Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 3 of 5
 [ 71 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:02 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Posts: 98
Location: Knysna
Image
Marius and Obed


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:09 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Posts: 98
Location: Knysna
ImageLarge


Sundowners at Ted's Place close to Sweni Camp...


Last edited by Elsa on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:49 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Resizing pics.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:12 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:06 pm
Posts: 544
Location: Zululand
Thanks for your lovely report Diesel. It feels as if I was there too!.
Girls only?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Posts: 98
Location: Knysna
ImageLarge

Our group photo. We did a few Kruger trails now and Sweni was the most exiting. We had enough exitement to last us a lifetime...
Next year we will be doing Olifants.
If you ever do a Kruger trail, you will find it a life changing experience, it is like an addiction - you simply cannot wait for the next one....


Last edited by Elsa on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Pics resized.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:38 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Posts: 98
Location: Knysna
Hi there Bennievis

Yes we were ladies only - had lots of fun...even had our own braai at Crocodile Bridge. Had to braai with eyes watering from the smoke and make-up running but it was FUN....


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:56 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:42 pm
Posts: 7
:clap: Thanks for the report & pics Diesel!

It's lovely to see that eventhough you were all ladies & faced with many frightening encounters you still felt safe & comfortable!

A trail is on our to do list and after reading that 8 ladies can do it and have such an amazimg time I'm even more motivated!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:49 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Posts: 4954
Location: southern gauteng
Thanks for posting !
The poles of the lapa roof (where python is visible) is secured to the vertical supports just above eye level by strips of a buffalo skin which was shot to feed the the workforce who built the camp during the construction of Sweni in 1989/90 .
I have spent many pleasant days (about 25) there .

_________________
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


Last edited by ndloti on Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:57 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:13 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:13 pm
Posts: 98
Location: Knysna
Pumbaa, a VERY IMPORTANT TIP when you are planning a trail for a few people:

One should be extremely particular when choosing your group.
One difficult, unco-operative or moody person can cause a lot of conflict and spoil the atmosphere for the duration of the trail.

We had this last year.
Although the rest of the ladies tried not to involve our guide in the conflict, the "difficult" one made it very uncomfortable for him.

So, do take care when planning your trail -
I think above is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the trail: the atmosphere.
You know, if you have blisters or sunburn or a torn shirt, you can do something about it.
But a difficult person is another story and can ruin your whole trail....


Last edited by Diesel on Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:14 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Sweni
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:47 pm
Posts: 1
I just want to confirm that the Sweni Trail was one of the most exciting things I have done in my life. Walking with lions is definitely something you can not describe to someone, you have to experience it yourself. Worth every cent!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:42 pm
Posts: 2
Hi I’m one of Tersia’s Lion Ladies
(that’s what Obed, our one ranger, called us because of all the lions we saw).
This was my very first trip to Kruger and now I’m totally hooked.
It was a fantastic experience and I’m almost scared that I won’t enjoy next year (doing Olifant’s) as much as this year.
We stayed 2 nights before and after our Sweni trial and experienced so much, even load shedding just when the driver dropped us off in the parking lot of Lower Sabie after our night drive.
Do you know how scary it is in the Kruger when all lights are turned off, its pitch dark and you only know more or less in which direction the safari tent camps are?
Can’t wait for next year.

_________________
D4M


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:36 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:52 pm
Posts: 2585
Location: VEREENIGING
Hi Deidre, welcome to the forum and the trails.
We did Sweni 2 to 5 June and really enjoyed it.
Still working on my trip report5.

_________________
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
No to Legalized Rhino and Lion trade.
Done 144 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:46 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:47 pm
Posts: 10
Location: Johannesburg
I have done all the trails and going for the 2nd round.
The trails are the highlight of my year.
My fist trail was in 1999 where I got hooked and has being going on them once every year.
I will post some photo's of the other trails as well.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:29 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:35 pm
Posts: 45
Location: United Kingdom
What is the best wilderness trail to do in terms of predator sightings? Looked at Sweni for October when I will be in Kruger but seems to be fully booked, only available from after 21 November I think! :|


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:37 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Posts: 4954
Location: southern gauteng
Concerning lions ?
Either Sweni or Metsi Metsi prior to the first summer rains around October (sometimes the rain is later) , though it depends largely on availability of forage and the previous seasons rainfall -
though prey species seem to instinctively rotate their grazing patterns .
From my experiences being in the right place at the right time is the main deciding factor .
I have been on trail where we saw very little game where the trails ranger remarked that the group which he guided on the previous trail 3 days prior saw much more game .
One year in August on trail we saw plenty of general game on the first day and after a short rain shower that evening we saw perhaps half a dozen animals during a whole mornings walk - even though the wind was still and it was warm and sunny .

_________________
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Sweni Wilderness Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:58 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:47 pm
Posts: 10
Location: Johannesburg
I went on the Nyalaland Trail a couple of years back during September and I nearly died of the heat.
I will agree with "ndloti" that Sweni or Metsi-Metsi is your best option to see lions (but I cannot promise anything).
But as I said it will be VERY humid and hot in October.

Concerning the group you go with.
I've been very fortunate to have a great group of friends that love the bush as much as I do
For the past 6 years we have had the same group of friends going on these trails.
I think it is very important to know the people you go with on any trip, the trails being no exception.
I cannot think of anybody not enjoying the trails and connecting to your “roots” but hey, that’s just me.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 71 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Foxy at 18:45:49 Submitted by bosboytjie at 16:02:01 Submitted by Stampajane at 18:03:01 Submitted by stu at 13:56:07