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Re: 4x4 Trails in KNP

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:57 pm

Please take note that both the Nonokani and Northern Plains 4x4 Trails were removed from the website under activities - See here...

The Northern Plains Trail is currently closed and under discussion. Once we have a official outcome, it will be posted here.

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Re: 4 x 4 Drives

Unread post by fazekma » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:19 pm

That's them. There used to be four 4X4 trails but now there are just the two...

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/to ... trails.php

The one near Phalaborwa gate was closed last year due to 'tourist problems' and it seems the Northern Plains Trail (between Punda Maria and Shingwedzi) was closed this year, don't know why as it was my favorite.
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Re: 4 x 4 Drives

Unread post by Scorpion » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:14 am

The Nononkani trail near Phalaborwa gate has been closed but the Malopeni trail is now available.
It is a guided 4x4 trail with the added advantage of having one sleep-over in the bush! 8)
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4 x 4 Trails and Wilderness Trails

Unread post by YDJanet » Mon May 23, 2011 7:43 am

My hubby and I are planning a trip to KNP in December 2011. We're considering doing Napi Wilderness Trail and also one or two 4 x 4 trails (the one-day ones).

My question is.... for those of you who have done either or both, is it worth it? In other words:
1. Is the Wilderness Trail significantly better than taking the equivalent number of ranger-led walks and/or drives?
2. Did you feel the 4 x 4 drive was worth the expense, including hiring a 4 x 4 instead of a cheaper car?

We are Americans who love the Kruger and this is our 7th or 8th time but we've never done the trails or 4 x 4 drives.

I'm new here so my apologies if this has been amply covered.

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Re: 4 x 4 Trails and Wilderness Trails

Unread post by ndloti » Mon May 23, 2011 8:40 am

1) Yes ! if you like the idea of using your sense of sight , smell and hearing to the fullest (instead of mechanical and tyre sounds) & the intimacy , privacy and the priviledge of being in a fully catered private camp with very little chance of seeing other tourists & vehicles .
2) Debateable , in my opinion , yes , for the privacy factor , only 8 (?) cars are allowed per day ! You are allowed to alight from your car and even have a picnic within 7 metres (20 feet) of your car .
Bear in mind though that the 4 x 4 trails are closed after any significant rainfall to safeguard against tourists getting stranded in mud .
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: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread post by bert » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:15 pm

The answer from SANparks
All trails are open :

  
Adventure trails

o Madlabantu,

o Mananga and

o Northern Plains Adventure Trails

· Lebombo Overland Eco Trail – open between beginning of April and end of October (departure every Sunday)


· Malopeni Eco Trail – daily throughout the year


· Olifants River Back Pack Trail - open between beginning of April and end of October (departure every Sunday & Wednesday)


· Mphongolo Back Pack Trail - open between beginning of February and end of November (departure every Sunday & Wednesday)

· All trails close if there are hazardous conditions e.g. heavy rains etc.



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Re: 4x4 adventure trails

Unread post by travelshark » Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:51 am

Last year I did both the one from Pretoriuskop and from Satara.
Enjoyed them both, but if I had to choose only one, would probably go with Pretoriuskop.
The trails aren't difficult to drive (technically you wouldn't really need a 4x4, but keeps the trails in better condition).
We saw a lot of wildlife (October) and it's so refreshing just to be all by yourself in the bush!
Definitely recommend.
I would say do both if you can, but we did have a wee bit more fun from Pretoriuskop.

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4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread post by Koosbos » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:16 pm

Can anyone give me more info on the difficulty rate of the 4x4 routes in Kruger Park.
Can one do it with a soft 4x4 (no low range)?

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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:53 pm

A soft off roader is allowed , there are no sections where it is necessary as the trails are closed when it has rained significantly , this in order to prevent vehicles getting stuck and damaging the roads .
You may only access the trails once you have been to the respective camps reception at opening time , once staff have received the "green light" to allow access ...


See this page :

http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/activities/

Best read some of the topics :

Mananga Trail

viewtopic.php?f=133&t=32293

viewtopic.php?f=133&t=24994

However , in the case of the Lebombo route a 4x4 with low range is mandatory .

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=133&t=52011
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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread post by SilverSpur » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:23 am

Madlabantu is currently closed, it is the one close to Pretoriuskop.
You will be OK in the dry season with a soft 4x4.
Expect scratches as it gets narrow here and there.
There are some water issues on the 1st section with low clearance vehicles.

Sometimes you need to clear the path by hand. i.e. remove branches etc left by elephants, the 2nd section gets tricky for low clearance vehicles.

All in all a great experience.

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Re: 4x4 Routes in Kruger Park

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:18 pm

Welcome to the forum Koosbos.

4x4 routes in all the National Parks with wild life are not very challenging. They are designed to give the visitor an experience that you cannot get on the normal tourist roads.

I have just done the Nossob 3 day eco trail in Kgalagadi, and apart from a rerun or 2 at a dune it was not taxing.

If you are wanting a challenge, it is better to go elsewhere.
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Re: Adventure/Eco/4x4 routes in KNP

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:39 pm

There used to be 4 Eco routes one could do.
The one in the North is still open - the Northern Plains trail.
That one books at Punda (and maybe Shingwedzi, I am not sure).
Read here about the Northern Plains trail.

Instead, in the area one can do two short 'low maintenance' routes.

The Mananga and the Madlabantu are also still open.
Well, open if the routes are dry enough to do.
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Re: quieter roads near Biyamati and Talamati accessible with

Unread post by blomflower » Tue May 22, 2012 7:40 am

DinkyBird wrote:Hi blomflower, you do not need a lot of experience.
The one near Satara is not that challenging 4x4 driving wise, it is more a case of using a 4x4 to protect the ecology.
But you do have to take a 4x4 on the Mananga Trail (Satara). read more about it here

You can only book on the day you do the trail as the rangers need to be satisfied it is not waterlogged for eg, and risk you getting stuck.
If you decide to do it, take a whole day to spend on the trail, it is well worth it.


Wow sounds just perfect - thanks so much for that link - will definitely try to do it just hope that we are allowed to with our 4 x2 rather than full 4x4 - even if we can just do part of the trail it sounds like it would be amazing....

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Re: Kruger and 4x4

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:49 am

Hi Wildkyker,

we did the Mananga trail near Satara a few weeks ago.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. :D

I understand that the Madlabantu trail at Pretoriuskop is also still in operation.
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Re: Kruger and 4x4

Unread post by leervis » Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:21 pm

As far as I know the trail up North is still operating and needs to be booked from Shingwedzi. Also, as far as I know, the trails can only be booked one day in advance because of the potential effect of bad weather.
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