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 Post subject: 3 Day Walk
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Hi,

I'm looking for some feedback on the three day walks from the rest camps. Which ones are the best and I know they leave on Sundays and Wednesdays but at what time? I assume you can leave you car and gear somewhere and go with a smaller pack? Do they provide mosquito nets?


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 Post subject: Re: 3 Day Walk
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:59 am 
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Hi

They tend to depart at 2pm or 3pm depending on the trail.

There is no "best" one, as each one has its own attraction.

You leave your vehicle and excess baggage in a rest camp and depart by game viewing vehicle from there.

You get two types of trails:

The first uses a base camp in which you sleep. Guests walk circle routes and sleep in the same camp for three nights. They are fully equipped with huts, beds and nets. Catering is done by a staff member.

The second type is the back pack routes which does not utilise a base camp. Here you supply and carry all you need, including your own tent and food.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ
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Hi all,

I booked the Metsi Metsi for september. Does anyone know if there are a lot of mosquitos in this area in september, I can imagine it depends of the distance of the camp to the river, does anyone know the situation? Are the mosquito nets OK? Or better take your own?

How many luggage can you take with you to the camp? Is your car with the luggage you don't use safe at the departing point?


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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ
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Inri, I can't imagine the mosquitoes will be too much of a problem in September but that is not to say there won't be any and one should always take precautions.
Not sure if there are mozzie nets but sure someone will be able to say for sure.
I am sure your car and possessions will be perfectly safe at camp.
Have you had a read Metsi Metsi
See there are others who are also going on the trail in September. :thumbs_up:
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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ
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Hi Inri,

will just miss each other then :-)

Have fun!

Don`t know about mosquito nets either.
Will take Malarone anyway...

Will leave in 2 1/2 weeks!
Can`t wait :dance: :D

Take care

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 Post subject: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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According to Scott's (Year in the Wild) post, they slept in the open on the last night of their ORBT, i.e. outside their tents. It appears that they kept a fire going the whole night, and kept watch. I have done this a few times in other reserves, but thought that in Sanparks parks, you weren't allowed to. Is this indeed allowed? I would love to spend a night under the stars, and keeping watch is a lovely experience.

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 Post subject: Backpack trails - specific guides
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How easy/possible is it to request specific guides when booking a backpack trail?
Would you choose a specific guide, or just go for 'the luck of the draw'?
If I am able to request specific guides, who would you recommend? (and why?)

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - specific guides
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Hi Josh

You can send an email to Tshepo Mathebula (tshepo.mathebula@sanparks.org) and Bridget Bagley (bridget.bagley@sanparks.org).

The trail allocation for guides usually happens in the 2nd week of January each year. So if you have a reservation before this you can just mail them with your reservation number.

It would be best also to check with the guide you are requesting if they are available for that specific date for the trail in question, especially if this is after the trails have been allocated to the guides for the year.

If you don't mind you can "go for the luck of the draw" :lol: Generally all the guides I have come across are great.

Personally I have built a relationship with Jannie Jurgens over the years and we are good friends and keep in regular contact even when I am not in the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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We spoke to our guide about this when we did the ORBT and generally it is not allowed.
I think this case was an exception for whatever reasons..

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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It is not allowed in Kruger itself on their trails. I have done it in greater Kruger though.....

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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I recall reading a report that a group on the Mphongholo BPT (?) camped outside of their tents in the open against a large anthill or similar earthen feature which provided protection from the rear .

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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As the safety of hikers is of major importance, all participants have to bring tents and sleep in them every night while they are walking the trail.

Copied from the information for the Mphongholo Trail.......the same applies to the other 2 trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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Another TR I read mentioned the group sleeping outside tents, but within a fenced helipad.

ej, I understand Sanparks' stance, but one also has to remember that other organisations, and other reserves (don't want to mention them here) conduct shelter-less trails throughout the year, without any (reported) incidents. The same way Sanparks changed its stance to evolve from no trails, to wilderness trails in a fenced camp, to backpack trails, maybe they'll take the next step.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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Sleeping out in the open is a definate no no. Even sleeping in a tent with the door open is dangerous. A week before we arrived at third bridge in Moremi Botswana, a boy aged 9 was killed by a hyena. He left the door open because he wanted to take pictures of the prowling hyenas. He fell asleep and a hyena charged in and killed the boy.

I have read travel reports by hunters from the early 1800s that trekked with oxen through the interior. In the book is a gruesome story of a labourer that slept next to the wagon. A hyena came and bit a huge chunk out of the man's face. He was maimed for life.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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Rooies, I understand all the risks, especially hyena. However on these trips where people sleep under the stars, there is always a watch kept, and usually a fire is kept going too. I haven't heard of any incidents when people slept under the stars, with a watch (ie on organised trails). It is happening in other places in SA, and I imagine in Africa too.

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