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Media Release: Limpopo Transfrontier Park Open for Business

Date: 16th August 2005

Mozambique’s Parque Naçional do Limpopo, part of the 3.3-million hectare Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park along with South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, is now open for tourists.

Mozambique’s Parque Naçional do Limpopo, part of the 3.3-million hectare Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park along with South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, is now open for tourists. Situated in western Mozambique, between the Limpopo and Olifants Rivers and sharing a border with Kruger, this swathe of spectacular bush allows adventurous visitors to explore an unfettered wilderness. Three tourism ventures are currently operational or are open for booking.

The Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-trail offers 4x4 owners a unique chance to explore the raw mopaneveld of the Limpopo Park on guided four-night/five-day, self-drive, off-road trails. These leave from Punda Maria camp, in the far northern regions of Kruger, crossing into Mozambique at the Pafuri Border Post, south of famous Crooks’ Corner. From here the trails explore the spectacular scenery of the Limpopo Park heading south eventually ending at the South African Border Post at Komatipoort. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and leaving the group at the Limpopo Park gate, head east to Maputo for a little beach break to round off a well-earned vacation. Although the trails are not technically demanding, the terrain requires a 4x4 vehicle. Trails depart every Friday at 07h30 and cost R3 800 per vehicle, with a maximum of six vehicles allowed. Bookings are made with Hesther van den Berg at SANParks in Pretoria on Tel. 012 426 5117 or e-mail

Machampane Wilderness Trails Camp offers visitors an intimate encounter with wild Africa … on foot. The three-night/four-day trails are based at the luxury Machampane Camp, sited in a fabulous setting overlooking a small waterhole on the Machampane River in the Limpopo Park. Guests walk out from camp every day guided by two armed rangers who not only protect the trailists, but also help interpret the scenery and cultural and ecological comings-and-goings they encounter along the way. The camp sleeps a maximum of eight people, and it is not to be missed at the special introductory price of R2 700 a person for the three nights. This includes all meals, transport in game drive vehicles from Kruger’s Letaba Camp or Massingir in Mozambique and all entrance fees. Not included are all drinks (including soft drinks), visa fees (not required for SA citizens), Kruger entrance and conservation fees and other personal items. Trails commence on 1 November 2005.

Bookings are also open for the rugged Massingir Hiking Trail; the first trail is scheduled for March 2006. This unique, four-night/five-day hiking trail through the Limpopo Park departs from the tree-lined shores of Massingir Dam and follows the Machampane River Gorge west. A maximum of eight guests will be guided by experienced, armed rangers who will protect the trailists while serving as their guides, providing invaluable insight into the ecological functioning of their environment. Participants need to be relatively fit – capable of hiking between 15 and 20 kilometres a day – and self sufficient carrying in their own food, beverages, clothing and sleeping bags, while carrying out their refuse. Each night is spent in a different camp, consisting of small, two-person tents on wooden platforms with a communal lapa were meals will be prepared around an open fire. Basic ablution facilities, water for cooking and washing and firewood is provided. The trail costs R2 600 a person, which includes transport from Letaba Camp in Kruger and Limpopo Park entrance fees. This price does not include meals, snacks, drinks (including water), Kruger National Park conservation fees and accommodation, Mozambique border fees and visas (not required by SA citizens) and other personal items.

For reservations for both Machampane Trails Camp and the Massingir Hiking Trail, contact Bridget Bagley at SANParks in Pretoria on Tel. 012 426 5111 or e-mail. For more information go to http://www.dolimpopo.com/.

For more information on the Shingwedzi 4x4 trails phone Land Rover Adventures in Pretoria on Tel. 012 348 2708, mobile 083 305 8083, e-mail info@landroveradventures.co.za or visit http://www.dolimpopo.com/. For Wilderness and Hiking trail information contact Global Image in Cape Town Tel. 021 701 7860, cell 082-565-6569, e-mail dolimpopo@globalimages.co.za or visit http://www.dolimpopo.com/.

Issued by:
Global Image
Tel. 021 701 7860
E-mail dolimpopo@globalimages.com.

Digital Images are available from Global Images on request.

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