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 Post subject: Re: Which wilderness trail?
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:53 pm 
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Shade is dependent on the foliage & thus the season and the rainfall .
Sweni is the flattest , but generally has the most animals .
Napi will be the coolest as the safari tents have a double roof .

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 Post subject: Re: Sweni or Nyalaland trail.
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I agree cathyb that Nyalaland offers that old world isolated atmosphere.
One tends not to expect big 5 sightings , one can concentrate on the scenery , archaeology and all the facets that make a more relaxed wilderness experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweni or Nyalaland trail.
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If you go on the Nyalaland trail, request that you go to Lanner Gorge, the birthplace of the KNP trails, it is here where Mike English sold the concept to Dr. Rocco Knobel the then Exec. Director of the National Parks Board.

Lanner Gorge is by far the most beautiful of all of the KNP.

Nyalaland has retained the mystery of the far far north.

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 Post subject: Backpacker Trail...but which one???
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Hi guys,

I am new to the forum and this will be my first trip to South Africa. Therefore I would be glad to get some advice from you.
I will travel with a friend of mine through South Africa in August and we will also stay 10 days at KNP.
We would like to to one 3-4 days Backpacker Trail with camping in the bushes and all this stuff.
I have seen the Olifants Backpaper Trail but unfortunately it is just the two of us and I believe that you need to be a group of 8 to book this trail. Is this correct?
If yes, can you recommend an interesting backpacker trail within the KPN?

I would be very happy to hear from you! Thanks a lot in advance!

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 Post subject: Re: Backpacker Trail...but which one???
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Maxwell, a very warm welcome to you. :D

You will not be disappointed in the trails.

I think that its important to decide what is important. Birders often enjoy the Nyalaland trail in the north, the Bushman and Wolhuter trails offer good bush paintings.

The Olifants (not back packers), Sweni, Metsi-Metsi and Napi offer a good wilderness experience. These are southern and central areas.

The telephone number I have is 021-426 5000, but it might be out of date. I hope that someone can help you.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - General Advice
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hi all

where can i find a list of the trails? thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - General Advice
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http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... hp#general

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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness Trails - General Advice
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I will select Metsi over Napi , in my opinion the Napi camp offers a "traditional closer to wilderness" atmosphere . Metsi area will on average offer more game encounters .

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Metsi Metsi camp in 1988 shortly after it opened , the thatch had not yet turned grey ... there was only one shower & one toilet.Notice the water tank on the roof of the shower - for a hot shower you collected water from the wood fired geyser and climbed the ladder with bucket in one hand and added the hot water to the contents of the tank - as far as I remember you also had to make sure there was enough water in the tank before showering - there was no ball valve for automatic refilling.The good old days.

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Probably 1989 .

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 Post subject: Wilderness trail - can one be contacted in an emergency?
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A couple in our group doing the Metsi Metsi trail will be leaving their baby with their parents. In case of an emergency, would there be any way to contact us?


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 Post subject: Re: Wilderness trail - can one be contacted in an emergency?
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Yes, they would be able to contact the group should there be a REAL emergency. As suggested ask the trail leader for a telephone number to be contacted.

They will probably give you the section ranger's number, which will be able to make contact in case of emergency.

I doubt whether regular contact will be possible, but should you ask them they will probably be able to inform you whether and where cellphone signal will be available.

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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?
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Hi Graham,

if you have a read Wilderness Advice you will find lots of great advice and info. :D

and for more specific info

Bushman's Trail

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Wolhuter Trail

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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?
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You could also go on one of these trails: http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org/bush-camps
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Groups of maximum eight guests are taken on a four day, three night excursion in to the heart of the bush. During this time they explore the wonder of nature in the only true way ... on foot. The group is guided by two experienced guides, who look after the safety of the group, and reveal the richness and diversity which can be found in nature.

Much of the richness of the experience can be found in the small things which are seen, the sounds, feelings and the smells of the bush, and most of all the experience of being part of nature. Encounters with the bigger animals always adds a touch of wonder, and at times a bit of excitement.

That is with the Honorary Rangers.... And we have one of the organisers on board about daily, he used to be a moderator. (Click the link and you will see his photo.)

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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?
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Hi Graham :D

I have done Bushman's and my daughters have done Wolhuters. They cover similar terrain, so they are similar in many respects. The highlight of the Bushmans trails a walk to the bushman's paintings, something quite unique. I think this can be done from the Wolhuters as well, but it is pretty much guarenteed on the Bushmans.

The highlight of my daughter's experience was walking into the middle of a wilddog hunt. The impala escaped by running through the walkers. The wilddog were so confused that they stopped dead and started barking at them.

My daughters said that the Dwarf Mongoose were the darlings of Wolhuters. Not sure if this is still the case. They had pretty much realised that there were lots of interesting things and moved in.

Our rarest sighting was Black Rhino. In actual fact, this is very much Rhino territory.

Both trails meet at Berg n Dal and leave in separate vehicles to their different destininations. I was the last to arrive :redface: :redface: :redface: I was stuck in a traffic jam that was caused by a Lion vs Ellie battle.

Boma where meals were served.

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Waterhole at the fence.

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the start of a walk

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our little huts.

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curious onlookers

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MM arriving at the last minte

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this was half her baggage ended up at Wolhuters :whistle: but that is another story.

One of the reasons why MM was late.

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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?
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Graham - the two trails traverse a very similar adjacent area , with the Bushmans walking area being in a more hilly area .
The fee charged covers all food & accomodation for 3 nights - the only items not included are alcoholic beverages and any snacks which you must bring along with you . The links to the info posted above just about cover all important matters .
I would strongly recommend either of them .

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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?
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I am tempted by both of them! Thanks for the link Saraf - I remember that documentary.

As we will be further north after the proposed Wilderness trail, what time do the trails finish on the final day?
I would need to work out how far to drive afterwards.
What are the chances of availability on one of the more central wilderness trails becoming available in a months time when people don't pay the deposits (for August 2013)?
I found that this happened with many units in terms of accommodation, but wondered whether people book speculatively in a similar way with regards the trails?!

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