The Mafunyane 4x4 Eco-Trail is a four day (three nights) self-catering guided adventure activity in the north western section of Kruger National Park between the Olifants and Luvuvhu Rivers.
4x4 trails allow the visitor to get off the beaten track and explore territories of the park that are rarely seen. The 4x4 vehicles are essential to minimize environmental damage, and they serve as the gateway to a real wilderness experience in the park. Some of the trails have dongas or river beds that would make normal vehicles unfit for these trails, especially during the wet season. Because the adventure trails are not gravelled, they are usually closed after a rainfall in order to dry completely. The trails are self-drive and undertaken at one's own risk. Participants should note that there are no facilities along the routes. Please take great care at all times, especially when alighting from vehicles, and be aware of potential dangers. Participants are requested to take their GPS along. There is currently one adventure trail available within the KNP. A maximum of six vehicles are allowed per trail per day.
The Mafunyane 4x4 Eco-Trail is a four day (three nights) self-catering guided adventure activity in the north western section of Kruger National Park between the Olifants and Luvuvhu Rivers. The trail route covers a distance of approximately 270km and all participants are required to drive their own 4x4 vehicles, with provisions for the four day trip, including tents and camping gear, sufficient supply of water, firewood and food. A knowledgeable and professional trail guide will lead the trail and also provide the necessary interpretation en route.
Road conditions vary from reasonably good to sections with steep inclines, crossing of streams and rivers and muddy sections during or after rain and therefore only 4x4 vehicles with proper 4x4 trailers or caravans are allowed.
Overnight sites have a fireplace, enviro-friendly toilets and a shower for which you heat your water on the fire.
The trail departs from Phalaborwa Gate every Thursday afternoon (at 12:00) and ends at Punda Maria Camp on Sunday morning and will operate during the dry season from 1 March to 30 November. Only 5 vehicles plus the guide vehicle are allowed on the trail at any one time. A maximum of 4 persons are allowed per vehicle. No children under 12 years unless arranged prior to departure.
Please note that the trail may be cancelled at short notice due to heavy rainfall or any other management related issue such as uncontrolled fires, anti-poaching operations and unforeseen conservation activities in the area. In such event, guests will be informed as soon as possible guests will be fully refunded.
The Kruger National Park is a malaria area and participants must take the necessary precautions.
Description of route:
Day 1 (Thursday) - Phalaborwa Gate to Malopeni overnight site
Day 2 (Friday) - Malopeni to Mafunyane overnight site
Day 3 (Saturday) - Mafunyane to Shidzivane overnight site
Day 4: (Sunday) - Shidzivane to Punda Maria Camp
Day 1: 42km
Day 2: 123km
Day 3: 90km
Day 4: 15km
The trail starts 11 km from Satara, travelling a short distance north before turning east into knob thorn/marula savannah. Here you can expect herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and some predators - including cheetah.
Together with the 4x4 vehicle with off-road trailer or caravan participants must provide their own camping equipment.
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