Skip to Content

Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Discuss activities available in the Kruger National Park, and follow all the sighting reports.
User avatar
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1608
Joined: Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:11 pm
Location: Back on earth.....

Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:18 pm

Brenden wrote:But where have all the trailists gone, are they now perhaps singing a silicon song?

Breden, we are still here and I have booked the Mphongolo Backpacktrail for the third time! It is just too addictive! Going 22 - 25 July this year, so first time in winter!

Few questions:
1. I noticed it being very dry; do you think there will be still surface water aroun?d (by estimate, you know the area quite well)
2. How cold does it normally get during July on the Mphongolo trail at night my estimate is 0-5 degrees, it this correct?
3. Are all the area's accessible to walk? (have done Phona Hill area, Zare Windmill and Boomplaas/Phungwane river area. The latter I found extremely beautiful!

We are a big group (8 persons) and I have managed to get a lot of 'bakpack virgins' with, and we all can't wait! Extremely excited :D

Any nice stories of recent trails? Especially curious to stories about the sounds at night etc...
Tambotie 20 July, Shipandane Birdhide 21 July, Mphongolo Backpack Trail 22 -25 July, Tzendze 26 July, and Greater Limpopo National Park 27 -29 July :D

User avatar
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22199
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:38 pm

This trail is right near the top of my bucket list. Soon, soon ... :pray:

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)

User avatar
A Free Living Guide
Posts: 16
Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:24 am
Location: Hoedspruit

Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread postby A Free Living Guide » Thu May 07, 2015 10:03 pm

Ive just come off back to back Mphongolo trails.
We had some interesting experiences :D

Two of my guests got engaged in the middle of the dry Phugwane river bed one evening at sunset, what a beautiful place to pop the question… :k

One night while sitting around a small campfire we had an Elle bull in mhust walk past our tents in the darkness.
We couldn't see him, but the breez was right and we could smell him.
He drank for a long time in the river bed close to our camp and we listened to his breathing and the gallons of water pouring out of his trunk and down his throat... He was that close.
We watched him in the moonlight as he walked up the dry riverbed past our camp.
A massive animal moving slowly and deliberately in the moonlight.
He disappeared slowly into the darkness, as quietly as he had arrived…

Wilderness is such a special place, and it is such a privilege to be in it!

Walk quietly, but carry a big stick...

User avatar
Posts: 13190
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread postby Elsa » Thu May 07, 2015 11:00 pm

Sounds just magical!
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

Kruger - 22nd May - 5th June 2015

Return to “KNP Activities & Sightings”