Wasn`t that far away from the little camp fence... :D :shock:
The guides couldn`t believe it! :mrgreen:

Thanks again to EJ, Phillip and Ernesto for the whole experience!
Greetings, Jochen

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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I did the Nwatimwambu trail camp (the Metsi Metsi replacement) in November. I really can NOT recommend it. The bush is too thick for walking, it is NOTHING like the Metsi Metsi area. It can be dangerous to walk up on animals in bush that thick, and not everyone in the group will even see the few animals encountered.

While Andre and Ronnie tried very hard to make up for this, I would switch to another trail if possible, Sweni was much better.

The tents were nice, although the chemical toilets need to be serviced by the park between each set of guests, the rangers should not have to do this.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:50 pm 
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When will the renovated Metsi camp be operational again? Thanks


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