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Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:12 pm

This thread seems to have dissappeared , but if not so , Mods please merge .

I will be there in September and have not been there since 2001 , and has anyone info as to how much the river level has risen since the sluice gates in the Massingir dam were recommissioned , and have the rocks where one could previously cross the river on foot been submerged ?
Has the crocodile die off in the immediate camp area ceased , if there are any left ?
Any unusuall trail sightings of late ?
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Katamboega » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:31 pm

The sighting are excellent as always and the river is still high because of the good rains higher up in the catchment. At the moment there is no effect of the dam except maybe silt deposits that weren't there 5 years ago bit all the old rapids will be passable later in the season.The Crocs are doing well and there has been no unnatural die of in the last couple of months.

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:21 pm

Thanks Katamboega .
This camp is well placed , so well that I can't identify it on Google earth .
I hope to arrange a walk down Bangu gorge when next on trail there in Sept .
Dr Ian Player rated Bangu gorge as one of the most beautifull locations in the all the worlds wilderness areas he had visited .
I tend to agree , having had the opportunity to be there a good 15 years ago .
But I could say the same of Mangake valley in Wolhuter trails area , also of the plateau near Nyalaland base camp , the far south eastern end of Metsi , the view from the koppies on Bushmans , Sweni plains in summer , the Mlambane river bed on Napi , ... in fact all areas in the spectacular wilderness .
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:18 pm

Who has been walking here lately ?
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Riverrat » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:26 am

I was there on 10 October... water level was very low and the daily temperatures hit 46 in the shade! Game viewing was very good, but although there were a lot of fresh leopard and lion spoor, we didn't see or hear them.
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Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Ingylion » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:48 pm

Hi, In 2 week's time we are doing the above trail. We are just so excited we are beside ourselves. Does anyone know whether there is any on-going poaching activity in the area? Also any tips and tricks for this trail will be very welcome. :D
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:52 pm

Hi Ingylion,
I am sure the guides who conduct the trail will be aware of any problems and keep you safe. :thumbs_up:
and also lots of info and advice Wilderness Trails FAQ
Good luck and enjoy the trail. :D
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Ingylion » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:14 pm

Thank you

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:36 pm

I did this trail in July. Had a great time! Be prepared for a possible river crossing at the beginning and end of the trail......you will walk through the river barefoot unless you have crocs or similar with you, and the bed is stony!

Carry as little as possible to make walking easier. On this trail you are next to the river so getting water is easy, just need purification tablets or drops.

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:31 am

ej, isn't the Wilderness trail hutted, in a camp? (As opposed to the backpack trail).
I've always wondered why the Wilderness Trails are called wilderness, when they're really not (nowadays at least, I know some of the history of the trails)
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:08 pm

There is no Olifants wilderness trail......it is the Olifants backpack trail, so yes carry everything.
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:17 pm

My apologies
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:24 pm

EJ, I want to differ from you............

Olifants trail in huts

Olifants River Back Pack Trail no huts
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:02 pm

Seems I may be wrong. Sorry. Just have not heard of the Olifants trails camp at all. Will ask around about it.
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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:20 pm

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