Slack Packing Trails on the South African (Kruger national Park) side of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Adventurous travelers can enjoy these hiking/ slackpacking trails on the Kruger side of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Here are some details on each to help you find out which will suit you best.
Just north of Phalaborwa we find Letaba Ranch, which offers the three-night Mtomeni Walking Trail. Your base for this walking trail is beautiful Mtomeni Camp on the banks of the Groot Letaba River. The camp is fully equipped with gas fridges, freezers a kitchen and gas- cooking facilities. Your guide will prepare your meals and offer ice-cold drinks throughout your stay. You will sleep in the camps permanent safari tents which offer fresh linen, en- suite showers and a flush loo.
Walks each day will head out in a different direction covering river trails as well as vast savannahs. We will set out in a series of morning, evening and all-day walks. Walks / hikes will depend on weather conditions, time of year and animal movements.
The trail is best for those who enjoy spectacular scenery as well as long walks. You will be assured to sleep in comfort at night and will learn interesting things about tracking, bush survival and signs of the wild.
You will spend your first night at Singo Safari Lodge in the middle of Makuya Reserve during this four- night hiking trail. From here you will progress to Pandembile and then hike to Luvuvhu Gorge for your second night of bush camping. The hike will finish on the fourth night at Mutale Fall’s camp after covering fairly rough terrain. Due to the level of hiking and the distance covered each day, we advise that only physically fit hikers attempt this trail. The Makuya Hiking Trail is only offered between April and September due to the summer heat.
Your experience will comprise of two nights in the comfort of a camp with all necessary amenities and then two nights bush camping. All food and luggage will be portered; this is an experience for all slack packing enthusiasts to enjoy!
The Makuya Hiking Trail is best suited to those looking for dramatic scenery, spectacular birdlife and a physically demanding hike. The trail covers variety of landscapes and scenery to give you a broad range of experiences.
What to Choose
Similarities on All Trails
All reserves are in game reserves which share unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park. Although animal sightings will be rare, you will be walking in Big 5 territory with dangerous animals around.
Walks/hikes are accompanied by qualified and experienced armed guides and backed up by an armed ranger to ensure your safety.
Trails/hikes have a maximum of 8 hikers per trail.
Trails/hikes will cover between 12 km’s and 15 km’s per day.
All trails/hikes are catered for and luggage and food is portered if required.
Walking is the only set activity each day. The route on each day can also be adjusted and adapted upon depending on animal movements and weather conditions.
Differences on All Trails
Landscape: trails are offered in three different reserves each with their own environment. Letaba Ranch includes great walks along the river and Makuya Park in the north has stunning scenery, mountainous challenges and deep gorges.
Fauna: The Mtomeni and Letaba trails have few visible animals, although many tracks and signs of activity will be visible. Birding is very good in all the areas but is perhaps the most spectacular in the Makuya Trail.
Accommodation: The Mtomeni trail offer fairly luxurious accommodation options using permanent en- suite safari tents. The Makuya trail offers a combination of permanent safari tents, semi- luxury and bush camping.
Number of hikers: Mtomeni Trails are available with as few as 2 participants. Makuya and Letaba Trails requires at least 4 participants to be made available.