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 Post subject: Re: Advice on Mananga trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:08 am 
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I have heard that there are a few tricky sections where if it has rained (the seasons have been rather upset with early rain of late) low range may be necessary .
In any case the trail is normally closed for a while after rain , except in Pieter Steyn's case that Dink Bird mentioned above .

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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:51 pm 
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Hi All,

We are going to try Mananga trail in late May.
Does someone know what cars are allowed on this trail?
Can we rent Nissan X-Trail or Landrover Freelander?
Or only real 4x4 are allowed? Like Landrover Defender, Toyota Hilux e.t.c.

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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
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Land R Freelander / Nissan X Trail / Toyota RAV / Honda CRV is permitted -(make sure the Nissan/Toyota is the 4 x 4 type , there is/was a 4 x 2 version as well) .
Also read my posting above - it is at times closed to all vehicles .

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 Post subject: Satara - Mananga 4x4 Route sightings
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Hi All,

We did the 4x4 route close to Satara last year and saw hardly anything, I am considering taking the drive again.

Could other forumites please tell of the sightings you've had on this trail?

Thanks in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: Satara - Mananga 4x4 Route sightings
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maybe this will help
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 Post subject: Re: Satara - Mananga 4x4 Route sightings
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Took the route in 2009 and had a truly fantastic sighting of a Lioness with three cubs. We were so close I could take full body shots with an 85mm lens. The cubs were very playful. Great experience. On the way back we took the non-4x4 route and saw what I assume were other pride members and more bubs. Very much enjoyed it but saw not too much else, so I guess luck of the draw.


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 Post subject: Re: Satara - Mananga 4x4 Route sightings
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Hi cptphotographer
Maybe this will also help

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 Post subject: Mananga Adventure Trail
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So, we are back from the KNP, time went by so quickly

But to let you know

We had amazing sightings and great warm (but windy days)

We also did the 4X4 adventure trail from Pretoriuskop as the weather on the last day was terrible, and we needed something else to do

If you EVER stay there and you drive a 4X4, please take an extra day to do the trail

It was absolutely amazing. The best experience that I could have. The terrain is 4X4 valley, however, you will be able to do it with 4X2. (even I got a chance to drive my hubby’s Hilux) and I have a 14 month old son who enjoyed it so much!

The idea, of being alone in the bush, is the most awesome feeling in the world. Spending all the time you want at any given point. We saw elephant, rhino, hippos, zebra, antelope etc.

The trail is about 40km long, and takes about 6 hours.

I want to book the Satara one when we go again, has anyone been?


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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
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Now I really want to get to do the P/kop trail - thanks for the feedback stelliegp123!

stelliegp123 wrote:
The terrain is 4X4 valley, however, you will be able to do it with 4X2.
I think SANParks will even agree with you but they insist on folk only doing to trails in 4x4's in order to do as little damage to the ecology as possible :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Mananga trail
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Is the Mananga 4x4 trail near Satara still open? If so, does any one know what is the cost and where can I find an online detailed map of the trail?

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 Post subject: Re: Mananga trail
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Hi Herman, earlier this year the WEG magazine had a special Kruger edition and according to them the route was stil open, about 48km long and cost R460....I assume per vehicle. No info on the map though, sorry.


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 Post subject: Re: Mananga trail
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Herman , the trail was still open in May . We have done it twice previously . There is no really detailed map available , but you do receive a rough sketch of it when you book it - booking can only be done at Satara on the morning that you actually go on the trail . The " official " start is about 8 km north of Satara on the H1-4 ( there is a sign ) , goes eastwards for about 8 km , then almost due south to the S100 ( another 8 or so kilometers ) . Then follow s100 to S41 , where you turn left on the S41 . About 2 km on , there is another sign where you again enter the "bush " . The trail then follows the Mavumbye river up to where you previously turned south . You may then go back the original way you came , or cross the river , and a few km's on , you join the S90 . You may start onto the trail at any of the points , go in any direction , not necessarily as indicated , but you must remain on the trail at all times :rtm:

You may get out of your vehicle anywhere , but it is recommended that you do not move more than a few meters away from it . Do not get out of your vehicle within sighting distance of a road - other tourists may see you , and they may think they can also get out of their vehicle . You may also take along a gas cooker to make coffee or cook a brekkie or lunch , but no fires :naughty:

Enjoy it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
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Hi there

I m wondering..... Is this Trail safe to do if you are only one vehicle?

We did Pretoriuskop last year, but we had friends also in a 4X4....

This year we are alone.

Is it a difficult trail?


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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
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Stellie, it is quite safe to do with just one vehicle, in fact many folk enjoy it that way.

If is has rained or a chance of rain the trail is usually closed plus the staff will know there is a vehicle still out due to your deposit that is left behind, or hopefully anyway! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Mananga Adventure Trail
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Hi,

has anyone done this Mananga trail for the last few weeks? And has anyone has good sightings ont this trail? Although we are visiting Kruger now for many years, we've never done this trail and I'm thinking of doing it this year during our next vist!?

And can you do the trail 2 times on a day??? :hmz:

Thanks :thumbs_up:
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