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 Post subject: Nonokani Adventure Trail
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:22 pm 
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Nonokani - Translates to 'Drive Slowly. From a little east of close to Masorini picnic site, 14 km from Phalaborwa Gate, this route meanders southward through mopane / bushwillow woodlands to Reënvoël Dam, an ideal spot for breakfast if you make an early start. The route then continues towards and along the Olifants River where lunch can be eaten at any of the two viewpoints of the river itself. White rhino middens indicate the presence of these enormous animals in the area. Look out for the many pure-white rock outcrops in the rugged Olifants River Bushveld. The trail eventually ends once past Sable Dam.

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August 2008

The day dawned without a cloud in the sky – perfect to tackle the adventure trail. We ensured we left Letaba as the gates opened with extra water, emergency kit and picnics packed. By the time we had gotten to Phalaborwa Gate, booked in for the trail and turned off the tar road, it was just after 8am.

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Once a few kilos into the veld away from the rest of the world, we stopped to enjoy coffee and rusks – adhering to the rules on the pamphlet supplied to us. A few meters off impala enjoyed their brekkie too!

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For us, the excitement of going deep into the veld ‘away from it all’ was all that mattered – if we saw animals, that would be a bonus.

So after a few kilos on the trail we were thrilled to come across a fresh kudu carcass. An eagle was feeding on it and a single vulture. As they heard the vehicle they flew up and perched in a nearby tree. I scanned the area carefully for the predator. We spent some time there, just watching as more vultures arrived and as a cheeky raven acted like he owned the whole kill, showing off with the vultures every now and again. After we realised the vultures were not going to come down while we were there, we moved on.

Soon after, to our right another carcass - this time an older one of a buffalo.

Reenvoel Dam was lovely – and no other humans around!!! Again a reason for more coffee and muffins this time. While standing, just enveloped by the silence, we suddenly heard a loud splashing ... ellies! To the left, a breeding herd had come to the stream to drink. How wonderful to watch this from the safe vantage point of the dam wall.

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I did the driving – my navigator ... well he decided he was rather a camera man that day ... so along we drove, happily enjoying our time in the bush until I noticed looking ahead that the road went on east for a heck of a long way along the powerlines :? Time to consult the map – oops ... we were not suppose to be there. Checked gps and way points, turned around and back tracked to the correct turnoff. (Hint keep a close eye on the printed instructions of the route – there are only two markers along the route)

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The trail dips through a very scenic watercourse – where we found a herd of buffalo.

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Lunch was had at the view point over the Olifants River. Four kudu males welcomed us to the area ... and in the riverbed below was a pod of hippo.

Trying to write here of the experience of being the only two people on the banks of the Olifants for many kms around can do it no justice.

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The trail then hugs the Olifants River for a couple of kms before turning north again.

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We stopped to watch a Double banded sandgrouse pair with their chicks – what a special sighting that was!

The trail was about 5km from the end – both SO and I were very relaxed. Just enjoying the scenery, when suddenly, there in front of us, right next to the track was a lion pair. We stopped and spent the next hour and a half with this mating pair.

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We had to leave if we were going to make camp before gates closed....

After passing opposite Sable bird hide, the trail ends.

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By all accounts, we were the only folk on the trail that day. What a blessing to have been able to spend 8 hours in Kruger, just Hawk and me, on the Nonokani Trail.

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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Nice, super nice :D
is special to see Sable dam hide on an other side :wink: the day I was over there, they are several hundred of elephants, right where you are :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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Thanks DB, I am so enjoying your trails reports as SO and I are hoping to do some of them next year. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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What an experience!!
It is on my To-do list definitly for next year!!

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DB, thank you for that most special report.

Have you ever thought of joining the Sanparks marketing and sales team? That report makes me want to jump into my "Trusted Beauty" and hit the road.

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Great report, DB :clap:
We love this trail but have to admit we also did the 'wrong way' thing :redface:
Love the lion pics :D


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Beautiful report of a special piece of Kruger I think. Thanks for sharing :lol:

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Great photos. And you've inspired me to the trail next time in the area. Thank you :D

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WONDERFUL report. Great photos. Thanks so much! :clap:

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Lovely photos.. makes me homesick. Thanks for sharing DB and Hawk. Will definately do this trail one day.

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Magic report DB

Thanks for sharing your experiences, I have already been "informed" by Swambo that we WILL be doing this. Who am I to argue? Just proves that not all 4X4 owners are the irresponsible nature destroying idiots that we are labeled and that if there is a choice between tar or tranquility we have the better part.

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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Hi DB,

Can you tell me more about the trail please? How much does it cost and do you sleep over on the trail? Do you need a 4x4 vehicle or can you do it with a normal vehicle?

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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Have a look Here Alf, for some good info on all the trails. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail
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Hi Alf,

We paid R490 for the trail and R100 deposit we had to go back to collect once we had done the trail. And imo - worth every cent.

These are day trails. One can only book them from specific offices on the day you wish to do the trail. And you may only do them with a 4x4. Not because they are particularly difficult, but to preserve the ecology.

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mmm, wonder if they will allow a 4x2 x-trail?


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