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Re: Wilderness trails

Unread postby Merel » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:00 pm

Here some photos as promised.

View from Sweni.

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A close up from a Sweni view.

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View from Olifants

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Afternoon walk along the Olifants River with our ranger Nicol

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Kruger Park Video/Wilderness Trails

Unread postby Natgeo » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:57 am

Dear KNP Lovers,

My wife and I were able to get a lot of information from this site before visiting Kruger Park this past spring/summer.
So I figured I should create and post a short YouTube video to share with others on the San Parks forum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIfxQaLe4qY

We were in Kruger for about one month and were able to participate in six of the wilderness trails.
We started on the Wolhuter Trail on June 1st and then did the Metsi Metsi Trail, Sweni Trail and two back-to-back trips on the new Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, which was fantastic!
We finished things off with a trip on the Nyalaland Trail near the end of June.

Thanks to our amazing guides and all the fantastic staff at Kruger for making this such a memorable trip.
We will be back!

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Re: Kruger Park Video

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:56 pm

Fantastic video clip of an amazing trip by all accounts. :clap:
Thanks for sharing. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sweni or Nyalaland trail.

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:12 am

Briefly , mammal sightings are much more frequent on Sweni as it is situated on the grass plains , Nyalaland covers a more rocky mopani veld .
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Which wilderness trail?

Unread postby Dabchick » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:22 am

My pal and I are basically and intrinsically lazy - so self-drive holidays in the park usually suit perfectly (next trip only 4 months away :dance: ). We are also at the lower end of the fitness scale. Although we love to go (and often go) on short 6 to 10 km day hikes, we've never done an "overnighter" with heavy gear to carry etc.

However, a fitness freak colleague has convinced me that I have not experienced the KNP until I have walked around in it...

I notice the wilderness trails in KNP are all several days long. So advice please:
Which one is not necessarily the most scenic, don't necessarily have the most animal traffic, BUT is the easiest (flat terrain in other words), and offer the most shade in the form of large shade trees (coolest in other words) of all the hiking trails (I mean wilderness trails) in the park? :redface: ... First time we don't want to push our luck... :redface: And when is the best time of the year to go - Winter I suppose?

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Re: Which wilderness trail?

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:53 pm

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 .

Best book in winter .
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Re: Sweni or Nyalaland trail.

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:13 pm

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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Re: Sweni or Nyalaland trail.

Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:58 pm

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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Re: Wilderness Trails - General Advice

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:56 am

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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Wilderness trail - can one be contacted in an emergency?

Unread postby JenniB » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:52 pm

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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Re: Wilderness trail - can one be contacted in an emergency?

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:35 pm

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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Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:18 pm

You could also go on one of these trails: http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org/bush-camps
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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Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:35 am

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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Re: Bushman's vs Wolhuter?

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:33 am

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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Re: Bushman's ve as a result

Unread postby ndloti » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:27 pm

One usually returns to the tourist camp at around 9 am .
I have been accomodated on the trails due to cancellations , keep checking the status or perhaps email the administrators listed on the links provided , I have been successfiul in this regard .
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