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 Post subject: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:36 pm 
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Mphongolo Back Pack Trail will be a new wilderness activity where you walk into the biggest wilderness area in the Kruger Park.conducted over three nights and having to be totally self sufficient.
what do you think. :hmz:


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In September I was told by the head of outdoor activities the basics have been investigated and the area to the south of Sirheni bushveld camp has been reconnoitred , he said at the time it was a question of getting the final go ahead once all the staff and vehicles and emergency back up plans have been put in place .
It will be very similar in nature to the Olifants backpack trail .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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ndloti wrote:
the area to the south of Sirheni bushveld camp has been reconnoitred .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Yes it will be conducted between the Mphongolo and Bububu rivers with many interesting sights like Phonda hills and Matiovila warm water springs.
the main focus will be on wilderness and not an A to B walk like the Olifants river back pack.The park has approved this activity but has not made the launch date public yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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I have susequently been informed of your identity by a moderator , Katamboega , I immediately recognised you from a photo in a book (I won't mention which one) when I saw you in Sept at the 30th anniversary function .
I will certainly be most interested in walking this trail .
As far back as early 90's I heard trails rangers talking about the possibility of trails in this area when the initiall Olifants backpack route was deemed a bit dangerous or strenuous , or was it the fact that satphones were not easily available at the time ?
The area sounds a delight , I found the scenery and variation of biomes etc on the Olifants bp area a bit monotonous .

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A very warm welcome to the forums Katamboega - good to have you here! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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I have been wondering if the sleepover points will be pre determined ?
As Riverrat mentions above , the Olifants backpack trail is a fairly strenuous exercise , with rough terrain which made me concentrate heavily on the footing instead of the scenery .
I also found Olifants to be perhaps rather monotonous as far as scenery is concerned , basically the same riverine scenery all the way .
Will the arrangement possibly be to walk from a central point carrying a daypack while your main backpack is hoisted into a tree , as I would assume one need not follow a predetermined route from west to east following the river as is the case with Olifants b p ?
What is the permanent water availibility in the area ?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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:lol: Imberbe, I'm in to!!

I still wanted to create this topic, but Katamboega beat me to it. It's indeed true! And they will be using a combination of up to 4 rivers in the area. Or so I was told by Doanavan Terblance. He also said that they are currently conducting test trails on the area. Very interesting! I also picked up that this will only be finalised by June 2009.

These backpack trails are the way of the future for the ultimate Kruger fanatics IMHO. What is very interesting is that you mention it's not a focus on pint A to B. This is a nice variation as to the Olifants Backpack Trail!

I personally think because SANParks put the emphasis on the trailists safety and on the policy of 'leave nothing bedhind' does make these activities sustainable.

Altough I disagree with Ndloti that the Olifants route is a bit monotonous, I cannot tell you the excitement about another trail close to one of the most beautiful and scenic routes in the park. I believe once the bakcpack trail gets more attention, real nature lovers will discover it as the ultimate, a goal that one should reach in life. I have experienced this myself, as I struggled to get enough members of the 'Forum backpack trail'. Coming back with all the stories, first impressions and pictures, I'm sure I will get 2 groups of 8 together easily...

Since I walked in Kruger, I doubt if I will exclude a wilderniss / backpack trail if I had the money. :whistle:

As you expected, I'm a huge fan of this idea and wait in great anticipation for it's official announcement. GO SANParks! Go Backpack trails!

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Any updates regarding this trail?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Some of the Parks Senior Managers are doing a test run next week and they might be able to comment on this.

The rivers don't flow this time of the year in this area but there is still lots of water around and it will be able to cater for all your wilderness needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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This area covers a big part of Mafunyanes old stomping ground if I am not mistaken.Didnt they find his body somewhere on the Zare river? Might be an idea to include the area near spot if possible.Dont know if there would be a general interest or not? I certainly would be if I were doing a trail in that area.
There should be enough ellies up there thats for sure---


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Zari spruit and the water hole in the Phugwane at its confluence is in the area that the trail will be operating in.
There is just so much historical things to see in the area and there is definitely no shortage of Jumbo. Other game is also well represented but the main focus will be on the wilderness experience as this is the biggest wilderness area in Kruger and most of what you encounter will be a new way of looking at the thing that you might have become use to, as this area sees very little human activity.


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Thanks Katamboega.What a privilege it will be for those lucky enough to be there.-------------


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Doesn't look like they want to comment but hopefully some of the guides that are doing it this week will post some comment for you.

The last trails highlights were absolute silence during the day no sign of other humans or modern man.
Rhino and buffalo around camp at night,finding rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot and hearing lion and leopard. Swimming or rather bathing in the hot water spring and finding the missing graves at Zari.


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Please tell us more !
Who's graves , and where is the spring ?
Did they get close to the Phonda hills ?

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