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Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by A Free Living Guide » Thu May 07, 2015 10:03 pm

Ive just come off back to back Mphongolo trails.
We had some interesting experiences :D

Two of my guests got engaged in the middle of the dry Phugwane river bed one evening at sunset, what a beautiful place to pop the question… :k

One night while sitting around a small campfire we had an Elle bull in mhust walk past our tents in the darkness.
We couldn't see him, but the breez was right and we could smell him.
He drank for a long time in the river bed close to our camp and we listened to his breathing and the gallons of water pouring out of his trunk and down his throat... He was that close.
We watched him in the moonlight as he walked up the dry riverbed past our camp.
A massive animal moving slowly and deliberately in the moonlight.
He disappeared slowly into the darkness, as quietly as he had arrived…

Wilderness is such a special place, and it is such a privilege to be in it!

Walk quietly, but carry a big stick...

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 07, 2015 11:00 pm

Sounds just magical!
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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:45 pm

Have done the Mphongolo trail for the third time this year July, and it was simply amazing! I've never had that much elephant on foot! We had encounters with up to 3 heards a day, been held up by three young bulls and intimidated by a bull in must! Nevetheless we had awesome sightings, running giraffe's, a huge herd of buffalo, zebra, kudu, too much to mention! Expereinced awe-inspiring sounds at night, including a herd of elephants moving through the branches 50m away. Hyena's, lion's, pearl spotted and scops owl all formed an chaotic choir in the African night! I long for a repeat already!

There is nothing more beautiful than such a trail :D Will soon post some pics if I have time.
Tambotie 12 July, Olifants Backpack trail 13-16 July, Letaba 16 July, Balule 17 July, and Sable Hide 18 July and Lower Sabie 19-20 July Can't wait actually :)

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