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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.

Please see here for more info.
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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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Re: Age limit for KNP Wilderness Trails

Unread post by Yoda » Tue May 24, 2016 10:42 am

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

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Lady at check in said she wouldn't have allowed FIL to do the walk if he hadn't been able to produce the Dr note
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Fri May 27, 2016 4:22 pm

As Imberbe has explained on the previous page, its not only a guide line but to protect yourself and other trailists from perhaps someone who is not as fit and or healthy as they should be for such an activity.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Rooies » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:23 pm

Not a question, but something about trails in general; In his book "Kruger, a Supreme African Wilderness" Bruce Aiken quoted former ranger Johan Kloppers,

"In my opinion, the greatest value of wilderness trails is their therapeutic value. Man was once a hunter/gatherer, and lived in a natural environment with its harmony and natural cycles. I believe we have a deep-seated or subconscious desire to return to the peace and harmony of that environment"
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Throwdown » Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:08 pm

Question on the return for the Sweni trail, It says the return is after breakfast. Will I need to book Satara for that evening or will the trail return in time for me to hightail it over to Tamboti?

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:38 pm

You will have more than enough time to reach Tamboti.
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wilderness trail booking

Unread post by Rivers2Run » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:52 pm

I thought it was a requirement to be booked at the rest camp the night before the trail. This was to avoid waiting for people. Just wondered has this policy changed?

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Re: wilderness trail booking

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:08 pm

I understand that to be the policy from Here

Visitors doing the Wilderness Trails should book accommodation prior to departure in the appropriate camp.

Why do you ask R2R?

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Re: wilderness trail booking

Unread post by Rivers2Run » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:37 pm

There seems to be some variation on that policy with people coming late. I don't have all the facts, so no complaints, just wanted to be sure I understood it correctly.

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Re: wilderness trail booking

Unread post by Afriphile » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:31 pm

I have done many wilderness trails and have never stayed in the departing camp the night before.I have ,however , always made sure that I arrived on time,with all my last minute shopping done.That is common courtesy to the guides and your fellow trailists.
This December we are on the Sweni trail,again,which departs from Satara and we are staying in Lower Sabie the night before.We will be in Satara by midday,plenty of time to eat ,book onto trail and sort out last minute things.
Our last triails ,were delayed by"didn't realise it would take so long from Joberg", and a newbie couple who stopped for 1 hour to watch Ellie's that they had never seen before.
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Re: wilderness trail booking

Unread post by jjames04 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:21 am

We have never had the book accommodation at the departure camp the night before a trail. The Check-in are between 2-3PM and as long as you adhere to that you should be ok. We did the Wolhuter and Sweni Trails in July 2015 and are booked on the Oliphants and Napi Trails for July 2017. They are all great and in my opinion will pretty much ruin you for doing driving only trips in the future. The sightings are fewer but the primal feel of truly being part of the food chain you get on the trail is addictive. Hope you get the one you want.

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