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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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Josh, I hear what you are saying but after a typical day on a trail, everybody is tired, so will volunteer to stand guard just to let others have the thrill of sleeping under the stars? Where I normally go (private reserve) there is a platform, which is about 3 metres above ground. There is no roof but to get on top of the platform, you have to climb a couple of stairs. This I found to be a bit intimidating to the animals. But, we got a scare when an elephant decided one night to use one of the pillars as a rubbing post.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - specific guides
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I recently did the Mphongolo Trail with Jannie Jurgens and Marina Visser, they are great guides and I will reccomend them anytime. I am doing the lonely bull next year and will request these two to guide us. I discussed it with them and they said it is possible to book them in advance.

Look forward to my next trail with these two, and think any other trailers will do well to request them


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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - specific guides
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It is possible to request your guides and I did so again with Mphongolo which finished this past Saturday and have already discussed my dates for Lonely Bull and Olifants with them for next year.


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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open
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I have just returned from Mphongolo BPT and it is definitely not allowed. In fact ALL gear needs to be inside the tent with you at night.

I am however doing a primitive trail in Umfolozi next week and believe that there the guests sleep outside with someone keeping guard all night.


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 Post subject: best wilderness trails in May
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advice requested: looking to go on a wilderness trail in May with 6 mates. Any recommendations re which trails are the best at this time of year? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Good time to go and I think any trail would be good . The nights are chilly BUT the accommodation warm with plenty of blankets
and the days not too hot . Not too many mozzies either
I have been on three and they are all just as nice different but all good

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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Thanks Hugh - spoken like a true park ambassador! You must have a favourite?


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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Hi Juno!

Have you check availability? I imagine May is a very popular time, so you might have your decision made for you by what is available still.

I have heard that Olifants is the best. Never done any myself tho.

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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Not really Juno The Sweni was our first one and wished we had discovered these trails a few years ago The weather was perfect and we walked and walked The second was Bushmans , Its in a different area and we went and visited the rock paintings and even came across a black rhino .Also met up with a long lost cousin who I had now seen since she was a small little girl
The the last one we went on was the Nylaland one . Magnificient scenery super company ..and we also came across lions on the walk ( they ran away from us)

So its really difficult to choose
I am sure more mites will come up with great ideas

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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Hi juno and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Have you had a read through Wilderness Trails FAQ
Loads of great advice and info in there to help you make a choice. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: best wilderness trails in May
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Hi Juno, I have done trails twice in May and would highly recommend that time of year. Each trail has magic, so I think it will be a matter of availability.

I wish you luck in getting what you want :thumbs_up:

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