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Re: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:26 pm

I was under the impression that only two are left open. (Madlabantu & Mananga) Would be great to know for sure. :thumbs_up:
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Re: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread postby TonyP » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:16 am

Stark, I think you are correct. These two are short self drive trails of course there are the 2 guided trails....Lebombo (4 nights) and Shingwedzi (5 nights).
Shingwedzi is predominantly in the Mozambique side (Limpopo), but departs & ends in KNP.

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Re: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread postby bert » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:15 pm

The answer from SANparks
All trails are open :

Adventure trails

o Madlabantu,

o Mananga and

o Northern Plains Adventure Trails

· Lebombo Overland Eco Trail – open between beginning of April and end of October (departure every Sunday)

· Malopeni Eco Trail – daily throughout the year

· Olifants River Back Pack Trail - open between beginning of April and end of October (departure every Sunday & Wednesday)

· Mphongolo Back Pack Trail - open between beginning of February and end of November (departure every Sunday & Wednesday)

· All trails close if there are hazardous conditions e.g. heavy rains etc.

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Re: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread postby travelshark » Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:51 am

Last year I did both the one from Pretoriuskop and from Satara.
Enjoyed them both, but if I had to choose only one, would probably go with Pretoriuskop.
The trails aren't difficult to drive (technically you wouldn't really need a 4x4, but keeps the trails in better condition).
We saw a lot of wildlife (October) and it's so refreshing just to be all by yourself in the bush!
Definitely recommend.
I would say do both if you can, but we did have a wee bit more fun from Pretoriuskop.

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4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread postby Koosbos » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:16 pm

Can anyone give me more info on the difficulty rate of the 4x4 routes in Kruger Park.
Can one do it with a soft 4x4 (no low range)?

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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:53 pm

A soft off roader is allowed , there are no sections where it is necessary as the trails are closed when it has rained significantly , this in order to prevent vehicles getting stuck and damaging the roads .
You may only access the trails once you have been to the respective camps reception at opening time , once staff have received the "green light" to allow access ...

See this page :

Best read some of the topics :

Mananga Trail



However , in the case of the Lebombo route a 4x4 with low range is mandatory .

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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread postby SilverSpur » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:23 am

Madlabantu is currently closed, it is the one close to Pretoriuskop.
You will be OK in the dry season with a soft 4x4.
Expect scratches as it gets narrow here and there.
There are some water issues on the 1st section with low clearance vehicles.

Sometimes you need to clear the path by hand. i.e. remove branches etc left by elephants, the 2nd section gets tricky for low clearance vehicles.

All in all a great experience.

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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:18 pm

Welcome to the forum Koosbos.

4x4 routes in all the National Parks with wild life are not very challenging. They are designed to give the visitor an experience that you cannot get on the normal tourist roads.

I have just done the Nossob 3 day eco trail in Kgalagadi, and apart from a rerun or 2 at a dune it was not taxing.

If you are wanting a challenge, it is better to go elsewhere.
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Re: Adventure/Eco/4x4 routes in KNP

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:39 pm

There used to be 4 Eco routes one could do.
The one in the North is still open - the Northern Plains trail.
That one books at Punda (and maybe Shingwedzi, I am not sure).
Read here about the Northern Plains trail.

Instead, in the area one can do two short 'low maintenance' routes.

The Mananga and the Madlabantu are also still open.
Well, open if the routes are dry enough to do.

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Re: quieter roads near Biyamati and Talamati accessible with

Unread postby blomflower » Tue May 22, 2012 7:40 am

DinkyBird wrote:Hi blomflower, you do not need a lot of experience.
The one near Satara is not that challenging 4x4 driving wise, it is more a case of using a 4x4 to protect the ecology.
But you do have to take a 4x4 on the Mananga Trail (Satara). read more about it here

You can only book on the day you do the trail as the rangers need to be satisfied it is not waterlogged for eg, and risk you getting stuck.
If you decide to do it, take a whole day to spend on the trail, it is well worth it.

Wow sounds just perfect - thanks so much for that link - will definitely try to do it just hope that we are allowed to with our 4 x2 rather than full 4x4 - even if we can just do part of the trail it sounds like it would be amazing....

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