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 Post subject: Re: Advice on Metsi Metsi Trail
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:08 pm 
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It's a wonderful trail!

I did it towards the end of May this year.

Saw white rhino several times fairly close by (had to hide behind bushes a few times while rangers guarded us with their rifles). Also came close to elephants, giraffes and saw a leopard dart into a bush very close to us, ie less than 10 metre away.

The biggest surprise - and shock - was coming back to our camp on foot on the second day, and almost about to climb over the metal pole "stairs" into the camp next to the Hide, when suddenly the Rangers stopped dead-still, cocked their rifles and signalled to us. A few meters away, almost in touching distance, 4 lions stood up in the long grass and scurried away! Thank goodness they were more scared of us than we were of them, but we hadn't really had time to get scared, it all happened so quickly. A few members of our group had quick enough reflexes to get photos, but I didn't. Though the memory is burned into my mind forever.

Another highlight of that trail was going for an evening drive to a scenic spot for sundowners, and my brother (who I was travelling with) spotted some movement in the bush. It turned out to be 2 black mambas mating. What an exotic dance it was, entwined and slithering around for a long time until we lost sight of them as they disappeared into the bush. The trail rangers were so excited as they had never seen anything like this before.

You'll have a wonderful time - so jealous that I can't join you! It's also really not strenuous if you have a normal sort of level of fitness.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on Metsi Metsi Trail
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:51 am 
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Thank you for your thrilling story's. They don't scare us of. On the contrary, with every new post we get more and more excited. It's good to read that the trail gives one a true wilderness experience and with a little luck some extraordinary events.
We have still vivid memories of a trail in 2001 in Umfolozi Wilderness Area, when on day one 2 white rhino's took a run at us and the rangers shouted them away just 10-20 m before they would reach us. We sincerely hope never to experience though, that shooting is necessary. It would be a shame and feel us very guilty and selfish.
And Pufki.... availability is stil there for 11-9.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail - Raad asb?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:32 pm 
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Stellie , I can answer in Afrikaans , but the moderators will object as the official forum language is English .
I will translate your questions as well as possible ...

Ek het n paar vragies... ASB help?

A few questions .. please help ?

Vragie 1
Presies hoe werk dit? ek sien die basiskamp is Skukuza en neem aan die veldwagter laai my af by die Metsi kamp. Is daar net een kamp op die roete? Wat ek wil weet is, kom jy elke dag terug na dieselfde kamp toe? Loop jy vanuit die kamp en dan kom jy vanaand terug of gaan laai hulle jou erens in die veld af?

Question 1

How does it work precisely ? I see the base camp (actually the meeting point) is Skukuza and the trails ranger will take us to Metsi Metsi camp ? Is there only 1 camp on trail ? Do we return to the same camp after the days walks ?

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The Metsi Metsi trail departs from Skukuza , where you park your car , report to reception , meet the trails officers and then depart in a Sanparks open safari vehicle for the trails camp which is a few km east of Tshokwane .
At the base camp there are four A frame huts with 2 beds in each with bedding (sheets & blankets & pillows) as well as 2 ablution units with gas heated showers and flush toilets . There is a camp kitchen where a cook prepares tasty wholesome meals for the trailists .
Day walks are undertaken from her , a morning walk of about 5 hrs and a more leisurely afternoon walk of about 3 hours - often incorporating a sunset drive thereafter.

Vragie 2.
Kos, moet ons niks kos saamvat nie? ek sien mens kan extra water vat? Dalk n Camelback?

Q 2
Regarding food ? Do we have to take our own food ? We can take extra water with us ? Perhaps a Camelback ?

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All the food is provided . You may bring your own snacks and food provided there is space to store them , rodents etc. make short work of unprotected foodstuffs . There is little need to bring your own food unless you have specific dietary requirements , and your own snacks may be usefull if you have a high metabolism , and provided there is space in camp / and you can carry them in your daypack , though I personally have never had any requirement therefore .
Before departure on the morning walks coffee / tea & rusks are provided . Sanparks provides a picnic lunch on the morning walk usually consisting of Provita , sausage (wors) cheese , fresh and or dried fruit , nuts etc. which the trailists carry in daypacks which are also provided . There is drinkable water on tap in camp , but those spoiled city mallwalkers used to bottled water should bring their own supply which can be carried in the daypack . Remember there is no electricity , so hairdryers , TV sets etc are of no use , likewise there is no cell phone reception (cellphones and music I- pods , loud talking etc are explicitly forbidden , in fact the trails officer should insist they are left in your car at Skukuza .)
On returning from the morning walk a brunch usually consisting of eggs , bacon or sausage , toast is provided , as well as an evening meal of chicken or beef stew or braaied meat .


