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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:31 am

Can a 74 year old, fit, healthy man (my dad) do a Morning Walk? Would he need a letter from his GP perhaps?

The pace of the walks I have been on is pretty slow, with lots of stopping and my dad hikes briskly for exercise mist days - in fact I reckon many a 30 year old would struggle to keep up with him!

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:34 am

Hi Graham

Yes, as long as he brings a letter from his doctor to say he is fit enough :thumbs_up: (Anyone over 65 needs to supply such a letter if they wish to go on walks.)

Not specifically relating to your dad, but to all who go on walks; I do not think the pace is the only issue - there are often stops to listen to the guides share info on the bush, and I have never found them to be 'cardio training sessions' - the guides are mindful of the group's comfort. I think good hearing, alertness and ability to react quickly to instructions should one (on a very outside chance) walk into a situation that needs one to react quickly is also something to be considered. For all ages who go on the walks.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:00 am

Thanks DB, much appreciated. I will make sure he does that.

I take your point about alertness and reacting quickly - on my first ever morning in the park, three trips ago, my wife and I did the Olifants Morning Walk - we encountered a hippo in a shallow pool off the S90 (I think). After rounding a corner, we found ourselves right on top of it. Luckily it left the water hole and went away from us!

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Best clothing for Wilderness Trail and Mornng Walks in August

Unread post by nancybsimmons » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:01 pm

I know that neutral colored clothing (brown, khaki, etc) is necessary for the walks, which means that my whole family is going to need new outerwear for our trip. But what I am nit sure about is exactly what we will need for August temperatures in Kruger. Fleece jackets or something heavier? Patagonia down sweaters or jackets? I am not sure what we'll need. How cold are mornings in August?
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Dan » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:38 pm

Hi Nancy and welcome. August tends to be bit nippy in the mornings. What i would suggest is that that you layer you're clothes rather than wear one heavy jacket. Full sleeve shirt with a light jersey and light jacket over that. As you get warmer when youre a while into the walk you can take it of. A word of advice, take a light backpack for water and binos and such as well as the clothes you take of. Dont wear polarfleece, you'll have a difficult time cleaning of all the seeds etc. when you get back to camp. :slap: :wall: A jean like material works the best. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Best clothing for Wilderness Trail and Mornng Walks in August

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:25 pm

nancybsimmons wrote:
Graham_5000 wrote:
I have done two walks in August. By the end of the walk I was in a T-shirt, but I started with a fleece on. The walk starts with a drive to an isolated area. You will need to be prepared for serious wind chill on this drive as the vehicle is open. A scarf and a wooly hat would do wonders, and my wife swears by ear muffs! On the drive back after the walk, you will probably not need any more than a fleece on the vehicle, as the sun will have been up a couple of hours or so.


Thanks! That's just what I need to know.

Now, about colors.... is a dark blue jacket acceptable on a Walk? My husband has a wind shell and a fleece that are both that color. I know I will have to find a substitute for my more brightly-colored gear, but does he need earth-tone replacements too?


Dark navy will be fine. I personally have several green and brown T-shirts and fleeces, but I have noticed that most people wear any colour on walks. I have seen bright yellow and pink! You could always buy some SANParks branded clothing in one of the camp shops, but I wouldn't worry too much about it other than by avoiding really garish colours!

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Dan » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:07 pm

Quite correct. You dont need to dress like a Navy seal team on a mission. Its glamorous but unnesasary. Any dark colours wil do. Do all my walks with jeans. If you got camoes or khaki, its fine. But not nesasary to go out of your way to go and buy it. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Info walks taken from camps and health certificate

Unread post by hamboneco » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:13 pm

I am wondering if there has been any more detail posted about what should appear in "fitness certificate", in the last couple years??? I found a form for the wilderness trails, but that looks like a fairly rigorous physical is required. The Park sent me an indemnity form with my walk confirmation, but not a fitness form.

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:44 pm

As far as I know, only all persons 65 or over have to present a medical certificate - even for the walks from camps. I know someone who was not allowed to go on a walk because they did not have the medical certificate.

If you are under 65, I think the indemnity form is all that is required.

If in doubt contact the camp in question and ask them.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by hamboneco » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:58 pm

Thanks for your quick response. I am indeed over 65, and very fit, but just want to make sure I am not denied my walks. On your suggestion, I sent emails to both the Hospitality Services Director and the Duty Manager at Satara (not sure really who to contact---if you have a better idea, let me know). If i receive any responses, I will post them here. Can anybody else offer any advice?

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by MATTHYS » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:13 pm

More info that might be helpful to you here , Hamboneco.
Not sure if this applies to walks too though.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps (fitness certificate)

Unread post by hamboneco » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:37 pm

Thanks for your response, Matthys. Yes, I had seen the medical form for the wilderness trails and am very much hopeful that these rather detailed forms are not needed for the leisurely morning walks. I note that this form was not included in the reservation package sent to me. At this point, I am ASSUMING that I only need a letter from my doctor saying that I have no known health issues which might prevent me from these walks. But it would be good to get some confirmation from the Park. Based on past experience, these seems to be a lot of post-65 visitors to the Park, so this topic must come up frequently

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Re: Info walks taken from camps (fitness certificate)

Unread post by hamboneco » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:30 pm

Just an update---I sent emails to various people in Kruger and received one response (below) to my question about what constitutes a fitness certificate, which fairly well confirms our expectation. So much thanks to Bridget for clarifying that there is no particular form to fill out!

"Good Day

You will need to take a doctors letter along, stating that you are medically fit, to participate on this 3 hour walk.

Thank You"


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Bridget Bagley
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Specialised Reservation(Trails)
Tel:(012)426-1044
Fax(012)343-2006

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:59 pm

Good to know and thanks hamboneco!
Enjoy the walk! :thumbs_up:

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Cameras & binoculars Lower Sabie Walk - Early April.

Unread post by Helol » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:59 pm

Hello everyone

I am visitinig KNP, for the first time since I was a child in the 1970's. My husband will be staying in the UK (under strict instruction on what/when/ to feed our cats :) ) so I will be alone for trip; just me, my hire car, and my camera. I have booked on the Lower Sabie morning walk, and this will be in the first week of April.

Anyway, I have been know to take a few photos (!), and I do have a few questions:

1. Am I right in thinking I should not bother bringing my 100-400 lens with me on the walk, and just bring the standard 18-135mm lens? The 100-400 is quite heavy, and being only 5ft nothing tall, it can get pretty heavy when lugging it around with me! Plus, I figure this is an opportunity of getting some good shots up close and personal to insects and other stuff (though not keen on the spiders!).

2. I have a really good pair of binoculars (Carl Zeiss), and if it was a choice between binoculars or the large lens, I would rather (for practical reasons) bring the binocs Would this be the better option?

My only reservation, is that I like to photograph birds, and as always, like to be 'ready' for that one photo, however my priority is comfort on a walk. Also, photographing birds, is something I prefer to do whilst alone, as I can sit for a very long time just observing their behaviour, which obviously is not ideal on a walk in a group in KNP!

Last but not least - Are the Lower Sabie walks primarily on flat land (large stones, and uneven ground etc is not a problem), but I hesitate a little if the walks are on very steep slopes. I actually live in woodland on the side of a hill, so used to lots of uneven ground, but would rather do without the steepness!.

Many thanks for any info.


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