Stellie , I can answer in Afrikaans , but the moderators will object as the official forum language is English .
I will translate your questions as well as possible ...
Ek het n paar vragies... ASB help?
A few questions .. please help ?
Presies hoe werk dit? ek sien die basiskamp is Skukuza en neem aan die veldwagter laai my af by die Metsi kamp. Is daar net een kamp op die roete? Wat ek wil weet is, kom jy elke dag terug na dieselfde kamp toe? Loop jy vanuit die kamp en dan kom jy vanaand terug of gaan laai hulle jou erens in die veld af?
How does it work precisely ? I see the base camp (actually the meeting point) is Skukuza and the trails ranger will take us to Metsi Metsi camp ? Is there only 1 camp on trail ? Do we return to the same camp after the days walks ?
The Metsi Metsi trail departs from Skukuza , where you park your car , report to reception , meet the trails officers and then depart in a Sanparks open safari vehicle for the trails camp which is a few km east of Tshokwane .
At the base camp there are four A frame huts with 2 beds in each with bedding (sheets & blankets & pillows) as well as 2 ablution units with gas heated showers and flush toilets . There is a camp kitchen where a cook prepares tasty wholesome meals for the trailists .
Day walks are undertaken from her , a morning walk of about 5 hrs and a more leisurely afternoon walk of about 3 hours - often incorporating a sunset drive thereafter.
Kos, moet ons niks kos saamvat nie? ek sien mens kan extra water vat? Dalk n Camelback?
Regarding food ? Do we have to take our own food ? We can take extra water with us ? Perhaps a Camelback ?
All the food is provided . You may bring your own snacks and food provided there is space to store them , rodents etc. make short work of unprotected foodstuffs . There is little need to bring your own food unless you have specific dietary requirements , and your own snacks may be usefull if you have a high metabolism , and provided there is space in camp / and you can carry them in your daypack , though I personally have never had any requirement therefore .
Before departure on the morning walks coffee / tea & rusks are provided . Sanparks provides a picnic lunch on the morning walk usually consisting of Provita , sausage (wors) cheese , fresh and or dried fruit , nuts etc. which the trailists carry in daypacks which are also provided . There is drinkable water on tap in camp , but those spoiled city mallwalkers used to bottled water should bring their own supply which can be carried in the daypack . Remember there is no electricity , so hairdryers , TV sets etc are of no use , likewise there is no cell phone reception (cellphones and music I- pods , loud talking etc are explicitly forbidden , in fact the trails officer should insist they are left in your car at Skukuza .)
On returning from the morning walk a brunch usually consisting of eggs , bacon or sausage , toast is provided , as well as an evening meal of chicken or beef stew or braaied meat .
Die area waar mens stap, ek wil graag die Metsi gaan stap om tot by die boom te kom waar Wolhuter die leeu doodgesteek het, dis my droom, en as hulle nie daar stop nie kan ek maar net so wel die Sweni gaan stap. My vragie is dus, gaan hulle my tot by die boom en gedenkplaat vat?
Will we be able to walk to the Wolhuter memorial where Wolhuter stabbed & killed the lion ? If not , I could just as well walk the Sweni trail ...
The trails officer may on request take you there by vehicle from which a walk may be undertaken in the general area , subject to the area being on the rotational schedule , no fires occuring, etc .
The memorial is along a tourist road , thus according to Sanparks procedure you may not be seen on foot by tourists in vehicles , so the chances of walking to the site are probably zero , as it possibly encourages visitors to get out of their cars .
Die Dierelewe….. my ander droom is op leeus te voet te kry. dink jy dis n moontlikheid of sal die Sweni beter dien?
Animal life ... another of my dreams is to see lions on foot , is there a possibility of this on Metsi Metsi , and is there a greater liklihood of this on the Sweni trail ?
There is a good chance of lion sightings on foot on both the Metsi or the Sweni , I have seen them on both trails , though there is no guarantee on either , as it depends on many factors , rainfall , vegetation , natural game movement , as well as a large proportion of luck !
I hope I have been of assistance , Stellie ! Feel free to PM me (as you have done before) for more info !
In closing , I would recommend the Metsi Metsi above the Sweni !
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.
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