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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:35 am 
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Thank you DuQues and Josh :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: I thought it strange that I had not heard about it :slap:


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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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AFAIR, this activity at Olifants came to an end when Lourens left the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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Was in conversation with someone at Oliphants yesterday as I wanted to book a mountain bike trail for our group visiting later this month and they now only do the one ride in the morning and they are doing the easier ride of the two advertised and for a maximum of six persons. We cannot do it as they begin at 5am and we are staying at Letaba, I was told that one has to be staying at Oliphants the night before in order to do the MTB trail :(


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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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We did it and LOVED it! I had not been on a bike in years and years, but luckily there was only one other person (besides my SO) and he didn't care if we went a bit slow. Ok...VERY slow. :redface: It was amazing being in the bush on a bike. We sat out on some rocks along the river and watched the hippos. It is one of those Kruger experiences that I will never ever forget. My goodness, where else do you have a chance to ride a bike in the bush?!!!
I would do it again if I could round up a group of 6 old, chubby, out-of-shape folks so that I wouldn't feel I was holding back the group. Same for the Wilderness walk that we did...I was the oldest, fattest and most out of shape and I huffed and puffed a bit. Ahhhh well.


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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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I have done both the morning one to the Olifants/letaba confluence and the easy one along the olifants in the afternoon. Althought the morning one is more expensive, I would recomend that one, and also the more strenuous one to the confluence. The river route id not as intersting as it just goes through monotonous mopani ! Having said that , the confluence one is a bit lot more strenuous and technical , so only do that if you are a bit skilled at mountain biking! You don't generaly see much game. On the river route (out and back) we discovered that a leopard and cub, a huge herd of elephants and several buffs had passed over the road behind us as we rode out! (only saw the tracks on the way back) Also a mystery francolin wing had fallen onto the road! Unfortunately the bikes are not very good (refered to as "Farm Gates" in MTB circles) and maintainance is an issue, at least when I last did it. I would definately try it, maybe not as peacefull as a walk , but what fun !

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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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Micetta, are the two of us going to give it a go in December? :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Safari on mountain bike
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OK Elzet, as I have to sleep in a tent anyway, just as well in Kruger 8) Nothing wrong with my bicycle skills :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: MTB (Mountain Bike) Rides
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:dance: I just requested 2 bikes for next sunday morning, 2010-10-10 :dance:
Hope to ride a different route - maybe confluence :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: MTB (Mountain Bike) Rides
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ashmull wrote:
I'm impressed that you were able to reserve from Germany. I have called from California at least half a dozen times and sent maybe a dozen emails.
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Hi asmull,

that´s a question of trust... :wink:

No one can reserve before 3 days or more.
The reservationsystem additionally will tell the attendants & requesters,
that there is "fully booked" - but it isn´t. :dance:
That only means - booking will be done on arrival, directly to Olifants.
That needs some activity on arrival in Kruger.
The attendants on any reception desk in the park will help - sometimes it will need a bit of ... negotiation. :whistle:

We´ve done it last sunday morning (10. october 2010) in a party of 5 + 2 guides.
Pictures will follow soon.

Take care,
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6.-14.10. 10 Berg-en-Dal, Lower Sabie, Satara, Olifants, Letaba, Talamati, Skukuza, Berg en Dal.
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 Post subject: bike at Olifants?
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:32 pm 
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Hi Guys,
Were going to be staying at Mopani in July and I was wandering if you can go mountain biking at Olifants.

What time does the afternoon ride begin and end?

Anyone know the route taken on the afternoon ride?

Are there any other camps that have Mountain Biking?

Any info would be great!

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 Post subject: Re: Can you stay at another camp and bike at Olifants?
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okie wrote:
Mountain biking in Kruger :big_eyes: I thought bicycles are not allowed :hmz:
1wnature means one of the organised activities from Olifants camp Okie. Here
and I don't think any other camps offer this activity?

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 Post subject: Re: Can you stay at another camp and bike at Olifants?
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Hi 1wnature, I saw the bikers at Olifants in August 2009 and it seemed pretty well organised. Not at all sure if it still done. :hmz:
Maybe better to send a message to Sanparks or direct to the camp requesting information.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you stay at another camp and bike at Olifants?
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I also have doubts if this is still on... I can remember seeing the bikes at reception (in the office building actually), but I can also vaguely remember posts about them stopped.

Why not ask reservations? reservations@sanparks.org
They should be able to tell you.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you stay at another camp and bike at Olifants?
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Thanks for the advice.
I've emailed reservations and will post the reply.

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 Post subject: Re: Can you stay at another camp and bike at Olifants?
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:13 pm 
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Here is the reply from Sanparks:

"Yes the mountain biking is still available at Olifant. The prices are as followed; Morning Bike is R480.00 p/p and afternoon bike is R265.00 p/p
It wont be possible to do the mountain bike if you are staying at Mopani as they start the activities very early as 05H30 and Mopane is very far."

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Mopani - July 21-24
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