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Unread postby don » Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:32 pm

Hello

We walked the Napi Trail on July 19-22, 2006. It was a wonderful experience. This camp burned a few years ago so the safari tents are relatively new and very comfortable. Hearing the lions and scops owls at night was an experience I will never forget.

Here are some views of the camp.

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The order of the day was early coffee, 3 hour walk in bush, brunch, leisure time, short game drive with short walk and sundowners, followed by dinner...who can argue with that.

The guides were great...here is Saul illustrating the method of maintaining a rhino toilet.

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Typical sunset at Napi

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Those of you who have done a wilderness trail know that they are not done to get up close to the big 5...however, with some luck, and a great guide (Barry was our main guide), you can have some great experiences....and some scary one's too....we walked up on a resting white rhino and quickly had to depart as he was not too pleased with us being there.

We did manage a good view of 3 of the big 5, including the frightening experience with the rhino.

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Another real advantage of these trails is the discussions of nature with the guides...they are very passionate about the park...we had a moving discussion regarding elephant culling. Of course, we also learned quite a bit about the environment and those small creatures one cannot really see from a car.

The group at end of trip. Barry, our guide, is the guy in the rear with the knit cap. The person to his right is Saul who you saw in the rhino toilet and in front is Phinneus, our great camp cook.

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Of the others, four in the photo are South African and four are American and I will leave it to you to figure that out. One of the South Africans arranged for a "bokdrolspoegkompetisie", which was won handily by the Americans...I do not know what this says about our culture but that is how it turned out!

A wonderful experience and if you can do a trail you should.

If there any questions about the Napi trail I will gladly answer them if I can.

Kruger is a jewell that must be protected and preserved...there is no place like it on earth.

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:07 pm

don wrote:One of the South Africans arranged for a "bokdrolspoegkompetisie", which was won handily by the Americans...I do not know what this says about our culture but that is how it turned out!


Hi don,
Not sure how that happened, the Saffies must have let you guys win, for some obscure reason. :tongue:
Thanks for posting a great report on the trail and super pics as well.
So glad you agree on all our sentiments of Kruger. :D
Hope you can come back again some time soon.
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Napi Wilderness trail

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:51 pm

This is how the camp looked in March 2007 after a few years of plant regrowth . Image
The summit of Mathlari is a refreshing climb , and it offers a good view .
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We did not know that this elephant was on the outskirts of a breeding herd which sent us on a rapid retreat near Komapiti waterhole , as we surprised 5 white rhino who raised the alarm with their flight through the thick undergrowth in the direction of the elephants . We crossed a small stream and rapidly moved down wind of them , it seemed that this masked our scent as they did not follow us any further .
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:51 pm

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Napi huts (1992) before the camp burned down about 8 years later . The huts were on stilts right over the Napi spruit with a view of the confluence which was behind and to the right of the camera .
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby YDJanet » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:58 pm

Thanks for posting this. I'm planning to do the Napi Trail in December, and I'm very interested in anything to do with it.

Ek is Amerikaanse! But my hubby is Suidafrikaanse. We love the Kruger, the Kgalagadi, and every other Sanpark we have visited.

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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:19 am

YDJanet -

The trails area covered is mostly level with little climbing in comparison with the more hilly Wolhuter & Bushman trails .
The grass type is predominantly woody thatch type , grazers are not less plentiful than the Wolhuter & Bushman trails - but seeing animals on foot is really a bonus . The scenery along the Biyamiti river area is pleasant .
In my opinion the new camp with en suite facilities is more luxurious than a wilderness trail camp should be , though others may find it suits their needs well .
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:50 am

Anyone else done this trail recently?
Would love to hear all about it. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby YDJanet » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:28 am

My husband and I did the trail last December. The staff was great and very helpful. The first night, we heard lions and they took us out to find them. We watched them for quite a while. The trail walks were about right, although one day it was very hot and we all (even the guides) were so glad to get back. The guides found us a huge buffalo herd and we got quite close. Also saw a lot of rhino. I loved this experience and would go again at a heartbeat.

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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Goronta » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:33 pm

I will do this trail end of july :D and I'm interested in any recent info.
We will be traveling one month in South Africa between July and August and will start by this trail in Kruger before other national parks. :dance:
Is there enough space in the tent to bring luggage or shall we leave it in the car ? Safe enough ?
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:25 am

I have recently been in the area and the vegetation is currently lush as a result of heavy rains .(the picture below date from 2007)

The parking area for Napi trailists at Pretoriuskop can be considered safe as it is in an area that is easily visible .
The accomodation units are large enough (much larger than those on the rest of the KNP trails) to store your baggage and even have en suite shower & latrine ,

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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:28 pm

Sharing an email and pic I received from Raymond Khosa. You will remember him from all the super updates he gave from Berg en Dal while a guide there.

Dear Friends

There is something so special about the African sunset. What I have noticed over the past 12 years of my Guiding, people like our sunset and sun rise, as conservationist it has lots of meanings of which it needs lots of time to explain what is all about; it sets your soul free from stress of all the traffic jams, noise from the city, all the lights and pollution etc. Having dedicated my life as Trails ranger it makes my mind healthy daily when I'm being out doors with guests sharing with them signs of the wild.

See you at Napi trail, home of Giant Eagle owl, Barred owl and Sable antelopes.

Regards
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ImageSunset on the Napi trail by raymond, on Flickr
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby gjorgi » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:26 pm

Hi everyone! My wife and I am planning to do the Napi in August this year. Has anyone done it recently? Some updated photos, experiences etc. would be much appreciated...oh, and also, any idea who the rangers are that will be conducting the Napi trail this year or does it change as the season goes on? Thanks!

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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:47 pm

Hi gjorgi
I have no updated photos as I did Napi trail in july 2013(almost 2 years ago :big_eyes: ) but I don't think there were so many changes since then.
It was a wonderful experience.We were lucky to be only four(2 couples) and we enjoyed the daily walks with our rangers :clap: :clap: :clap:
If you want to see some pictures please find the link below :thumbs_up:

Goronta's On my way to Pafuri - KNP July '13
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K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
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Re: Napi Wilderness Trail

Unread postby gjorgi » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:49 pm

Thanks Goronta

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Napi trail advice?

Unread postby Sofie :) » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:20 am

Dear experienced KNP-visitors,

This year will be our second visit to this incredible piece of planet. Last time (2 years ago) we only planned 2 days which I don’t have to explain, is not long enough. We still have 2 of the big 5 on our wishlist (the cats’s were shy last time). This year we’ll make it up with a stay in Berg-en-Dal, Satara, Pretoriuskop and we’ve bookt a 3 night wilderness trail! In October 2015, Napi is on our program :D

I’m pretty sure we’ll find our way around the camps, game drives and self-drives. It’s the Napi trail that I would love to read other peoples experience. Or the experience of other wilderness trails. There isn’t much information around about these trails and the do’s and don’ts. It’s pretty obvious we have to act as the guide tells us, always be away of the surroundings and enjoy as much as possible. But what should we bring? Do we need to carry our own water and food during the trails? Are gamachen (those things for your legs) advisable? Do we need to bring our own mosquito nets?

Many thanks in advance :gflower:


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