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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Part 11.

The Olifants Trail started on 19th November 1979, sixteen months after the Wolhuter.

The Nyalaland Trail started on 31st July 1980, in the area where Mike originally thought of starting the trails, in a wilderness area found no where else in the world.

Bushman Trail started on 29th July 1983, 5 km away from Wolhuter. Johan Kloppers thought it good to specifically have a camp here in order that trailists could visit the many rock art sites in this area; this would be an added interest to the “routine” of normal walks, at that stage Mike had found more than 100 rock art sites in the area.

Metsi-Metsi was started on 15th August on the foothills of the Nwamuriwa Mountain in the Tshokwane Section, with all its Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Civets and if you are lucky Leopards and Lion.

The Sweni Trail was a sponsored trail and was started in the Big Cat area along the Sweni Spruit south of Satara on8th October 1990.

The Napi Trail was also sponsored and built in Rhino area at the confluence of the Napi and Mbiyamiti Rivers.

The Wilderness Trails have been going for more than 30 years, the occupancy rate of approximately 97% indicates the success of this Wilderness experience, much of the success is derived from the dedication of the Trail Rangers sharing their knowledge with their clients, the dedication of the chefs who prepare their simple meals and then with a friendly smile serve the meal to appreciative guests.

The simpleness of the camps which add to the bush experience, the sitting around the camp fire at night listening to the sounds of the AFRICAN NIGHT, looking at the stars of the AFRICAN DARK, listening to stories of the AFRICAN BUSH.

One must never forget those Trail Rangers and their Field rangers who strove from the beginning to give their best and offering something so different, and still do so today. I am convinced that it is not an easy job to maintain the high standards.

Being totally responsible for the safety and satisfaction of eight trailists cannot be an easy task.

The people mentioned above have brought immense pleasure to innumerable others who may have never had the opportunity to share the mystery and excitement of the AFRICAN bush.

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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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PART 12.

Here below is a photograph of the man who about forty years ago envisaged what many of us enjoy so much today – Mike and the lady Andre English. Maybe a bit older bit still just as enthusiastic about and appreciative of the AFRICAN BUSH.

Mike English we as nature lovers herewith express our appreciation to you and the others who assisted you in making the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS TRAILS a reality, you will never know how much enjoyment you have brought to us.

We salute you.


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Here below is the token of appreciation handed to Mike at the 30th anniversary celebrations of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS TRAILS.

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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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This is a wonderful topic and there is much more to ad on wilderness trails.
Threw the years there has been many fantastic characters appointed on these trail and i think if you had information on them it would be grate.

As for my own, i spent some time as a child snooping in overhangs and gullies with Mike looking for bushman painting and stone tools. He has always been one of the legends that i have been inspired by and contributed greatly to my interests in archaeology and African culture.


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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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The list of wilderness trails rangers from the past.

Aaron Mkansi - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Adriaan Louw - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Andre Joubert - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Andrew Hofmeyer - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Annelle Scott - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Barry Hopgood - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Brian Harris - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Bruce Leslie - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Bryan Havemann - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Chris Bakkes - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Christo Gagiano - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Christopher Muthathi - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Craig Beaton - Wilderness Trails Ranger
David Zeller - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Paul Grobler - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Douw Swanepoel - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Errol Pietersen - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Ettienne Fourie - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Frank Watts - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Frans du Toit - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Gerrit Meyer - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Greg Bond - Relief Wilderness Trails Ranger
Jack Greeff - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Jaco Ackerman - Wilderness Trails Ranger
James Steyn - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Jan Erasmus - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Jaques Brits - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Joe Nkuna - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Johan Enslin - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Johan Filmalter - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Johan Fourie - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Johann Oelofse - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Johann van der Merwe - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Kally Ubisi - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Karin van der Walt - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Kenneth Zwane - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Kobus Kruger - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Kobus Wentzel - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Leighton Hare - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Leon Serfontein - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Leonard Le Roux - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Lourens Baloi - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Manzi Spruyt - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Marius Renke - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Mark Taylor - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Mbongeni Tukela - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Nardus du Plessis - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Neels van Wyk - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Nic Squires - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Nicol Coetsee - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Oris Mgwenya - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Peter Davies - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Peter Scott - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Pierre Gallagher - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Riaan Labuschagne - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Richard Sowry - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Rob Thomson - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Robert Bryden - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Rodney Landela - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Rudi Lorist - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Sam Fourie - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Sarel Yssel - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Scott Ronaldson - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Stephen Midzi - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Steven Mostert - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Steven Oosthuizen - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Steven Whitfield - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Tom Middleton - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Trevor Langeveld - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Van Rooi Moreku - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Wayne Lotter - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Wikus van der Walt - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Wilbert van't Foort - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Wimpie Mare - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Wouter Jordaan - Wilderness Trails Ranger


