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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:08 am 
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kellyee21 wrote:
We wanted to do this in May this year and when phoned a few weeks ahead I was told that all the bikes were broken and they weren't doing rides at the moment. I was told to check back when we got to Olifants. When we did they said they were still broken, though the bikes were parked in the reception and for the most part looked ok. Are they actually doing the rides now ?


Kellyee21 the bikes are fine and fully operational.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
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Stephens, I e-mailed Lerato (manager at Olifants) with a few questions. According to her, the minimum number of participants is 6 and not 2 (where do you find 6 biking enthusiasts on any given time?!). Furthermore, she has not replied to my further queries, e.g. if I can use my own cycle (after various attempts to contact her).

The mountain biking activity is advertised on posters all over the KNP, but it does not seem to be well organized at all. Nobody seems to have the knowledge to properly answer tourists' queries. If a visitor is keen on riding the trails at Olifants, how can he/she plan a trip? Accommodation bookings need to be made well in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
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Hi, EddieL

Please visit this link http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... _bikes.php about Mountain Biking Trails at Olifants Camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
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Hi Stephens. I have tried to contact Olifants on my recent visit to the park, but was unable to get any information. I have also posted to various forums on the matter, without success. The information given in the link you posted, seems to be outdated. It really is a pity, because this can become a fantastic tourist attraction (as it is in Botswana), but at the moment proper information on the mountain bike trails makes it impossible to plan ahead. Information such as the following is unclear: I believe there are morning and afternoon outings? If so, can you drive from other camps like Letaba or Satara and still make the gates? How many routes are available and can they all be done in one day? What is the maximum number of participants - still 6?

I also read an article that the mountain biking activity will possibly be extended to Skukuza. Any feedback on this?


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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
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Eddie, have you seen the GroPro footage - link

Lourens, Head Guide at Olifants is active on the forums, but he is away until 9 August. I will ask him to post some answers here for you when he gets back to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Bike Trails at Olifants Camp
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Wonderlik! Dankie Dalene.


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