this trip the club will be travelling to two different parks in Limpopo,
the Blouberg Nature Reserve as well as to Mapungubwe. From there the
trip will move on through the Kruger National Park into Mozambique. The
Mozambique leg of the trip will have us travel to Banhine National Park
and give us a look at Massingir Dam.
trip will start as we all meet up late Friday afternoon at Serendipity
(just outside of Mokgopong / Naboomspruit) which is approximately
2˝ hours north of Johannesburg. We will spend the night there, where -
over a fire and a few beers - we can meet our fellow travellers.
the first Saturday of our trip we will kick things off in a proper
manner with a short trail, nothing too difficult, to get into the swing
of things. All those who could not make it to Serendipity on Friday have
the chance to meet up with the rest of the group. We will then make our
way through to Blouberg Nature Reserve. The Reserve has plenty of game
to view and is host to the largest colony of Cape Vultures in Africa! We
will be staying here for 2 nights giving us the entire Sunday to explore
the reserve and surrounding areas.
Monday we will head to Mapungubwe National Park. At the park we will
head to the Treetop walk where we will be able to view the Limpopo and
Sashe rivers’ confluence. The rest of the day will be on 4x4 roads
heading to the west side of the park. The following day will have us see
our way to the east side of the park to take a tour of the interpretive
centre and Mapungubwe Hill.
this we will fit in a few trails before we head for Tshipise Forever
Resort and the hot mineral springs where we will spend 2 nights.
Wednesday will be used to relax and recharge our batteries! This will
also be a chance to say goodbye to the underappreciated ablution
facilities as we begin the real adventure of wild camping!
we cross the border into Mozambique. We will stop at Crooks corner
before heading through to Pafuri Border. Once on the other side the
roads will be bad so our travelling will be slow.
is the day where we throw out the odometer in favour of a clock as the
wild nature of the terrain means distances are no longer measured by
kilometres but rather by hours. This will bring with it the joy of using
our vehicles as they were meant to be! Friday’s goal will be to get to
Banhine National Park. In order to achieve this goal we will have to
cross the Limpopo River. We will pass through Mapai to get to the
entrance gate to Banhine. Depending on the condition of the road
(anywhere from solid to non-existent please take this unofficial
detour!) we will either camp at Domasse or at the main camp at Banhine
(a further 3 hour drive).
On Saturday we will then make our way back to Mapai and recross the
Limpopo. Sunday we will travel southwards exploring the wild and
overgrown part of the park. Our choice for camping this night has a
large variety to choose from.
will sadly, be our last full day of the trip where we will head to
Massingir Dam and Tuesday will see us cross back in to SA as we re-enter
the Kruger through Giriyondo. From there we will say our goodbyes and
all make our way home.
trip will be limited to 6 Vehicles ONLY as some of the areas we will be
exploring I have not been to myself.
estimated cost of the trip is R4950 per person for members (non-members
R5950). This will cover all camping and conservation fees in the Limpopo
National Park only. You are responsible for the conservation fees for
SANP. A Deposit of R2500 secures your place (non-refundable). Trip
shirts cost R375 each, please give size.
crossing fees, fuel costs, and (should it be needed) ferry fees are NOT
included in this cost.
need to be paid and numbers confirmed in order to finalise all necessary
arrangements. All those interested please make bookings through the
few extra things:
Some of the areas we will be traveling to are malaria zones and some
in Mozambique are high-density malaria zones. Please make sure that you
take anti-malarial medication as malaria is no joke. It is not a
pleasant experience and can result in a trip to the hospital. So please
do not listen to tales of “there is no need for the medication” and
make sure you have anti-malarials with you.
note that the roads we will be travelling on we will get very rough and
will not be suitable for caravans or trailers, so please note that no
caravans or trailers will be allowed!
your own water, enough for the trip and 5 days more! It is the one
resource you do not want to run out of!
although we should be able to get fuel at either Mapai or Massingir Dam,
fuel in Africa is unreliable so make sure you go prepared and have
enough to do +/- 1000km (half of which will be in four wheel drive).
is limited to six vehicles.
further information please contact Peter Hutchison email@example.com
the booking form here