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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Complete more than 600 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Jaco Badenhorst: Head of trail and Wilderness Trailsranger
Njalaland: Julie 1993 - Desember 1994
Olifants: Januarie 1995 - September 1997
Wolhuter: Oktober 1997 - Maart 2007

Complete more than 600 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Frans du Toit: Wilderness Trails Ranger
Njalaland: Desember 1983 - Februarie1989
Wolhuter: Februarie 1989 - Augustus 1997

Complete more than 600 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Leon Serfontein: Longest cervice as Wilderness Trails Ranger
Njalaland: September 1991 - Julie 1993
Boesman: Julie 1993 - Julie 1995
Napi: Julie 1995 - Julie 1997
Metsi-Metsi: Julie 1997- April 2003
Boesman: April 2003 - Maart 2007

Completed over 1000 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Daniel Maluleke: Assistant Wilderness Trails Ranger
Nyalaland:

Completed over 1000 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Bentu Manique: Assistant Wilderness Trails Ranger
Boesman:

Completed over 1000 Kruger National Park Wilderness Trails
Ozias Cubai: Assistant Wilderness Trails Ranger
Sweni:


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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Heads of trails

Mike English: Founder KNP Wilderness Trails
Trevor Dearlove: Co- Founder KNP Wilderness Trails - Head of Trails - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Arrie Schreiber: Head of Trails
Dave Chapman: Head of Trails - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Mike Landman: Head of Trails - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Martin Engelbrecht:Head of Trails (North) Wilderness Trails Ranger
Cleve Cheney:Head of Trails (South) - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Bruce Bryden: Head of Trails
Jaco Badenhorst:Head of Trails - Wilderness Trails Ranger
Andrew Desmet: Head of Trails


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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Katemboega , thank you for refreshing my memory - I have walked in the wilderness with at least 23 of the above !

What pleasant memories I have ...

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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Thanks this really good, now what about some stories about them.

I have a bit about Obert and Kally and Saul and Lourens.

Should anyone have a few stories why not start a new thread named:

"The Wilderness Trails Rangers" possibly similar to the Thread "Lest we Forget".

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 Post subject: Re: The History of the Wilderness Trails in KRUGER
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Johan Enslin wilderness trails ranger. Olifants 8 july 2001-27 March 2004, Njalaland 31 March 2004-30 November 2004,Metsi-Metsi November 2004-31 July 2005, Wolhuter August 2008-1 April 2009 and head of trails south from 1 April 2009-31 August 2010.

Has resigned from his post and will be missed by all his colleagues and old wilderness trails rangers and will be remembers in wilderness trails for all that he had done for the trails. It was on his initiative and threw his effort that the 30 year reunion of trails was such a success.

Thank you for everything that you have done we will miss you.

You are part of a proud time in wilderness trails history.


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I walked with Johan Enslin as trails ranger on the Olifants trail in Aug / Sept 2001 shortly after his appointment .

After the first night the extremely loud snoring of the Israeli fellow I shared a hut with forced me to threaten the next night to seek refuge on the viewing deck in an attempt to sleep - I would have done so had Johan not actively discouraged me from doing so - an opportunity missed .

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Katamboega wrote:
The list of wilderness trails rangers from the past.


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Some of the Trails Rangers at the 30 th Anniversary function Sept 2008 .

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The first wilderness trail I walked 28 Feb 1985 , Wolhuter trail at R110.00 per person .

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Two months later , the Olifants trail , R110.00 per person

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