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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

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Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:04 pm

Thank you tribal71 and Elsa.

Maybe, to avoid confusion and worry (and possible expense), it could be made clearer on the booking form that this is the case. I always thought it was only over-65's (me next year!!) that needed the doctor's signature, but it was certainly not at all clear on the form shown by tribal71. The reservation people also need to be brought up to speed on this issue.
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Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:13 pm

Hopefully this will happen now due to the confusion and uncertainty!
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Lesego » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:23 am

Hippotragus wrote:Thank you tribal71 and Elsa.

Maybe, to avoid confusion and worry (and possible expense), it could be made clearer on the booking form that this is the case. I always thought it was only over-65's (me next year!!) that needed the doctor's signature, but it was certainly not at all clear on the form shown by tribal71. The reservation people also need to be brought up to speed on this issue.


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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:09 am

Imberbe wrote:I would go for Mathikithi if I were you. :lol:

Sweni is brilliant in its own right and has established a reputation for excellent game viewing, especially given its habitat.

But Mathikiithiki is new, so is it's facilities. You will be part of starting a new experience in KNP.

As a bonus it is in the same general vicinity and type of habitat as Sweni. This is sure to rival Sweni for game viewing.


I would just like to give some feedback on the Mathikithi trail.

My daughter went on the trail with a few friends from the UK. They all give it a thumbs up.

They were most impressed with the guides, their knowledge and enthusiasm. They found the tents very comfy and the food excellent.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Rivers2Run » Fri May 13, 2016 3:02 am

We will be doing a couple of wilderness trails in September, there is at least one person who is over 65 and I dare say he is in incredible shape puts me to shame. So he will have to fill out this medical form and have it signed by his Doctor. Does it have to be within 30 days of the trip? The rest of us can fill out the form ourselves is that correct? Some of this does seem a little over the top and confusing. :wall:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri May 13, 2016 5:03 am

Hi Rivers2Run :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Lucky you.

I should imagine that the main issue is about being alerted to any chronic condition or medication. Something like diabetes, or high blood pressure would need special awareness.
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Unread post by Rivers2Run » Fri May 13, 2016 7:26 am

I understand that part just wondered about the hearing and eyesight I would have to go to a specialist to have that accurately filled out, fortunately I am under 65 . I am really excited about this trip 21 day and 2 wilderness trails, just don't want any disappointments because we didn't fill out the form properly. :dance:

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Fri May 13, 2016 8:07 pm

Rivers2Run wrote:The rest of us can fill out the form ourselves is that correct? Some of this does seem a little over the top and confusing. :wall:

Yes, that is correct as per this post

tribal71 wrote:Today I got following email by Sanparks:


Good Day

You can complete it yourself if you under the age of 65, only when you 65 and older that a doctor should complete it for you.

Kind Regards
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That information is ok for me :)
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat May 14, 2016 12:19 am

Rivers2Run wrote:... Some of this does seem a little over the top and confusing. :wall:


It might seem a lot of effort, but on the trails good health is a very important factor.

One member of the party with health problems will severely affect the whole group.

But even more important than that, it may have serious consequences in terms of safety and impact on resources.

Can you i.e. imagine someone having to be evacuated from the middle of a wilderness area during the night? Consider the effect on the safety of a group during i.e. a potential dangerous animal situation if someone has a serious medical situation?

Obviously this may happen to people under the age of 65 as well. So do take care! But given the impact of a wilderness trail (and with the back pack trails having the added pressure of carrying a back pack) the risk just increases with age.

I have seen trailists starting off real well but after a day or two being rather less sturdy on their feet.
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Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by oceandweller » Thu May 19, 2016 9:13 pm

Hi! We (my partner & I) have been on 2 Wilderness Trails in the KNP, the Bushmans & Olifants Trails. Both were fantastic experiences. Now we'd like to do another. However, when I looked at the trails available I saw there's now an upper age limit of 65. This definitely didn't apply previously, because when we did the Olifants trail one of the people was 80 (he was the fittest of us all, too). Does anyone know if that limit is strictly enforced? We're now 66 but strong experienced walkers (last year we did the Pennine Way here in the UK, with several days over 30kms, over mountains as well, not the gentle bushveld plains). I'm hoping the 65 age limit is flexible - maybe people over that age need a doctor's certificate or something? Does anyone have any definite information? Thanx

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Re: Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu May 19, 2016 9:40 pm

Hi and a warm welcome to the forums, Oceandweller :D
This limit is enforced but you could still do the trails.

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Re: Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by Yoda » Fri May 20, 2016 9:50 am

I don't know if this applies to the KNP Wilderness trails, but....

My FIL and I did the Otter Trail last November.
He is over 65. One of the requirements of a person of this age group, is they need a letter from a Dr saying they are fit and well and in general good physical shape. My FIL went to a Dr, wa given a heart stress test, and a general "once over" and was given the letter giving him the ok to do the trail.

When we checked in at the start of the trail, he was asked to produce the letter.
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Re: Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by Bundi » Fri May 20, 2016 10:10 am

I believe the age limits are more a guideline than anything else.

I would recommend that you get into contact with your trails ranger before the trail and discuss this with him. It all depends on the group as well. When it is a closed group, it will be more acceptable.

In terms of age it goes the other way as well. My son was 11 when I took him on his first Kruger backpack trail and I have heard stories of even younger people doing back pack trails, which is normally more strenuous than the wilderness trails.

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Re: Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by Platjan » Fri May 20, 2016 10:41 am

yoda wrote:I don't know if this applies to the KNP Wilderness trails, but....

My FIL and I did the Otter Trail last November.
He is over 65. One of the requirements of a person of this age group, is they need a letter from a Dr saying they are fit and well and in general good physical shape. My FIL went to a Dr, wa given a heart stress test, and a general "once over" and was given the letter giving him the ok to do the trail.

When we checked in at the start of the trail, he was asked to produce the letter.


+1 My FIL also had to produce a Dr's note.
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