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 Post subject: Lonely Bull trail
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:38 am 
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Is this on the cards , or on ice ?

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... -trail.php

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail .
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Looks like a good one. I have space in March if it is on the cards, as I have to cancel our normal trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail .
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Hey ndloti and Bundi,

The trail opens on the 01st of February 2012. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail .
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Does this replace the Olifants backpack trail ?

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail .
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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail .
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No it doesn't ndloti, it's a brand new trail. :dance:

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 Post subject: Lonely Bull Backpack Trail
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I have read on the SANParks website that another backpack trail, similar to the Mphongolo Backpack Trail has been introduced!!

Read all about it here: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/activities/lonely-bull-trail.php#trail

This is AWESOME!! Although I must say that it comes ealier than I expected, as I have heard rumours about it a while ago. If anyone is/has been walking this trail let me know!! Obviously I WILL walk this trail April 2013, as I have planned to do a backpack trail every second year... :lol:

I like the fact that the trail is leaving from Shimunwini, which means I HAVE to stay a few nights at this rustic camp as well.... Promising :thumbs_up:

Start writing on this trail now please :think:

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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Some trail report of the trial runs we did last year.

Date: 03 – 06 October 2010

Rangers; Lourens Botha 1st rifle, Metwell Mkansi 2nd Rifle
Guests: 1 Couple from Belgium(Ruben and Grietjie)

Day 1:

Arrived at Shingwedzi to meet guests around 11:00, met guests 11:30 and left camp for the drop off point next to the Letaba River low water bridge. We started walking around 14:30 on the Northern Sandbank and it was a hot day. We camped next to the Letaba River (S23.75133°/ E031.40757°) and allowed the guys to wash and cool down around 16:30.

While sitting around the fire a Buffalo Bull and huge male Leopard came to investigate around our campsite. There were no incidents, they moved away from us, without any hesitations. We heard Spotted Hyeana and Elephant during the evening.

Sightings: Waterbuck, Steenbok, Impala, Crocodiles, Hippo’s, Buffalo Bulls, Elephant Cow Carcass, which Julie Wolhuter reported before and Leopard at camping site.

Day 2:

We broke camp and started walking 06:00. We walked passed the Exclosures during our cloudy weather and had breakfast at the Letaba River (S23.75533°/ E031.44583°). After breakfast we proceeded to our 2nd night’s camping site below some Matumi Trees next to the River (S23.74807°/ E031.47845°). We put up camp and went for an Afternoon Walk towards Mingerhout Dam and back. During the evening heard some Lions, Spotted Hyeana and Elephants calling.

Sightings: Waterbuck, Giraffe Bull, Elephant breeding herd, Impala and Buffalo Bulls.

Day 3:

Broke camp early again, overcast and cool and walked to our 3rd nights camping site which was next to the Tsendze River (S23.72342°/ E031.50089°). We put up camp and had breakfast and went for a long Afternoon Walk. Came back and dug a hole in the sand to refresh ourselves. During the evening we again heard some Lions, Spotted Hyeana and Elephants calling.

Sightings: Waterbuck, Giraffe Bulls and Cows, 4 Buffalo Bulls, 2 Hippo’s, Elephant breeding herd, Zebras and Impala.



Day 4:

The camping site was close to the pick up point so we slept in a bit and after breakfast walked up to the pick up point where Robert Bryden picked us up. We found fresh Black Rhino spoor and dung.

Guest comments:
Guests had a great time, the first day’s heat was hard for them, but after that they enjoyed it alot.

Metwell was very enjoyable on the trail.


End of report.

Thank you

Lourens Botha.




Trail Date: 26-29 September 2010 Trail Leader: Julie Wolhuter Trail Assistant: Hans Enslin

Day 1 26-9-2010
Weather Sunny and hot
Route Drop of at Lonely Bull, at 15h30 set up campat 17hoo
Sightings Plenty Buffalo bulls in the reeds. Lots of Plains game
Camp Camped in large bend in river bed on southern side of river 2km from Lonely bull.
Emergencies None
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Day 2 27-9-.2010
Weather Hot
Route Headed South inland from River, lovely walk, Returned to same camp site. About 8km round trip
Siesta 12h00to 15h00 next to river.
Sightings Numerous Elephant and some Buffalo bulls.
Camp 2 hippo bulls in inland drainage . Plenty planins game , hyena and Porcupine in termit mound. Found old elephant cow carcus, with single tusk ( Reported) siesta along the river, watched breeding herd of buffalo come down and drink, followed buy big breeding herd of ele.
Emergencies
Remarks Wind began to pump at about 15h00. No chance of a fire. Guest spent most evening in their Tents

Day 3 28-9-.2010
Weather Overcast & windy
Route Crossed river and head north inland, along highways of hippo foot paths, about 12 km Round trip
Siesta 12h00-14h00
Sightings Lots of fresh white rhino sign and very fresh black rhino scraping. Tracked buffalo bulls.. Not .
Camp Same as first night
Emergencies None
Remarks None

Day 4 29-9-.2010
Weather Partly cloudy
Route Northern bank of river back to low water bridge
Sightings Elephant breading herds, Buffalo bulls and breeding herd, Impala, Water Buck, Steenbok & Kudu. Dead elephant in river just before Lonely bull ( reported)


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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:08 am 
I am sure that this trail will produce some lovely buffalo and elephant sightings.


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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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There is a report on this trail in the latest Wild Magazine.
Sounds very interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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Some photo's of my trail in end of August:
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Python Creeper in a Leadwood Tree
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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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Wonderful pics, especially like the last one!
Thanks Lourens. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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Rubbing post on a Mopane Tree on the Lonely Bull Backpack Trail.
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Shaft tailed Whydah on Backpack Trail
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Little Foam nest Frog
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One night's camping out in the bush.
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Orange tip species Butterfly,
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Spider hunting wasp
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Acraea species butterflies.
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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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Lourens , no tents , sleeping bags against a rock with a view of the stars .... ?

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 Post subject: Re: Lonely Bull trail
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ndloti wrote:
Lourens , no tents , sleeping bags against a rock with a view of the stars .... ?

If its true...

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