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Olifants Wilderness Trail

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Ingylion » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:28 pm

Yes, we are doing the Wilderness Trail staying in huts, and not the Backpackers Trail which is for the comments, regards Ingy

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:25 pm

Olifants Wilderness Trail :

KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Ingylion » Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:44 pm

Thanks for the comments...will take note of suitable ATS's for any river crossings!!
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:25 am

Ingylion wrote:Thanks for the comments...will take note of suitable ATS's for any river crossings!!
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The river crossings ej mentioned are on the backpack trail, no river crossings on the Wilderness Trail as far as I know?
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Riverrat » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:12 am

The WILDERNESS trail stays in A-Frame Huts and you walk along or near the Olifants River and trails guide Steven might also you for excursions down to the Bangu river.. It all depends on what anti-poaching operations are active in what areas at that time.

You should not be worried about any water-crossings: at worst you will stand in 5cm deep water.

What I found on most trails I've been on was that guests under-catered for themselves in the way of liquid refreshments, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Budget on at least 4 beers or breezers an evening and about another 4 liquid-fruits or soft-drinks per evening. Olifants Valley can get VERY hot: on my last trip there in October 2 years ago we had 46 degrees each day but that was an exception.
The camp staff do bring lots of ice and there is a large gas-operated freezer for drinks.

1. ... bring Tabard or peaceful sleep and apply it to your neck and forehead before each walk: it keeps the flies away when you're walking.
2. Ladies shouldn't wear lycra leggings.. every seed in Africa gets stuck in them and you'll have to dump them.
3. If you can get short canvas gaiters from Outdoor warehouse, they keep all the seeds and thorns out of your socks during the walks;
4. Take a sweater in the vehicle when you go out for drives.. a moving open vehicle can get really chilly in the late evening or early morning.
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby sharky74 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:21 am

Hi fellow forumites,

I'm doing the Olifants wilderness trail very soon and very excited. I'll be there from Nov 23-26th this month, and just thought I'd check if any other forumites might be on the same one. I did my first wilderness trail last year at Sweni and it was incredible. I honestly don't think I could go to Kruger (coming from Australia) now and not do at least one, it was that good.

Anyway just wanted to send the message out and see if anyone else here might be joining me :-)


I may not be from Africa, but since my first visit a part of me always remains there. Can’t wait for the next trip, which will be the 10th

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