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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:29 pm

Please let me know how it goes Sharky!
Will be keeping fingers crossed.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby chirinda » Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:45 pm

I can't find much information about ticks on walking trails.

One presumes ticks are more numerous in the summer, anyone know how prevalent they are in September? Or is it the rains that bring them out?

I also wonder about the repellants which are available, as to whether the smell of them can be a problem on walks. One would assume that highly scented lotions should be avoided.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:12 am

Chirinda, ticks can be a problem any time of the year. I have often had bites from the little pepper ticks in particular.

We have had burning here and I had hoped that it is would get rid of ticks for a while. Even with the fire, frost and dryness, I am having to use tick repellent on my dogs. I should imagine Kruger would be worse.

I think we smell like walking pharmaceutical factories as it is. :wink: Soap, deodorant, washing power....it adds to rather an interesting mix.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:32 pm

Ticks can be a problem, especially the type which is called pepper ticks. These are small pin sized ticks which usually bite you in numbers, leaving you with ugly and itching bites. They like biting in covered areas, especially your socks, the legs of long pants, etc. This can happen any time, but they are more abundant in the summer.

You can use "Bayticol" which is very effective. You spray your clothes before the trip. Never spray it on your body. It lasts for up to three washes on your clothing. It can be found at pharmacies.
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Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Rivers2Run » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:24 pm

I have to choose between Sweni and the new Mathikithi, somehow I managed to book both but I must choose. Which Wilderness trail would you rather do? We are from the USA so we don't do this often this is only my second trip to Kruger. We will be doing this in early September 2016.

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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:24 pm

Rivers2Run, have you had a read through Wilderness Trails FAQ and also Here for lots of info and advice on each of the trails.
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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:55 am

Hello there Rivers2Run.

I am going to say that the Sweni trail is very popular and often booked out quickly. It is something to think about.
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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:46 am

Here is a recent trip report on the Sweni trail.

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopi ... 4&start=90
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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Rivers2Run » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:42 pm

Oh thanks for the advice and the links! We may go with Sweni, I was surprised I got both! I put the Sweni in via email and didn't think it would be considered since it was before 11 months in advance. After learning more I decided to go with the phone for our reservation I told them either trail would be fine and managed to be the first people they talked to (at least one staff person). Then later the Sweni confirmation popped up, I was so surprised. :dance: So we are going 21 days and 2 wilderness trails, the other is Olifant, I am beyond excited.

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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:50 pm

Great sure your trip is going to be a very exciting and fulfilling one! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wilderness trail choices

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:07 am

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.
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