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Re: Lebombo Eco-trail

Unread postby Karl 100 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:43 pm

:dance: :big_eyes: :dance:
Got hold of them
Cost is R8300 now

Hope to go next year
Has anyone gone on it? any feedback ?

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby Jaco V » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:34 am

AndrewGericke wrote:I am really wanting to do the Lebombo Eco trail next year. I am shortly going to have to replace my vehicle, and am looking at the Amarok, but the auto version only due out in a few months time. I recently just found out though that VW has decided to put an eight speed gearbox in this vehicle, and since the first two gear ratios are very low already, there will be no option of a low range transfer case.

Do you have to have a vehicle equipped with low range to do this trail, or do you think the eight speed auto will be ok?


Hi AndrewGericke, the auto Amarok will be fine to do the trail. The new auto gearbox has been designed in such a way that the low first and second ratios, combined with intelligent management of the torque converter on the gearbox, will allow you to have the same effective ratios and control as the manual gearbox with a lowrange gearbox.

The Lebombo route is not overly taxing or technical. It is a echo route, thus you wont drive serious 4x4 obstacles.
The Amarok will make light work of this route.
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Lebombo 4x4 Overland Trail

Unread postby Divine7polo » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:13 pm

Has anyone done this? Would love to hear your feedback as considering it for next year? Thanks!
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Re: Lebombo 4x4 Overland Trail

Unread postby Gralba » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:14 am

Did it a few years ago and was really not impressed. Spent a large part of the trip driving right next to the fence line between Kruger and Mozambique. It was depressing for me to see the locals over the fence clearing the trees to make charcoal which they tried to sell to us through the fence. First night spent at Mlondozi picnic site - I ask you! Maybe it has changed but I swore I would never waste my money again.

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Re: Lebombo 4x4 Overland Trail

Unread postby Divine7polo » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:39 am

Thanks for the feedback Gralba...mmm...I have heard similar tales where people were pretty disillusioned with the route next to the fence and also because they felt they covered so much distance in so little time that it felt like they were racing along the trail rather than learning and stopping along the way...that is a shame because sounds like it has the potential to be really good...
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Re: Lebombo 4x4 Overland Trail

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:18 am

Divine7polo,

Have a look here............ Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

A bit old but some useful info.
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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby jackrussel » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:20 pm

Hi Lion queen
Sorry to bothers you but i tried to read your eco Lebombo link but it says im not authorised to read it . I dont know because i am registered as Jackrussel for some time now . I was one of the people involved with putting up the fence from Mozambique Lebombo border to Swaziland in the 1986 .We actually lived in the veld in tents for the whole period till the project was completed . In 2013 i tried to drive the old route to see if the fence was still up . I got chased by the army but i did manage to see some sections where we worked .So sad to see all of our hard work destroyed and in places the fence was torn down .

I would dearly love to drive the eco route it will be a special treat for me

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby Son godin » Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:32 pm

Hi LQ,

The link gives me the same problem as for jackrussel and error message. However I manage to get a trip report on the route that can be helpful. Other info I saw was that the Midiri camp was closed and therefore the info from the link below can be outdated. It seems as if the distances are the main concern. Won't it be possible to make use of some of the Trail camps to make the distances shorter like Sweni camp. It seems as if the showering facilities are poor, but this might have been the preference of the group whose trip report I read to shower at camps and not a general concern.

http://www.overland.co.za/travel_reports/Adriaan_Odendaal/Lebombo_Trail.html

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby jackrussel » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:24 pm

Hello Son godin
Thank you for putting up a link i can investigate. I so love the area that the eco trip runs and would definately like to drive it .The only problem is to get 6 other guys to join me .The scenery of the area is breath taking and like others reported you make friends for life on such a trip .

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby jackrussel » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:48 pm

Hi again Son godin
I have just read the Odendals trip report. My what a jol ,like people point out its a eco trip nature so dont expect to see the big 5 on this kind of trip .From the sounds of it it could be a bit of a problem in the wet season even for a 4x4 .I have seen experienced drivers of 4x4's come short in the mud err stuck in the mud .Does anyone know the price nowadays of the eco tour?

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:15 am

Hi jackrussel

Links sometimes become outdated as we mods merge topics.

Contact details to find the cost of the trail are here

The trail is only run during the dry season. You do not need a group to book it, you can book where there is a free spot and join in with others who book at the same time.
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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby jackrussel » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:32 pm

Hi Dinky Bird
Thank you for the feedback.Looks like im running out of time here .I can only make it to the Park in November and then the trails over till the following year .I will keep you posted

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Re: Lebombo 4 x 4 Eco Trail

Unread postby jackrussel » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:05 pm

Evening Dinky Bird
I tried to email the link you gave me about the costs of the eco trail but recieved a out of office reply in July.Eischhh we are in September surely she cant be still out of the office .Awwww well thats technology for you hehehehe

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Jackrussel


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