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 Post subject: Re: Bushman's ve as a result
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:27 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Backpack trails
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:09 pm 
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Hi All

I am interested in doing one of the backpack trails either olifants or mpongholo trail. please can someone tell me where I find the info on the web site

Thank you in advance


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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails
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Click on Reservations, then Availability, Kruger, and at bottom Wilderness trails. Then you can find a monthly calendar of availability on the trails.

I did it in a semi-official capacity so did not book in the normal way. You may need to actually phone or email rather than book online.

Mphongolo at the moment is very hot and dry. Olifants will be the same, and is hard going with lots of ups and downs and sandy underfoot.

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 Post subject: Re: Backpack trails
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Hi shrew,

Info for Mphongolo Trail

Olifants Backpack Trail

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 Post subject: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:15 am 
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Hi all,

Me and my friends will be doing the Wilderness Trail (Metsi Metsi trail) early next month and were wondering if we should be bringing sleeping bags, or will beds/sheets be provided by the camp?

While on the same subject, anything else that's a good idea to bring?

Thanks,
Janitha


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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?
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Hi Janitha, you don't need sleeping bags for the conventional trails, in actual fact, you will be thoroughly spoilt with a very comfortable beds, crisp linen and delicious food.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

Sleeping bags are only needed for the wilderness walking trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:16 am 
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Hi Janitha,

I did the Metsi-Metsi in May and I can assure you there is no need for a sleeping bag or any linen etc. You'll love it!! They treat you almost like royalty and the whole experience is just amazing!!!

Enjoy!!! :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Which Wilderness Trail?
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Hi and welcome to the forums, HB :D

You could read Wilderness Trails-General Advice and on the KNP Activities & Sightings Index page, you will find topics on specific trails.

Happy reading and planning !

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 Post subject: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?
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Hi All,

We are visiting KNP for the first time in July - sooo excited as the time approaches. We're travelling from the UK and staying just outside the park for the first few days and have booked onto Bushmens wilderness trail for 24/7. At the moment ours (3 of us) is the only booking, leaving 5 spaces. I've read elsewhere on the forum that a minimum number of 4 is needed for the trail to go ahead. Can anyone confirm that this is the case? What happens if the number isn't reached? has anyone had a trail cancelled for this reason? I'm a bit worried as there is a very limited availability of other accomodation for these dates and there they'll be less as time goes on.......
Oh and a big thank you , these forum pages are just stuffed full of brilliant advice!

Barb


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 Post subject: Re: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?
Unread postPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 2:39 pm 
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Hi BarbMc,

We haven't done a wilderness trail before. But I believe it will work the same way as when a booking is made for example as for an night drive or sunset drive. If the required number of participants are not met, the activity will not continue. We have found for drives they are not always strict on this policy but it may differ from park to park. (Not sure for wilderness trails) If you have paid a deposit or in full for the trail and it doesn't commence, I'm sure that you will not forfeit the amount that you have already paid.


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 Post subject: Re: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?
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I do not think for a moment you will be left in the lurch BarbMc.

If it is cancelled, it would greatly inconvenience you as overseas visitors, and that would result in adverse publicity, and loss of revenue to Kruger.

If Joep Stevens sees this thread I'm sure he will put your mind at rest.

It might be worth asking if anyone on the forum would like to join you.

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 Post subject: Tipping on trails
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Am doing one of the 3 night trails soon and was wondering what the tipping etiquette is for guides and camp staff. Thanks for any input you can give.


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 Post subject: Re: Tipping on trails
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I think it s a pretty individual thing, if you feel you received great service and would like to give the guides a tip, then do so.

More on Tipping in general here.

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 Post subject: Re: Tipping on trails
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What are night trails, sounds interesting?


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 Post subject: Re: Tipping on trails
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I think what is meant is a wilderness trail which takes place over 3 nights :)

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