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Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:50 pm

How easy/possible is it to request specific guides when booking a backpack trail?
Would you choose a specific guide, or just go for 'the luck of the draw'?
If I am able to request specific guides, who would you recommend? (and why?)
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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread postby Phokojwe » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi Josh

You can send an email to Tshepo Mathebula (tshepo.mathebula@sanparks.org) and Bridget Bagley (bridget.bagley@sanparks.org).

The trail allocation for guides usually happens in the 2nd week of January each year. So if you have a reservation before this you can just mail them with your reservation number.

It would be best also to check with the guide you are requesting if they are available for that specific date for the trail in question, especially if this is after the trails have been allocated to the guides for the year.

If you don't mind you can "go for the luck of the draw" :lol: Generally all the guides I have come across are great.

Personally I have built a relationship with Jannie Jurgens over the years and we are good friends and keep in regular contact even when I am not in the park.
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread postby Phokojwe » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:59 pm

We spoke to our guide about this when we did the ORBT and generally it is not allowed.
I think this case was an exception for whatever reasons..
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:18 pm

It is not allowed in Kruger itself on their trails. I have done it in greater Kruger though.....
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:44 am

I recall reading a report that a group on the Mphongholo BPT (?) camped outside of their tents in the open against a large anthill or similar earthen feature which provided protection from the rear .
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am

As the safety of hikers is of major importance, all participants have to bring tents and sleep in them every night while they are walking the trail.

Copied from the information for the Mphongholo Trail.......the same applies to the other 2 trails.
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:58 pm

Sleeping out in the open is a definate no no. Even sleeping in a tent with the door open is dangerous. A week before we arrived at third bridge in Moremi Botswana, a boy aged 9 was killed by a hyena. He left the door open because he wanted to take pictures of the prowling hyenas. He fell asleep and a hyena charged in and killed the boy.

I have read travel reports by hunters from the early 1800s that trekked with oxen through the interior. In the book is a gruesome story of a labourer that slept next to the wagon. A hyena came and bit a huge chunk out of the man's face. He was maimed for life.
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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread postby shrew » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:00 pm

I recently did the Mphongolo Trail with Jannie Jurgens and Marina Visser, they are great guides and I will reccomend them anytime. I am doing the lonely bull next year and will request these two to guide us. I discussed it with them and they said it is possible to book them in advance.

Look forward to my next trail with these two, and think any other trailers will do well to request them

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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread postby Bundi » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:40 am

It is possible to request your guides and I did so again with Mphongolo which finished this past Saturday and have already discussed my dates for Lonely Bull and Olifants with them for next year.

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Re: best wilderness trails in May

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:55 am

Hi Juno, I have done trails twice in May and would highly recommend that time of year. Each trail has magic, so I think it will be a matter of availability.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby sharky74 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Forgive me for asking a question that I’m sure has been asked a thousand times. But I’m having a nightmare of a time trying to book the Olifants trail for Nov 23rd. I have a Sanparks login but cannot find the Wilderness trails online to book. I have sent an email to reservations@sanparks.com but no reply yet. I did the Sweni trail last year and loved it, but had no trouble booking it. Please help!
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Oryx » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:29 pm

Juno, each trail is unique so take your pick. I agree with others that it will depend on availability. Weatherwise, late May is great but then I also like August when it is dry and the days are not too hot yet. An experienced trail ranger who interacts well with the group is an important aspect.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:43 pm

Sharky, not sure why you are having a problem booking the trail?

Did you use the address given in # 12 Here

Otherwise you can maybe try This booking form and see if it helps.

Let me know if you are still having trouble and I will see what I can do further.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Phokojwe » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:09 pm

Hi sharky74

Are you looking to book the Olifants Wilderness Trail?
http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ifants.php
or the Olifants Backpack Trail
http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ifants.php


You can try booking via the online form here for the Wilderness Trails http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ooking.php
or the email address reservationsspecialised@sanparks.org
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby sharky74 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:43 am

Thanks Elsa and Phokojwe for the information. I have requested the Olifants trail through both means you highlighted, now fingers crossed for a reply. The email address I had previously tried but no response, so will see how i go this time. As for the online system I can get into no worries, and book camps easily but simply cannot find the link to the trails bookings. So thank you for that link as well. Now just waiting for confirmation of a reserved spot for the trail so i can book camps for the other days, and get flights sorted. Very frustrating waiting as there are some perimeter spots available on some camps, but only one left. Hope i don’t miss out!

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