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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by gmlsmit » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:19 pm

In mid summer Nyalaland is in a hot but also very beautiful area - make sure you visist Lanner Gorge - the most beautiful spot in the Park.
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Re: nyalaland wilderness trail

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:33 pm

DuQues wrote:There will always be big game around, it's the luck of the draw if you see it...
Be at the right place at the right time.To me trails and walks are more for the little things though. The insects, birds, plants...


I can only agree with DuQues ... one trail group may see more than the next group that walks 2 days later . Rainfall usually affects the animal distribution , but in Oct & Nov it is usually still very dry with animals concentrated around the permanent water sources , but bear in mind that due to the geology and terrain the Nyalaland trails area will seldom be home to large concentrations of game .
It is by far the most remote trails area and offers good scenery , birding (especially in the rainy season when many migrants arrive - it is the southern most limit of distribution of many migrants) but on top of it all the feeling of being in a remote corner of the KNP is what appeals the most to me .

In short , if you are solely after big 5 sightings the other KNP trails probably offer a better chance , though I can assure you from experience there is no guarantee of this .... it is impossible to predict ... I have walked Olifants trail in January when it was bone dry and we saw perhaps a handfull of mammals on 4 walks ... the same on the Metsi Metsi last year in March when the grass was chest high .
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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:01 am

sanyrob , there is only one way to get to Punda , in your case it is by rental vehicle as there is no public transport system within the Kruger .
The best way I could suggest is to take a flight from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa , from Phalaborwa it is approximately a 5 hour trip through the park at the speed limit of 50 km/h on black (paved) surfaced road to Punda Maria . This will necessitate spending the evening prior to the trail inside the KNP as the departure time for the trail is 3pm .
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Re: The "whoow" sighting or event in KNP

Unread post by ndloti » Tue May 10, 2011 3:31 pm

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Nyalaland wilderness trail , Jan 1988 .
Walking along a steep , well used , rocky animal path which was the only route up onto the plateau we heard trumpeting elephants approaching , just in time the ranger took us onto higher ground and we were treated to the sight of a breeding herd , they were agitated and trumpeted and milled around when they got our scent but we were relatively safe as big rocks blocked the way between us ...

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We rested at these beautiful rock pools (one of many) on the plateau for a while while to calm our nerves ... unmatched beauty and exhiliration within 30 minutes .
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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:29 pm

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Beautifull vistas - Jan 1988 ...

We had to rapidly evade elephants which we encountered on the pathway down the plateau .
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Nyalaland In October

Unread post by heritagearts » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:01 am

Has anyone been to this camp lately? Was it damaged during the floods? What can we expect in October?

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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Stephens.L » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:51 am

Dear Ndloti

Please note that Nyalaland is still closed until further notice. We have not yet started with renovations as the priority is on Shingwedzi and other bush camps which were affected by the floods. We will keep you guys posted once there are developments on Nyalaland.
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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:11 pm

You are going to enjoy the new site!

It is hosted in a site erected by the SANParks Honorary Rangers recently and you will be staying in tents provided by the SHR.

A true bush experience! :thumbs_up:



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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by JenniB » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:05 pm

I like the sound of the tents, Imberbe - I'm just worried that the location might be too near Mopani camp, the road and civilization, and not a real "wilderness" experience.

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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:28 pm

It is in the Mopanie area, but it is not close to Mopanie and the camp will have no impact.

It is however close to a public road. It is a dirt road and not a busy road. It should have a very limited impact on your experience. To reach the walking areas you will either walk out of camp away from the direction of the road or cross it while travelling on a no entry road.

I suspect it is probably the most authentic bush experience one can currently have in KNP, except for the back pack trails.
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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by heritagearts » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:44 am

Now I am concerned about our planned wilderness experience at Nyalaland in October. With the announcement of Nyari rustic camp by the Honorary Rangers near Phalaborwa gate and the previous posts, I may need to change my reservations. We plan to stay in Punda Maria prior to departing to Nyalaland, but it seems that Nyari as the substitute camp is way to far to travel in a day. Can someone give me an idea where Nyari is located and the distance from PM. Maybe Nyalaland will be ready by October, but I know how difficult it is to change our accomodations.

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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Stephens.L » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:19 am

Dear Heritagearts

Please note that from Punda Maria to Nyari Camp is about 140 KM. It is about 20 KM from Mopani Camp and 90 KM from Phalaborwa Gate. This is how Nyari camp looks like:


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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by johanrebel » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:05 pm

JenniB wrote:we were looking forward to ... especially Lanner Gorge.
Even if Nyalaland has been operational, you would have been lin for a very stiff hike. I stand to be corrected, but I don't believe Lanner Gorge is normally visited on this trail. It would entail driving past Thulamela as far as the management road goes, and then walking along a route that is far from easy and certainly not short.

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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Stephens.L » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:30 am

Hi, Jaytea

Punda Maria is perfect for you. This morning we were moving from Nyari Tented camp next to Mopani to new trails camp called Nyalaland Fly camp. It is situated three kilometres from the original Nyalaland Wilderness Trail. The departure point is Punda Maria. We have noticed that by having this temporary camp far away from Punda Maria inconvenience people who made their reservations before this changes.
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Re: Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Stephens.L » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:41 am

ndloti wrote:Stephens.L , is the Nyalaland being rebuilt on the same location as the original camp or will the fly camp replace the old camp ?


Dear Ndloti

Nyalaland is being rebuilt at its original place. The fly camp is few kilometres from the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.
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