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Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread post by janitha » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:15 am

Hi all,

Me and my friends will be doing the Wilderness Trail (Metsi Metsi trail) early next month and were wondering if we should be bringing sleeping bags, or will beds/sheets be provided by the camp?

While on the same subject, anything else that's a good idea to bring?

Thanks,
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Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:04 am

Hi Janitha, you don't need sleeping bags for the conventional trails, in actual fact, you will be thoroughly spoilt with a very comfortable beds, crisp linen and delicious food.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

Sleeping bags are only needed for the wilderness walking trails.
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Re: Sleeping bag necessary for wilderness trail?

Unread post by gjorgi » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:16 am

Hi Janitha,

I did the Metsi-Metsi in May and I can assure you there is no need for a sleeping bag or any linen etc. You'll love it!! They treat you almost like royalty and the whole experience is just amazing!!!

Enjoy!!! :mrgreen:

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What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?

Unread post by BarbMc » Sat May 04, 2013 12:39 pm

Hi All,

We are visiting KNP for the first time in July - sooo excited as the time approaches. We're travelling from the UK and staying just outside the park for the first few days and have booked onto Bushmens wilderness trail for 24/7. At the moment ours (3 of us) is the only booking, leaving 5 spaces. I've read elsewhere on the forum that a minimum number of 4 is needed for the trail to go ahead. Can anyone confirm that this is the case? What happens if the number isn't reached? has anyone had a trail cancelled for this reason? I'm a bit worried as there is a very limited availability of other accomodation for these dates and there they'll be less as time goes on.......
Oh and a big thank you , these forum pages are just stuffed full of brilliant advice!

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Re: What happens if wilderness trails are cancelled?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon May 06, 2013 1:30 pm

I do not think for a moment you will be left in the lurch BarbMc.

If it is cancelled, it would greatly inconvenience you as overseas visitors, and that would result in adverse publicity, and loss of revenue to Kruger.

If Joep Stevens sees this thread I'm sure he will put your mind at rest.

It might be worth asking if anyone on the forum would like to join you.
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Tipping on trails

Unread post by Sookie » Mon May 13, 2013 8:17 pm

Am doing one of the 3 night trails soon and was wondering what the tipping etiquette is for guides and camp staff. Thanks for any input you can give.

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Re: Tipping on trails

Unread post by Elsa » Tue May 14, 2013 10:32 am

I think it s a pretty individual thing, if you feel you received great service and would like to give the guides a tip, then do so.

More on Tipping in general here.
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3 Day Walk

Unread post by seancscully » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:05 pm

Hi,

I'm looking for some feedback on the three day walks from the rest camps. Which ones are the best and I know they leave on Sundays and Wednesdays but at what time? I assume you can leave you car and gear somewhere and go with a smaller pack? Do they provide mosquito nets?


Thanks, Sean

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Re: 3 Day Walk

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:59 am

Hi

They tend to depart at 2pm or 3pm depending on the trail.

There is no "best" one, as each one has its own attraction.

You leave your vehicle and excess baggage in a rest camp and depart by game viewing vehicle from there.

You get two types of trails:

The first uses a base camp in which you sleep. Guests walk circle routes and sleep in the same camp for three nights. They are fully equipped with huts, beds and nets. Catering is done by a staff member.

The second type is the back pack routes which does not utilise a base camp. Here you supply and carry all you need, including your own tent and food.
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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Inri » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:15 pm

Hi all,

I booked the Metsi Metsi for september. Does anyone know if there are a lot of mosquitos in this area in september, I can imagine it depends of the distance of the camp to the river, does anyone know the situation? Are the mosquito nets OK? Or better take your own?

How many luggage can you take with you to the camp? Is your car with the luggage you don't use safe at the departing point?

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Re: Wilderness Trails - FAQ

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:23 pm

Inri, I can't imagine the mosquitoes will be too much of a problem in September but that is not to say there won't be any and one should always take precautions.
Not sure if there are mozzie nets but sure someone will be able to say for sure.
I am sure your car and possessions will be perfectly safe at camp.
Have you had a read Metsi Metsi
See there are others who are also going on the trail in September. :thumbs_up:
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Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:50 pm

How easy/possible is it to request specific guides when booking a backpack trail?
Would you choose a specific guide, or just go for 'the luck of the draw'?
If I am able to request specific guides, who would you recommend? (and why?)
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Re: Backpack trails - specific guides

Unread post by Phokojwe » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi Josh

You can send an email to Tshepo Mathebula (tshepo.mathebula@sanparks.org) and Bridget Bagley (bridget.bagley@sanparks.org).

The trail allocation for guides usually happens in the 2nd week of January each year. So if you have a reservation before this you can just mail them with your reservation number.

It would be best also to check with the guide you are requesting if they are available for that specific date for the trail in question, especially if this is after the trails have been allocated to the guides for the year.

If you don't mind you can "go for the luck of the draw" :lol: Generally all the guides I have come across are great.

Personally I have built a relationship with Jannie Jurgens over the years and we are good friends and keep in regular contact even when I am not in the park.
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread post by Phokojwe » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:59 pm

We spoke to our guide about this when we did the ORBT and generally it is not allowed.
I think this case was an exception for whatever reasons..
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Re: Backpack trails - sleeping out in the open

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:18 pm

It is not allowed in Kruger itself on their trails. I have done it in greater Kruger though.....
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