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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:26 am 
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Ndloti, I've checked, it's gonna be impossible for me to do so :| BUT i do intend to walk it ASAP 8) Public holidays don't look too favourbale :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:44 pm 
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GS , Joshilewis , lets put our minds together , what about planning for the first trail of 2010 - 1 April ?

Getting leave might be sticky, but I'd be interested in trying to organise it. There might also be some Jewish holidays round then which could be a problem. I'll look into it and get back to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:24 pm 
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The Mphongolo Trackers are booked May 02 - 04, 2010!!
Could I be the first forumite to go on the trail apart from the reccies by others? :tongue:
Really, really looking forward.
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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:10 pm 
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damn, beat us to it! :)
I think you might definitely be the first 'mite to book, but the trail starts 1 April, so maybe we'll be able to get there before you :P

Can we start nagging you now for a trip report? (I guess I shouldn't since I still haven't done my own)

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:37 pm 
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I'm a bit confused about something: The press release states that the first backpack trail will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays. The press release also states that the first trail will depart on 1 April 2010. 1 April 2010 is a Thursday, not a Wednesday. Will the first trail depart on a Thursday, i.e. Thursday 1 April 2010, or will it depart on Wednesday 31 March 2010?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:49 pm 
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The wording on the website has now changed:
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The trail stretches over 4 days and three nights, with departures every Wednesday and Sunday between 1 February and 30 November.


Further down the page, the text is still the original:
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Bookings can be made through Bridget Bagley email: bridgetb@sanparks.org or Tel: +27 (0)12 426-5117 or alternatively Hesther Van Den Berg hestherv@sanparks.org at the same number as of 1 November 2009 although the first trail will only depart on 1 April 2010.


Can anyone confirm whether the trail will in fact run from 1 Feb to 30 Nov?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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This year the trail is only open from April 1. Maybe it is meant to start in February in the future.

93 Days to go! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Eugene123 wrote:
This year the trail is only open from April 1. Maybe it is meant to start in February in the future.

That's what we were told last year. Maybe they've changed it for this year?

Eugene123 wrote:
93 Days to go! :wink:

Nice.
Got any open spaces? :P

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Not at present, but will let you know if someone cancels

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Eugene123 wrote:
Not at present, but will let you know if someone cancels


Eugene 123 - I did not get to do the recce .
Please put me on your list as well Eugene123 !

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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How about a forum trail from Wed 27 April (Freedom Day) to Sun 1 May (Workers' Day) in 2011?

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:37 pm 
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I understand the participants changing of plans , cancelling , asking for help to fill their places and ending up with totally unsuitable participants , needing advice , arranging shared transport etc. makes co-ordinating such an excursion just not worth the hastle .
Believe me , I have experience of such from co-ordinating the tame wilderness trails .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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Time to talk about these relatively untouched places ...

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The biggest wilderness area in KNP ... between Mphongolo and Bububu rivers along the Zari spruit and the water hole in the Phugwane at its confluence is in the area that the trail will be operating in ... Phonda Hills .. the missing graves at Zari ...there is just so much historical things to see in the area , bathing at Matiovila and Malahlapanga hot springs .

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 Post subject: Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail
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One, possibly two vacancies have arisen for our trip starting on May 2. As seen in my signature, we are staying over in Shingwedzi the night before ,May1,and we are also staying on for a few days longer at Punda. These last 2 days are not "compulsory".
Please let me know if anyone is interested as soon as possible. This will be a trip to remember!
Total costs to be R1944.45 per person plus petrol and food. It will be less if not staying over at Punda afterwards (in tents)

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