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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:58 am 
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Was any indication given regarding when this trail will be opened to the public?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:59 am 
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Please let me know if there is ever place on one of those exploratory trails !!
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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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katamboega, will you be with the exploratory group on Monday? I'm dropping the guys off and picking them up again on Thursday...

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Betelgeuse wrote:
katamboega, will you be with the exploratory group on Monday? I'm dropping the guys off and picking them up again on Thursday...


Su, please have a proper 'hearing' on thursday, and then report to us. Big please: if it's allowed to be 'reported' :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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This is starting to get really tempting GS... you planning another invasion of bushwhacking Hollanders? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Let me know if you're keen on this hooligan :twisted: :twisted: coming along?....I'd be honoured to join your bunch again :wink:

As for the particular trail route, from the reports we're getting, it appears to me that either:
1. the pioneering team are still attempting to identify specific sections and combinations of route to follow, :doh: :doh: :doh: or
2. The route has been finalised, but experienced trails rangers are being used as guinea-pigs to give feedback and fine-tune certain aspects such as suitable rest / bathing locations, emergency evacuation routes, or
3. The route is already complete, and select members of the press and publicity and tourism houses are being taken through it in preparation for a large press and TV launch. (they would still need to edit their video material and complete their productions in time for the release.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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This sounds very, very exciting.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Katamboega was there.

The launch date has not been decided yet but i will tell you as soon as the bookings open for it.
The area is huge and there is no route,but we have divided the area into blocks that we will use on a rotational basis to minimise the impact.

This last trail we got dropped of in the Malalhapanga block and only did 1km before pitching camp close to a waterhole were two ellies were drinking.During the night we heard lions roaring so started tracking them in the morning from the waterhole close to our camp for about 3.5 km along the Mphongolo river until they spotted us and ran off,we gave them a rest to settle down while we were having breakfast at a beautiful pool.We continued tracking them for about 2km but gave up on stony ground around mid day.Returning to camp we packed up and headed to the Malalhapanga spring and enjoyed a bath in the warm water and camped close by.Lots of other game was sighted during the tracking
and even sign of Black rhino.

This is the type of day that you can expect (total freedom)WILDERNESS


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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I am burning to see this untouched wilderness - I found on the Olifants B P T that the litter carried by floodwaters and seeing signs of people having been there before somewhat "diluted" my longing to feel I had been in untouched wilderness .

Why trailists don't burn their used toilet paper baffles me - its unsightly and besides it is obvious that animals will dig it up and expose it .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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I will certainly want to do this when it opens to the public. I agree with Ndloti that the ORBPT has a certain element of sameness over the whole route. A change of scenery will be good. Also, having a base camp could help in enjoying the trail more than having to rush to reach base camp for that evening. I found that the small things tend to be neglected in order to reach the destination for that night.
Thanks for the update and please keep us informed

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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This sounds like a dream trail! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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yup, it does.
GS, if you organise another forum trail, please include me :)

less than 2 weeks til my ORBPT :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Did another trial run last weak in the Mooi Gesig area along the Pugwane
and it was ekselent

You should ask Betelgeuse for her comments as she was on this trail.


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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Tnx Katamboega :D

Ja, I busy with 'interrogation' right now, but Su is quite busy at the moment. But she promised :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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There's no getting away from this one hey?! :whistle: :lol:

It was such an awesome experience, I don't really know where to begin...
This trail is not everybody's cup of tea, definitely something different!

Things that are etched in my memory are:
Mooigesig dam and the amazing amount of wildlife around on day 1 - eles, buff and rhino and their interactions. The location of our camp. Listening to the sounds of the wild under the stars.

Sweating it out between the Mopani trees on day 2 and digging for water in dry river beds untill we got to the windmill. Having a rhino peep at us over the river bank and an elephant heading towards the water diggings in the river bed and smelling us in the sand (or was it that elephant bull in musth that he smelt??? :wink: ), but he decided not to hang around anyway. All those elephant sightings! Walking past Sharpe's grysbok & sleeping warthogs (they were huge!). Pitching camp under those big trees and having a swim (we were smelling like elephants by then)...

Being blessed with a cool day, we walked quite a distance since we didn't break up the camp (we took water and food for the day) and saw eland while tracking buffaloes. How cool is that - eland on foot! Whalberg's eagle, impala, kudu, warthogs, elephants and scrub hares were on our list as well.

Walking back we didn't see the large numbers of game at the dam like on day 1 (due to the cooler weather) but we had a good time observing the crocodiles, general game and birds around the water like white-backed vultures, Mosque swallows, Egyptian geese + goslings. We also came across a clean buffalo carcass and had a very ineresting, in-depth geology lesson at an erosion site.

And as it is with all good things, the trail came to an end.

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Su that sounds amazing.

Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

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