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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by A Free Living Guide » Thu May 07, 2015 10:03 pm

Ive just come off back to back Mphongolo trails.
We had some interesting experiences :D

Two of my guests got engaged in the middle of the dry Phugwane river bed one evening at sunset, what a beautiful place to pop the question… :k

One night while sitting around a small campfire we had an Elle bull in mhust walk past our tents in the darkness.
We couldn't see him, but the breez was right and we could smell him.
He drank for a long time in the river bed close to our camp and we listened to his breathing and the gallons of water pouring out of his trunk and down his throat... He was that close.
We watched him in the moonlight as he walked up the dry riverbed past our camp.
A massive animal moving slowly and deliberately in the moonlight.
He disappeared slowly into the darkness, as quietly as he had arrived…

Wilderness is such a special place, and it is such a privilege to be in it!

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 07, 2015 11:00 pm

Sounds just magical!

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:45 pm

Have done the Mphongolo trail for the third time this year July, and it was simply amazing! I've never had that much elephant on foot! We had encounters with up to 3 heards a day, been held up by three young bulls and intimidated by a bull in must! Nevetheless we had awesome sightings, running giraffe's, a huge herd of buffalo, zebra, kudu, too much to mention! Expereinced awe-inspiring sounds at night, including a herd of elephants moving through the branches 50m away. Hyena's, lion's, pearl spotted and scops owl all formed an chaotic choir in the African night! I long for a repeat already!

There is nothing more beautiful than such a trail :D Will soon post some pics if I have time.
Tlopi 11 July Tambotie 12 July, Olifants Backpack trail 13-16 July, Letaba 16 July, Balule 17 July, and Sable Hide 18 July and Lower Sabie 19-20 July Can't wait actually :)

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue May 10, 2016 9:28 am

Pictures of our last Mphongolo backpack trail (2015). We had at least 3 elephant sightings each day with numerous other general game sightings, probably the second best trail I had!

Enjoy the pictures, they speak for themselves.

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue May 10, 2016 9:30 am

Here first the video of our 'scary elephant experience'. There was a short article in the Africa Geographic

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue May 10, 2016 9:37 am

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Tue May 10, 2016 9:39 am

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 12, 2016 12:51 pm

Fantastic pics GS and as for the ellie encounter, well handled by the guides but I think my legs would have been very wobbly for a long time after that.
Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu May 12, 2016 3:16 pm

It seems like you walked the Phugwane area?
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Re: Mphongolo Back Pack Trail

Unread post by G@mespotter » Fri May 13, 2016 10:13 am

Imberbe wrote:It seems like you walked the Phugwane area?


Yes we did, it was wonderful and Wayne and Janet are awesome guides :) There was plenty of water which made it excellent for gameviewing.
Tlopi 11 July Tambotie 12 July, Olifants Backpack trail 13-16 July, Letaba 16 July, Balule 17 July, and Sable Hide 18 July and Lower Sabie 19-20 July Can't wait actually :)


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