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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:09 am

Hi all :D

I'm ready to leave, packed and prepared! It looks like my backpack is goona weight around 16kg :whistle: Lets hope we don't get too many blisters. The weather looks fine (excellent actually) as it will be 29/30 degrees, and partly cloudy :dance: No rain predicted, so lets hope the best!

First night, we will stay in Letaba, then drive down to Olifants on the morning of 1 April :dance: After the walk, 3 nights in Mopanie to rest a bit :twisted: :tongue:

Hope to chat soon, and thanks again :thumbs_up:
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:43 am

Are you taking a chair ?
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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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby Riverrat » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:51 am

ndloti wrote:Are you taking a chair ?

And a Dros menu and waiter?
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:26 am

ndloti wrote:Are you taking a chair ?


Jip...... :lol: 1,3 KG and all are laughing at me but IT'S STILL GOING WITH!! :tongue: (LITTLE Natural Instinc hikinh chair) :dance:

On Saturday, we met up @ Dros randburg, nice meeting Chris....and the naughty RiverRat :twisted: Nice meeting RR :lol:

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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby Riverrat » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:09 am

1.3 kg!!! Look around and you can still get a Cadac 3-leg stool weighing 400g ...that's almost a kilo off! And they're only about R40...I'd willingly pay another forty to cut my load down by a kilo for 4 days.

Hehe..and if you take the legs off it and leave them at home that'll leave you with only 60 grams to carry :wink: lol
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:22 am

Maybe tie it to your rear end so the backpack is lighter ?
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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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby BunnyHugger » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:40 pm

Have a great walk all of ya. :mrgreen:

Travel safely and come back and tell us all about it.
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Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife.

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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:48 pm

Riverrat wrote:1.3 kg!!! Look around and you can still get a Cadac 3-leg stool weighing 400g ...that's almost a kilo off! And they're only about R40...I'd willingly pay another forty to cut my load down by a kilo for 4 days.

Hehe..and if you take the legs off it and leave them at home that'll leave you with only 60 grams to carry :wink: lol


Don't worry RR, I'm made of steel :twisted: I,m not old like the ........ :tongue:

Yes, Ndloti, exactly what i'm gonna do!

BunnyHugger wrote:Have a great walk all of ya. :mrgreen:

Travel safely and come back and tell us all about it.

Will do BH, I'll try my best.

OK guys, I'm off to Pretoria, and from there to Palaborwa :thumbs_up: Have a good one :whistle:
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:59 am

Hi there :D

Just quick: We had a unforgettable tremendous fabulous Backpack Trail, encountered elephants, LOTS of buffalo, 6 lions and a leopard on foot....all very close!!!!! (all nice pics)

Also saw lichtenstein's hartebeest (with pic) and serval kitten (with pics) OH YES to both! and many more fabulous stuff. Too much to name, but definately one of my favorite trips in Kruger!!

Unfortunately, I have 2 tests next week, so anyone watching 'my' topics for trip reports etc: hold on to 16 April, from then on I should have enough time. We had an excellent group, and all enjoyed it to the fullest! Thanks again for Donavan Terblance and Julie Wolhuter. :dance: :dance: Exceptional guides :clap:

For those who missed it: It's THE ULTIMATE, and after having done this trail, I'm sure MANY MANY more will follow :dance:
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:34 pm

That is quite some list of specials , GS , I am glad you had such an enjoyable experience .
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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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby Girl_Honu » Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:51 am

Can't wait for the 16th to start reading TRs! :popcorn: Glad the trip was such a success.

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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby rusky » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:16 am

All the best with the exams GS...... :thumbs_up:
Have made a note for the 16th in the diary :D :D
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:06 pm

Hi there :D

Finally, I have started my Trip report. Have a look here:
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=30671&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=30


And Zorro :) It took a while but here it is!
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby Zorro » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:20 pm

Hi to All....

And especially to the guys and gals that did this walk.... I am now even "greener" than before.... Thank you for remembering.... I needed my name in the Olifant river sand... at least... thanks for remembering.... I will definately join you next time....

Ciao
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Re: Forum Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu May 21, 2009 10:02 am

Seeing that with close to 32 000 views, and 478 posts, this topic has proved to be very successful. I want ask the mods (You CC?) to close this topic (lock).

In June/July holidays, I will spit through it, see what pages we can delete/keep, so that it still stays informative as to the planning of such backpack trail. There are numerous tips on equipment, etc.

Thanks everyone for contributing, and for the fun :clap:

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