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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:44 am

I recall reading a report that a group on the Mphongholo BPT (?) camped outside of their tents in the open against a large anthill or similar earthen feature which provided protection from the rear .
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am

As the safety of hikers is of major importance, all participants have to bring tents and sleep in them every night while they are walking the trail.

Copied from the information for the Mphongholo Trail.......the same applies to the other 2 trails.
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread post by Rooies » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:58 pm

Sleeping out in the open is a definate no no. Even sleeping in a tent with the door open is dangerous. A week before we arrived at third bridge in Moremi Botswana, a boy aged 9 was killed by a hyena. He left the door open because he wanted to take pictures of the prowling hyenas. He fell asleep and a hyena charged in and killed the boy.

I have read travel reports by hunters from the early 1800s that trekked with oxen through the interior. In the book is a gruesome story of a labourer that slept next to the wagon. A hyena came and bit a huge chunk out of the man's face. He was maimed for life.
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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread post by shrew » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:00 pm

I recently did the Mphongolo Trail with Jannie Jurgens and Marina Visser, they are great guides and I will reccomend them anytime. I am doing the lonely bull next year and will request these two to guide us. I discussed it with them and they said it is possible to book them in advance.

Look forward to my next trail with these two, and think any other trailers will do well to request them

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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread post by Bundi » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:40 am

It is possible to request your guides and I did so again with Mphongolo which finished this past Saturday and have already discussed my dates for Lonely Bull and Olifants with them for next year.

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Re: best wilderness trails in May

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:55 am

Hi Juno, I have done trails twice in May and would highly recommend that time of year. Each trail has magic, so I think it will be a matter of availability.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by sharky74 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Forgive me for asking a question that I’m sure has been asked a thousand times. But I’m having a nightmare of a time trying to book the Olifants trail for Nov 23rd. I have a Sanparks login but cannot find the Wilderness trails online to book. I have sent an email to reservations@sanparks.com but no reply yet. I did the Sweni trail last year and loved it, but had no trouble booking it. Please help!
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Oryx » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:29 pm

Juno, each trail is unique so take your pick. I agree with others that it will depend on availability. Weatherwise, late May is great but then I also like August when it is dry and the days are not too hot yet. An experienced trail ranger who interacts well with the group is an important aspect.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:43 pm

Sharky, not sure why you are having a problem booking the trail?

Did you use the address given in # 12 Here

Otherwise you can maybe try This booking form and see if it helps.

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Phokojwe » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:09 pm

Hi sharky74

Are you looking to book the Olifants Wilderness Trail?
http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ifants.php
or the Olifants Backpack Trail
http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ifants.php


You can try booking via the online form here for the Wilderness Trails http://sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/tou ... ooking.php
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by sharky74 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:43 am

Thanks Elsa and Phokojwe for the information. I have requested the Olifants trail through both means you highlighted, now fingers crossed for a reply. The email address I had previously tried but no response, so will see how i go this time. As for the online system I can get into no worries, and book camps easily but simply cannot find the link to the trails bookings. So thank you for that link as well. Now just waiting for confirmation of a reserved spot for the trail so i can book camps for the other days, and get flights sorted. Very frustrating waiting as there are some perimeter spots available on some camps, but only one left. Hope i don’t miss out!

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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