Vragie 3.
Die area waar mens stap, ek wil graag die Metsi gaan stap om tot by die boom te kom waar Wolhuter die leeu doodgesteek het, dis my droom, en as hulle nie daar stop nie kan ek maar net so wel die Sweni gaan stap. My vragie is dus, gaan hulle my tot by die boom en gedenkplaat vat?

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Will we be able to walk to the Wolhuter memorial where Wolhuter stabbed & killed the lion ? If not , I could just as well walk the Sweni trail ...

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The trails officer may on request take you there by vehicle from which a walk may be undertaken in the general area , subject to the area being on the rotational schedule , no fires occuring, etc .
The memorial is along a tourist road , thus according to Sanparks procedure you may not be seen on foot by tourists in vehicles , so the chances of walking to the site are probably zero , as it possibly encourages visitors to get out of their cars .

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Die Dierelewe….. my ander droom is op leeus te voet te kry. dink jy dis n moontlikheid of sal die Sweni beter dien?

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Animal life ... another of my dreams is to see lions on foot , is there a possibility of this on Metsi Metsi , and is there a greater liklihood of this on the Sweni trail ?

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There is a good chance of lion sightings on foot on both the Metsi or the Sweni , I have seen them on both trails , though there is no guarantee on either , as it depends on many factors , rainfall , vegetation , natural game movement , as well as a large proportion of luck !

I hope I have been of assistance , Stellie ! Feel free to PM me (as you have done before) for more info !
In closing , I would recommend the Metsi Metsi above the Sweni !

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail - Raad asb?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:52 pm 
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To me the Metsi-Metsi was very good.
Remember to take something cool as a sundowner, and also to have around the camp fire and also during the day while in camp, (not necessarily alcoholic, having a hangover on a trail I can imagine will be terrible) while listening to the Night Jars and the Jackals and the distant Kings confirming their territory.

Ice is plentiful, there is enough storage/cooling facilities.

Would you be so kind as to pass on our regards to the two Leopards we saw on our trail and also to the Civet that visits the Camp. maybe the territorial Lion will again come to check if the gate is secure and also my wife Lanette's regards to the two resident Scopsies in camp.

Just maybe the 8 old Bulls will come to the waterhole just outside the camp and you could spend a few hours watching their performance from the hide - oh how I envy you :) :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail - Raad asb?
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Stellie , more advice , leave your watch in camp by your bedside .

Enforce strict silence at breakfast stops so you can take in the sounds of birds , wind through the grass , perhaps a far off elephant rumble , a breaking branch , fighting rhino , the soft "umh" of lion communicating ...

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi metsi???
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hi all

It is fine to go on your own, I did as SO thinks he has walked enough in his life. Metsi Metsi is one of the better trails (methinks), lots of game including predators, nearly stepped on a sleeping lion while following mixed herd of zebra's and wildebeast. Looked for spiders and other night things in the camp, saw rhino at the waterhole from the verandah where you have meals and chats. (Nyalaland is my favourite trail. lots of birds). Bushman's was Ok, other's probably have different opinions.


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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Wilderness Trail
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Near the entrance to Metsi Metsi trails camp soon after completion in Sept (?) 1988 , note the new yellow thatch , vegetation in the camp is vary bare compared with present . Kitchen building is closest in the picture , 2 trailists huts to the left - one is cut off on the edge of the image , the other 2 trailists huts - one of which is obscured - to the right with the lapa in the centre .

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1988 . The single shower on the left (there are double facilities now - toilet to the right) - buckets of hot water had to be carried up the ladder and added to the tapped cold water in the dustbin .

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1988 . On a morning walk in one of the parallel north/south running river gorges towards the eastern boundary , we heard the rumbling growl of a lion , this lioness was holed up with her newborn cubs in a cave in the side of the gorge , we beat a carefull retreat . When she heard our approach from some 100 metres she stood up growling , her cubs mewed at the loss of their food source ...

