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Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by margherita » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:37 pm

Hello everyone,
I am really interested in going on a Wilderness Trail in Kruger Park but I am concerned about the way to reach the rest camp where the trail starts form, since I don't have a car.
Is it possible to get there (it would be either Punda Maria or Berg-en-dal Rest Camps) without one?

Hoping someone can help me
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:20 am

Hello there Margherita. A very warm welcome to the forums.

This question about travelling the Park has come up a number of times and it does pose certain challenges. I really do wish that some kind of shuttle service would become available.

I am not sure of where you live and how you would travel normally. Perhaps you could give us a little more information. Someone might be able to come up with specific advice.
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:05 am

Warm welcome to the forum Margherita! :clap:

Unfortunately its always going to be difficult getting to the various camps without your own transport.
I do think getting to B & Dal might be the easier of the two logistically wise, especially if you fly into KMIA the airport just outside the park.

Have a read Here

Another topic How to reach camps/stay in the park without your own vehicle
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by margherita » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:29 pm

Thank you both so much for your help.
I'd be getting there from Tzaneen, would it possible for a private shuttle to drive me past the gate to the rest camp and come pick me up from there once the trail is over, (how much would it be to get inside?)
Also, I don't seem to find the pricing for the wilderness trail, do you know how much that would be/where I can get info?

Thank you (:(:

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Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:09 pm

I really don't know of any shuttle that would transport you into the park and back again from Tzaneen and you would have to try and arrange something privately.

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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:59 am

Do you have Uber in Tzaneen. ? It might be worthwhile finding out.

I was listening to the radio and heard a transport service connected to backpackers. There must be a backpackers in Tzaneen. I wonder if it might be possible to see if they could assist you.

http://www.sa-venues.com/explore/bazbus/

This really is rather common problem. I hope that some bright entrepreneur comes up with a solution.

If you go onto this page, you should be able to link to all the info you need, including prices.

https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/t ... /about.php
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:02 am

If I think of anything else, I will pass on the info. Please let us know what you find out.
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:10 am

Phalaborwa Gate is the closest to you. The highly recommended Olifants trail starts at Letaba. It is quite a drive from Phalaborwa Gate to Letaba. Is there any kind of bus service from Tzaneen to Phalaborwa? You can then perhaps see if any lodges in the area run a shuttle service :hmz:
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by margherita » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:42 am

Ok, thank you very much for information and suggestions.
I'll look into them and let you know what I manage to book (:

Thank you again very much :pray: :pray:

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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by margherita » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:52 pm

I should be able to book a shuttle service frome Nelspruit to Berg-en-dal with a touristic operator.
I will probably travel first to Johannesburg and from there take a bus to Nelspruit, which line do you suggest between Intercape, Citiliner (ot others)?

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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:59 pm

I found this in the linked topic I gave you in an earlier post

Here but don't know if they are still in existence as its quite an old post now.

I have heard good reports with regards the Citybug Shuttle service from Jhb to Nelspruit
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by jjames04 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:45 am

If you can get to Berg-en-dal the Wolhuter Trail is superb! The camp waterhole is really a special treat during the dry season and the Trail affords the chance to approach elephant, Rhino and buffalo pretty reliably on foot at close range due to that waterhole and a seasonal river bed where you will do much of your hiking. The scenery is also really nice. I did a TR on the Wolhuter and Sweni Trails back in 2015 with video of both camps if you are interested.

viewtopic.php?t=85714

Good luck and hope you get to go.

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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by margherita » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:02 pm

Hi everyone (:
I finally booked the Wolhuter trail! I am very excited! Do you have any recommendations/tips for the trail? Is it hard (in terms of fitness required?)
I was able to book a shuttle from Neilspruit to Berg-en-dal and the way back. What would.you suggest is the best way to get to Neilspruit from Tzaneen? (Via Johannesburg or via Ecornhoeck?)

Thank you all so much for your precious help (:

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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:50 pm

Please do have a read through Wilderness Trails FAQ for lots of info and advice and there is a link in there specifically for the Wolhuter Trail.
To get from Tzaneen to Nelspruit you definitely don't need to travel via Jhb.
Have a look at This Map
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Re: Wilderness Trails Kruger Park - how to get there

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:54 am

I am sure that you are going to love the trail. 8)

My experience has been that the guides tailor the length of walks to the general level of fitness of the group, so exteme firness is not needed. I would say that for your own good and enjoyment, you start to do a couple of kilometers of daily walking to get you ready.

There is also a lot of stopping and starting. The terrain tends to be mildly undulating, or flat. You will climb a couple of koppies, not big ones though. There is one steepish climb to a special place. It is well worth it though. I will not say much more, so as not to ruin the surprise. :wink:

Why do you think that it would be necessary to go to J'burg first?
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