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Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:22 pm

Nonokani - Translates to 'Drive Slowly. From a little east of close to Masorini picnic site, 14 km from Phalaborwa Gate, this route meanders southward through mopane / bushwillow woodlands to Reënvoël Dam, an ideal spot for breakfast if you make an early start. The route then continues towards and along the Olifants River where lunch can be eaten at any of the two viewpoints of the river itself. White rhino middens indicate the presence of these enormous animals in the area. Look out for the many pure-white rock outcrops in the rugged Olifants River Bushveld. The trail eventually ends once past Sable Dam.

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August 2008

The day dawned without a cloud in the sky – perfect to tackle the adventure trail. We ensured we left Letaba as the gates opened with extra water, emergency kit and picnics packed. By the time we had gotten to Phalaborwa Gate, booked in for the trail and turned off the tar road, it was just after 8am.

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Once a few kilos into the veld away from the rest of the world, we stopped to enjoy coffee and rusks – adhering to the rules on the pamphlet supplied to us. A few meters off impala enjoyed their brekkie too!

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For us, the excitement of going deep into the veld ‘away from it all’ was all that mattered – if we saw animals, that would be a bonus.

So after a few kilos on the trail we were thrilled to come across a fresh kudu carcass. An eagle was feeding on it and a single vulture. As they heard the vehicle they flew up and perched in a nearby tree. I scanned the area carefully for the predator. We spent some time there, just watching as more vultures arrived and as a cheeky raven acted like he owned the whole kill, showing off with the vultures every now and again. After we realised the vultures were not going to come down while we were there, we moved on.

Soon after, to our right another carcass - this time an older one of a buffalo.

Reenvoel Dam was lovely – and no other humans around!!! Again a reason for more coffee and muffins this time. While standing, just enveloped by the silence, we suddenly heard a loud splashing ... ellies! To the left, a breeding herd had come to the stream to drink. How wonderful to watch this from the safe vantage point of the dam wall.

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I did the driving – my navigator ... well he decided he was rather a camera man that day ... so along we drove, happily enjoying our time in the bush until I noticed looking ahead that the road went on east for a heck of a long way along the powerlines :? Time to consult the map – oops ... we were not suppose to be there. Checked gps and way points, turned around and back tracked to the correct turnoff. (Hint keep a close eye on the printed instructions of the route – there are only two markers along the route)

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The trail dips through a very scenic watercourse – where we found a herd of buffalo.

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Lunch was had at the view point over the Olifants River. Four kudu males welcomed us to the area ... and in the riverbed below was a pod of hippo.

Trying to write here of the experience of being the only two people on the banks of the Olifants for many kms around can do it no justice.

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The trail then hugs the Olifants River for a couple of kms before turning north again.

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We stopped to watch a Double banded sandgrouse pair with their chicks – what a special sighting that was!

The trail was about 5km from the end – both SO and I were very relaxed. Just enjoying the scenery, when suddenly, there in front of us, right next to the track was a lion pair. We stopped and spent the next hour and a half with this mating pair.

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We had to leave if we were going to make camp before gates closed....

After passing opposite Sable bird hide, the trail ends.

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By all accounts, we were the only folk on the trail that day. What a blessing to have been able to spend 8 hours in Kruger, just Hawk and me, on the Nonokani Trail.
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Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:42 pm

Nice, super nice :D
is special to see Sable dam hide on an other side :wink: the day I was over there, they are several hundred of elephants, right where you are :whistle:
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Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by Freda » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:12 am

Great report, DB :clap:
We love this trail but have to admit we also did the 'wrong way' thing :redface:
Love the lion pics :D

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Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by alf » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:57 am

Hi DB,

Can you tell me more about the trail please? How much does it cost and do you sleep over on the trail? Do you need a 4x4 vehicle or can you do it with a normal vehicle?
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Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:03 am

Have a look Here Alf, for some good info on all the trails. :D
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Re: Nonokani Adventure Trail

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:58 am

Hi Alf,

We paid R490 for the trail and R100 deposit we had to go back to collect once we had done the trail. And imo - worth every cent.

These are day trails. One can only book them from specific offices on the day you wish to do the trail. And you may only do them with a 4x4. Not because they are particularly difficult, but to preserve the ecology.
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Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by mariusc » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:44 pm

has anyone done this route. is it worthwile to do it.
i have always wondered about reenvoel dam and would like to see it.
then again, i don't want to do the trip and then find the dam dry.
any info would be appreciated.

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Re: nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by Scipio » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:13 am

Marius, having done the trail more than a few times I can assure you it is worth every Minute & every cent. 8)

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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by Stark » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:24 pm

Wow, easy to miss signposts. :)
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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:50 pm

Yes, very easy to miss. And we did. The track along the tele lines is NOT the route to go.... as we discovered after a good while when according to the gps were traveling away from the Olifants River, instead of towards it :roll:
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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by iLoveMeerkats! » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:22 pm

Wow! Great pics -thanks for posting. :clap: :clap: :clap:

What time of the year was this?

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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:18 am

Nice pictures 8)

On a negative note, I have heared SANParks was considering on closing the trail due to general disbehaviour of visitirs, eg. straying from the paths, littering etc.

Not sure if it still will be closed in future.
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Re: Nonokani 4x4 trail

Unread post by geraas » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:38 am

IMHO these trails are overpriced and should not be marketed as 4x4 trails as you hardly require the use of 4x4....if a toyota tazz can do it (not the nonokani trail though, the trail near pretoriuskop) then its more of a money making scheme to drive a private road.
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