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1989 (?) One of the pools in the north / south gorges , the easterly flowing Nwaswitsontso river at the base of the distant hills .

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 Post subject: Metsi Metsi Trail Stuff to Bring?
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Hi,

I'm unable to locate a list of stuff to bring for the Metsi Metsi Trail. Some stuff is obvious but is there a suggested packing list?

Do we need sleeping bags and mats?

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail Stuff to Bring?
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Hello there . Look under wilderness trails (Parks A-Z then Kruger then look at the bottom of the page and click on wilderness trails )
But the trails are fully equipped with proper beds and all linen and towels supplied. there is a shower and flush toilet. All food is supplied
Clothing and personal stuff
Enough clothes for the three Nights. No bright colours or white . Beige and khakie are the best
Nice comfy walking boots. Sun hat Mozzie repellent And you must bring your own drinks They supply tea and coffee. Not too many alcohlic drinks either.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail Stuff to Bring?
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Hi Tietter :D here is a link to the info wilderness trails

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi Trail Stuff to Bring?
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I would take a few bags of good wood for the fireside in case as I last experienced on Metsi , the bagged wood that was supplied was of a poor quality and insufficient in our case .

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 Post subject: Metsi Metsi camp, what to bring?
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Hello forumites,

In 3 weeks time we will start the Metsi Metsi Trail. We're very excited about it all and have a practical question: do we leave most of our luggage in Skukuza in our rented car and bring just what we need for 3 days to the trail?
We are told to bring our own beer and wine! So that point is settled.

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 Post subject: Re: Metsi Metsi camp, what to bring?
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Hello Daffy,
The huts are small, so the more you leave behind in your car, the better.
Wine for the sundowners is an excellent idea :thumbs_up:
Coffee and tea is available the whole day, but all the other drinks you have to provide for yourself. Same applies for your in between snacks/fruit etc.
Flashlight is a must.
Insect repellent and sunblock too. I suppose you know about clothes and shoes. Your own toiletries should be handy, one towel a person for your entire stay is provided.
Do not forget your :cam: and binoculars.
Enjoy!!!


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 Post subject: Tales from the Trails
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Hi to all 'mites :hello:

Our Wilderness Adventure trails allow our more adventurous guests up-close and personal encounters within the Kruger Park by exploring the unspoiled wilderness on foot. We have asked Steven Oosthuizen, the Olifants trail ranger to share some of his exhilarating stories from the trail… We hope to provide you with regular insights into his everyday life and thus allow you to share in the excitement.


Chased by a rhino on a foot safari:
View the video of this exhilarating incident and story here.:

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My first Pangolin encounter by Steven Oosthuizen :)

My first Pangolin encounter happened on the morning of the 2nd of November 2009 conducting a Metsi Metsi trail. We had a group consisting of two French, two German and two South African guests.

Myself and Phillip Gumede, my trusted trail colleague and assistant, started the first morning walking from our camp heading north towards the Lindanda area. We followed a well-used game path along a small grano fight ridge called Nwana nwhamrirwa.

Not far from the camp, we found two old buffalo bulls we call Dagga boys, as they are old and spend many hours lazing in the mud. “Dagga” being a Zulu word for mud. As we were watching the buffalo deciding how we could approach them, I heard something move in the grass just next to us. Phillip was worried it might be a honey badger and stood back. This is very understandable as honey badgers are probably the most ferocious animals in relation to their size. I decided to cautiously approach and see what it was.

As I walked towards it I saw a shiny brown body and immediately realised it was a Pangolin. Later the guests would describe to me the “Pangolin dance” I treated them to as I was so excited. I called Phillip and the guests over. Phillip was also very happy but I could see that the guests, both international and local, were surprised by our excitement as they did not realise what a special sighting this was. Obviously I took many photos, as I touched this creature. It was a very special and spiritual moment for me.

The Pangolin at first lay still, stretched out. We could all see its face and feel the hard smooth scales that so efficiently protects its body. After some time I had to pick him up and slowly move him onto his side and the pangolin curled up into a tight impenetrable ball. I was amazed at how well he could protect himself and secondly how heavy he was. I’m sure most of the weight is the scales but he must have weighed at least 20 kg.

After many photos and lots of kisses from mostly me, we left him in the grass and moved off. It was definitely a day I would never forget and a highlight of my time walking in Kruger.


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