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Wilderness trail choices

Unread post by Rivers2Run » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:24 pm

I have to choose between Sweni and the new Mathikithi, somehow I managed to book both but I must choose. Which Wilderness trail would you rather do? We are from the USA so we don't do this often this is only my second trip to Kruger. We will be doing this in early September 2016.

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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:55 am

Hello there Rivers2Run.

I am going to say that the Sweni trail is very popular and often booked out quickly. It is something to think about.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:46 am

Here is a recent trip report on the Sweni trail.

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopi ... 4&start=90
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Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:07 am

I would go for Mathikithi if I were you. :lol:

Sweni is brilliant in its own right and has established a reputation for excellent game viewing, especially given its habitat.

But Mathikiithiki is new, so is it's facilities. You will be part of starting a new experience in KNP.

As a bonus it is in the same general vicinity and type of habitat as Sweni. This is sure to rival Sweni for game viewing.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by tribal71 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:36 pm

Hello,

I can´t find so quickly an information I need.
The trail runs with maximum 8 peoples....but what happens if only 1,2 or 3 people book a trail?
Do they have a minimum number of people???

A shortly answer will be great.

Best regards from germany,
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:04 am

Warm welcome to the forum Markus!

As far as I know and I think I am correct, there can be less than 8 on the trail, as long as there are some booked it will still be held.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by tribal71 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:10 am

Thanx Elsa,

we made the Sweni Trail 2 years ago (was perfect) and we will go in may/june this year for 15 nights only in the Kruger.
Everything is booked since last year...but last weekend we thought about to do a wilderness trail again.
On the Bushman Trail for the 1th of june they have 8 free places until now. If I book it now I have to cancel 2 nights Lower Sabie
and 1 night Berg-en-Dal.
That´s the reason why I asked...if I book now the trail and they cancelled it (because of not enough bookings), I will also loose my
reservations for Lower Sabie and Berg-en-Dal.

Yesterday I sent a message to sanparks but the didn´t reply untli now. I will wait a few more days :)

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by tribal71 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:56 am

Good morning,

a few minutes ago I got an answer by Sanparks:

Good Day

The trail will depart with 2 or more

Kind Regards


Maybe this is interesting for some people here.
For us it is cool...so we can book it now :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:18 am

Thanks for confirming Markus and I hope you have a wonderful and exciting trail. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:16 am

kOa_Master wrote:Dear SANParks,

I've received the following form when booking a trail:
https://www.sanparks.org/docs/bookings/ ... ficate.pdf

How serious are you about this? I've never seen and heard about this before, never filled it out myself. What is this supposed to use except generating quite a lot of costs and complicated short-term-appointments at an "official" doctor? My doctor at home would not be able to fill out the "eyesight & hearing"-part for example, how am I supposed to fill this out seriously?
This is really not thought through and looks very off-putting.

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I am sorry that you feel this way, kOa_Master.

Are you over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years, it just makes sense. There are no roads, no ambulances, no immediate medical facilities. It is for your own good that you have a clean bill of health before embarking on the trail. I know that in a couple of years time, I will also have to fill one in.

If there is a hearing or eye sight problem, it is important that the guides are aware of the problems. It can be a matter of life and death. I have been in situations where we are close to rhino, lion or buffalo. All of these animals can kill in an instant. The guides need to be certain of special precautions that might need to be taken.

Conditions such as diabetes also need to be declared.

This is not being petty. It might save a life.

I you are not yet 65, it is new to me. Having been on many trails, I would not take it amiss. The trails are potentially deadly. I would like to know for myself that I could react quickly in cases of danger.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:00 am

I am not sure if this is something new that has been implemented or the form those 65 and older need to fill in?
If new, it has possibly been brought about due to there having been problems and health issues of some trailists of late?
but other than that, its for all the reasons as MM has said in her post.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by kOa_Master » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:15 am

Dear MM & Elsa,

First to clarify - I'm neither over 65 (still far away) nor have I had any health issues on previous bookings. This form was attached to a booking (Bushman Trail) of a befriended couple (neither of them >65) who asked whether I knew this or not. I have never seen it before and therefore asked here.

I'm also aware that a trail has certain risks and is physically demanding, especially for elderly. I knew about the >65 confirmation. I also agree that it is important to inform the guide (and other participants) about any signs of unhealthyness, problems or other issues that might handicap and complicate a trail. But isn't a personally signed form (as on Game Drives) enough?
I could not understand if this would be compulsive to hand in a less than 30 days old certified complete-medical-check-up. This would be beyond all common sense and absurd in my opinion.

I hope this is just a misunderstanding.

Thank you for your answers.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by mh_baer » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:26 pm

Regarding to the description of the trail @
https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/activities/wilderness/trails/bushmans.php -> Important tips
no trailist over 65 are accepted.

A maximum of eight persons between the ages of 12 and 65 years may participate per trail.


If SANParks wants a medical statement of a doctor even from younger participants :doh: , I wouldn't book.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:19 pm

I have asked the SANParks PR if this is now standard policy but we might have to wait till after the long Easter weekend to get a response.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by tribal71 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:52 pm

Today I got following email by Sanparks:


Good Day

You can complete it yourself if you under the age of 65, only when you 65 and older that a doctor should complete it for you.

Kind Regards
Bridget


That information is ok for me :)


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