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 Post subject: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:34 am 
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i've done the otter, done parts of outeniqua trail, im doing kranshoek and harkerville/sinclair soon. now there's this trail called the dolphin trail, which is 17km long, and costs more than R4000 per person to do. it is a beautiful trail ( i spoke to people who walked it), but obviously with that price tag, it can only be done by the elite/millionaires.
this is a major rip off. i understand the grounds are owned by the fernery and another company, but it would have been great if there were a one day cheaper option without needing someone to carry my bag.
anyone else feel the same?


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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:48 am 
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Hi jxharding,

Please correct me if I am wrong, but the Dolphin Trail is not one run by SANParks is it?

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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:08 am 
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Correct DB, it is not Sanparks and more slack packing, rather than back packing. It is a luxury trail and aimed at those who desire a little less " pain and strain".

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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:36 am 
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I have seen Dolphin trail brochures displayed at Sanparks Storms River Mouth reception/shop .
jxharding , re Otter trail - I may have read that one can arrange for your backpacks to be transported to prearranged points close by the overnight huts ?

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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:47 pm 
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http://www.saplaces.co.za/cgi-bin/home?id=13

Tour Description
The Dolphin Trail constitutes three partners; The Tsitsikamma National Park, Misty Mountain Reserve and The Fernery at Forest Ferns.

The two day trail covers a distance of 17km along the pristine Tsitsikamma coastal belt, a narrow plateau
sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

All baggage is portered to the overnight destinations, allowing hikers of all ages to experience the unrivalled beauty of the wilderness area on foot. The three nights are spent in 4 star, luxury accommodation, beginning at the Storms River Mouth, winding its way eastward, through natural fynbos, under pristine indigenous forest, over rugged
rocks at the ocean's edge, and ending at the Sanddrift River.
Hikers have stunning views of the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline and the chances of spotting whales,
dolphins and the occasional otter are good.

En route, many birds including the gorgeous Knysna Loerie
(turaco) can be heard and spotted while hiking through the forest, and the endangered Oystercatcher is often to be seen on the shoreline. Swimming and snorkelling in the rock pools is possible at the discretion of the guides


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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:10 pm 
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Jxharding, thanks for the link. I suppose it is co-run by SANParks due to its partnership.

It looks like a great trail for those who can afford it and I suppose they may as well cater for them! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: dolphin trail only for elite
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:55 pm 
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almal is so vriendelik, en ek wou aanvanklik almal net *** vertel.
anyway, ek pas aan, ek is ook nou n vriendelike ou.

everbodys so friendly here, im also becoming a friendly oak now :)


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