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Re: Bushman's ve as a result

Unread postby ndloti » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:27 pm

One usually returns to the tourist camp at around 9 am .
I have been accomodated on the trails due to cancellations , keep checking the status or perhaps email the administrators listed on the links provided , I have been successfiul in this regard .
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Re: Backpack trails

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:41 pm

Click on Reservations, then Availability, Kruger, and at bottom Wilderness trails. Then you can find a monthly calendar of availability on the trails.

I did it in a semi-official capacity so did not book in the normal way. You may need to actually phone or email rather than book online.

Mphongolo at the moment is very hot and dry. Olifants will be the same, and is hard going with lots of ups and downs and sandy underfoot.
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Re: Backpack trails

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:51 pm

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Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread postby janitha » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:15 am

Hi all,

Me and my friends will be doing the Wilderness Trail (Metsi Metsi trail) early next month and were wondering if we should be bringing sleeping bags, or will beds/sheets be provided by the camp?

While on the same subject, anything else that's a good idea to bring?


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Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:04 am

Hi Janitha, you don't need sleeping bags for the conventional trails, in actual fact, you will be thoroughly spoilt with a very comfortable beds, crisp linen and delicious food.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

Sleeping bags are only needed for the wilderness walking trails.
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Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread postby gjorgi » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:16 am

Hi Janitha,

I did the Metsi-Metsi in May and I can assure you there is no need for a sleeping bag or any linen etc. You'll love it!! They treat you almost like royalty and the whole experience is just amazing!!!

Enjoy!!! :mrgreen:

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Re: Which Wilderness Trail?

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:57 pm

Hi and welcome to the forums, HB :D

You could read Wilderness Trails-General Advice and on the KNP Activities & Sightings Index page, you will find topics on specific trails.

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What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?

Unread postby BarbMc » Sat May 04, 2013 12:39 pm

Hi All,

We are visiting KNP for the first time in July - sooo excited as the time approaches. We're travelling from the UK and staying just outside the park for the first few days and have booked onto Bushmens wilderness trail for 24/7. At the moment ours (3 of us) is the only booking, leaving 5 spaces. I've read elsewhere on the forum that a minimum number of 4 is needed for the trail to go ahead. Can anyone confirm that this is the case? What happens if the number isn't reached? has anyone had a trail cancelled for this reason? I'm a bit worried as there is a very limited availability of other accomodation for these dates and there they'll be less as time goes on.......
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Re: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?

Unread postby MarkusF » Sun May 05, 2013 2:39 pm

Hi BarbMc,

We haven't done a wilderness trail before. But I believe it will work the same way as when a booking is made for example as for an night drive or sunset drive. If the required number of participants are not met, the activity will not continue. We have found for drives they are not always strict on this policy but it may differ from park to park. (Not sure for wilderness trails) If you have paid a deposit or in full for the trail and it doesn't commence, I'm sure that you will not forfeit the amount that you have already paid.

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Re: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 06, 2013 1:30 pm

I do not think for a moment you will be left in the lurch BarbMc.

If it is cancelled, it would greatly inconvenience you as overseas visitors, and that would result in adverse publicity, and loss of revenue to Kruger.

If Joep Stevens sees this thread I'm sure he will put your mind at rest.

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Tipping on trails

Unread postby Sookie » Mon May 13, 2013 8:17 pm

Am doing one of the 3 night trails soon and was wondering what the tipping etiquette is for guides and camp staff. Thanks for any input you can give.

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Re: Tipping on trails

Unread postby Elsa » Tue May 14, 2013 10:32 am

I think it s a pretty individual thing, if you feel you received great service and would like to give the guides a tip, then do so.

More on Tipping in general here.
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3 Day Walk

Unread postby seancscully » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:05 pm


I'm looking for some feedback on the three day walks from the rest camps. Which ones are the best and I know they leave on Sundays and Wednesdays but at what time? I assume you can leave you car and gear somewhere and go with a smaller pack? Do they provide mosquito nets?

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Re: 3 Day Walk

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:59 am


They tend to depart at 2pm or 3pm depending on the trail.

There is no "best" one, as each one has its own attraction.

You leave your vehicle and excess baggage in a rest camp and depart by game viewing vehicle from there.

You get two types of trails:

The first uses a base camp in which you sleep. Guests walk circle routes and sleep in the same camp for three nights. They are fully equipped with huts, beds and nets. Catering is done by a staff member.

The second type is the back pack routes which does not utilise a base camp. Here you supply and carry all you need, including your own tent and food.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Inri » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:15 pm

Hi all,

I booked the Metsi Metsi for september. Does anyone know if there are a lot of mosquitos in this area in september, I can imagine it depends of the distance of the camp to the river, does anyone know the situation? Are the mosquito nets OK? Or better take your own?

How many luggage can you take with you to the camp? Is your car with the luggage you don't use safe at the departing point?

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