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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:35 pm

More from Lourens 8)

Our first Hipppo’s we found along the River on the Backpack Trail from the 9th to 12th of August.

Our first night’s camp and the lovely view of Elephants while taking a bath.

Sunset pictures from our 2nd night’s camping spot.


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Re: Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread post by M.Paxton » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:30 pm

Greetings

Day 3

Up early and ready to walk just after sunrise, day 3 is personally my favorite day. it is the has the most amazing stand of trees on the southern bank, huge jackal berries, apple-leaf, leadwood and the spectacular Matuni/migerhout trees. Which once again can not be described in words or photos.
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the day was hot so the swim during the lunch break was very wellcome. we had a hippo bull charge us from the water but luckly he did not leave the water and we were safely stand high on the river bank. just goes to show the hippo are starting to feel the pressure of the water levels dropping and the long distances they have to travel for grazing during the last months of the dry season.

game for the day included elephant, giraffe, impala, bushbuck, hippo, and crocs.

we arrived close to our camping site for the night early, so we decided to drop the packs and go for a short walk up the mvubu stream. amazingly it still had water in and up stream there was a large rock intrusion through the stream causing the water to form a cristle clear pool below the rocks.

That night at the camp site i counted 26 springhare on the grass bank behind the tents.

the sunset that night was breathtaking
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Re: Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread post by DocD » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:27 pm

@ Rooikat - The trail only runs from 1 April to 31 october, as the weather is milder and the river levels are at their lowest. You also can only make a block booking for 8 people, even if only 3 go.

You can contact Hester (012) 426 5117 about availability or email sanparks reservations directly.

Give me a shout if you need anymore info.
Sometimes its worth walking around with wet shoes all day, if it means you can jump in the puddle.
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Re: Olifants River Back-pack Trail

Unread post by M.Paxton » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:34 pm

Greetings Trail Blazers

Day 4

Not the best day of the trail as you know it is about to end. The morning we did not have far to go so we climbed a koppie that was close by, the veiw was amazing as one could see up stream and down stream of the olifants. Hippo bend (one of the last bends in the river before the end) had all the usal hippo in it even the checky one with the floppy ear. A good trail. So until next time, enjoy.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:25 am

:D Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sunday to Wednesday I did a Olifants River Backpack Trail on short notice and it was awesome!!!!

Sunday just before Donavan dropped Steven Oosthuizen and myself off with the 8 guests we found a herd of Buffaloes. The heat broke everyone in and after a long struggle we reached our 1st camping site. During the 3 and a half day walk we saw herd of Elephants, some Kudu, Waterbuck, Giraffes, Sharpe's Grysbok, a few Saddle Billed Storks, 3 Pels Fishing Owls a spear from the people that lived in the area long time ago, and we ended the trail with a big herd of Buffaloes. Between all the jokes, stories and stunning camping sites we experienced over the 3 and a half days, it was once more the best backpack trail I have done up to so far!!!!

So enjoy another spring day until next time... :D
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Maargat G » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:26 pm

Lourens wrote:The 2 Backpack Trails I have done…


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Re: Oliphants Back-Pack trail

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue May 17, 2011 12:01 pm

drtess, welcome to the forums! :yaya:
I'm sure you will love the trail.
I did the trail in early September 2009. The weather was great. We had some slightly unseasonal weather, it was very hot. During one of the days of our trail, they measured 40 degrees C at Olifants camp. (You don't walk during the hottest part of the day).
The nights were very pleasant. I took only track-suit pants and a light fleece.
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Re: Oliphants Back-Pack trail

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue May 17, 2011 1:20 pm

You're not likely to need thermals. I used a light-weight sleeping bag and a self-inflating pad (like a ThermaRest).

It'll be harder for you, but I took a selection of clothes, and took out what I didn't need based on the weather and the guide's recommendations.
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Re: Oliphants Back-Pack trail

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue May 17, 2011 4:08 pm

It might be cool late at night and early mornings, but expect warm days. I would pack a track suite for warmth. That is all that should be needed.

A light sleeping bag should be sufficient, especially when sleeping in a track suite.
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:42 pm

:popcorn: :popcorn:

The Olifants River Backpack Trail 24th to 27th of August 2011:
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More to come... :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:17 pm

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Olifants trail question

Unread post by yaninaz » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:32 pm

Hi
We have booked the Olifants trail in June.
What time should we expect to be back in Camp on the last morning?

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Re: Olifants trail question

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:00 pm

Around 9 am.
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread post by redwingstarling » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:39 am

We have booked to do the Olifants Wilderness Trail next year (not the backpack but the one where you stay in a bush camp and walk each day). Has anyone done it recently and how does it look after the January 18 flood? I would be keen to get some feedback.

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Re: Olifants Wilderness Trail

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:29 am

Hi there Redwingstarling and a warm welcome!

Great that you have booked such a great activity, sure you are going to have a wonderful experience. :thumbs_up:

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