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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Carla + Tony » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:33 pm

Goronta thank you for the info. We will just have to wait and see if there is a separate parking area at Satara.
I am sure we too will be hiding everything out of sight :whistle:

Hi Hugh, think we will be doing the same, just pack the one case and a bag with drinks (would be a shame to miss out on them sundowners! :D )

Thanks for the advice meandering mouse, especially the one about the sundowners :thumbs_up:
We do like to talk about all we have seen that day while enjoying a nice (preferably alcoholic :redface: ) drink
Will make sure we take warm clothes as we have done on previous visits to the park :thumbs_up:

Not long to go now. Have done walks before but this will be our first trail. Can't wait!

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70 year old?

Unread post by Mungos mungo » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:05 pm

Hi guys,

I was hoping to take my dad on one of these trails for his 70th, but I see the maximum age is 65. He is fit and has done a lot of walking/canoeing in various wildernesses. Is there any way of getting him in? Maybe a doctors note or something.

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Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:19 pm

As far as I know, anyone over 65 has to produce a doctor's certificate stating that they are fit to do the walk/trail. That applies to walks from camps, walks from bush camps and, I presume, walking trails.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:57 pm

Correct. A doctor's certificate is required for any walk/wilderness trail/backpack for any participant over 65 years old.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Mungos mungo » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:46 pm

Thanks All. Good to know regarding doctors certificate!
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Unread post by Hugh » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:54 pm

My hubby did the Nyalaland trail when he was 71 .. and just took a certificate . it was some of the younger folk who struggled a bit ...
So go for it I am sure he will enjoy it
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Unread post by nquinn » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:28 am

Question for all of those who have done Wilderness Trails:

I wil be coming to KNP for my first visit, and was considering one of these trails (probably Sweni).

However, after reading through this FAQ, it sounds like there are far fewer animal sightings than in cars, which makes me think it would be a bad idea.

I will be arriving the evening of Dec 4th, and staying through the 10th (could possibly even do the 11th).

2 options, which would you go with for your first, and probably only time in KNP?

Option 1: Wilderness Trail Option
Dec 4 - arrive/stay in lower sabie
Dec 5 - lower sabie explore / sunrise and sunset game drives
Dec 6 - drive to satara, 3:30pm begin sweni trail
Dec 7 - sweni trail
Dec 8 - sweni trail
Dec 9 - sweni trail
Dec 10 - free to explore wherever

Option 2: Self organize everything
Dec 4 - arrive/stay in lower sabie, maybe a night drive
Dec 5 - lower sabie explore / sunrise and sunset game drives
Dec 6 - self drive to Satara, spend 1 night here to break up the drive to Olifants. Sunset drive.
Dec 7 - Self drive to Olifants. Sunset drive olifants.
Dec 8 - Olifants morning walk / sunset drive
Dec 9 - Olifants sunrise drive / sunset drive or whatever
Dec 10 - free to explore wherever

Basically... mostly wilderness trail, or do about 2 camps with a mix of individual drives & walks?

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:28 am

The wilderness trails are more about experiencing the bush, the sights, smells the small and interesting things that one doesn't usually get to see from the confines of ones car, but that's not to say one doesn't get to see the big animals as well and the guides are well trained to keep the guests in a safe place to do so. 8)
My advice might be to do a trail and then also self drive, and add in a guided sunset or night drive at one of the camps so you can get the best of both worlds.
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Unread post by Afriphile » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:32 am

Agree with Elsa,do the Sweni trail.
One thing to consider is the time of year and heat factor.
If you are the type who "wilts" at 30c plus,then a trail (no aircon or pool) may be uncomfortable in the Oct to March season.
The trails are certainly an experience and I would certainly recommend one,and mixed with self drive ,you get an overall experience.
Also ,as you are travelling solo,the trails have great social element,as everyone mixes in for the 3 days.
Hope you enjoy,
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by grimesd » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:39 pm

In need of advice
Coming from the states to do the Napi and Bushman's trail back to back mid October 2018 Cant wait!
What kind of mosquito protection works best for sleeping ? Do the camp beds come with netting, or do you bring your own ?
How is the drinking water situation, is it all bottled or well sourced ? Do people filtrate ?
Is there any power source to recharge camera batteries ? We will be off the grid for 8 days maybe a small solar panel ?
Our first trip two years ago to Kruger was so great and vowed to come back.
Thanks for any help
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:17 am

DG, while you wait for someone to give further info do have a read through the topics on the 2 trails. :thumbs_up:

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