Get Ready to Explore the Limpopo National Park

© Roger de la Harpe

Three tourism products are now on the go in the Limpopo National Park bordering the Kruger National Park. All three products can be started from within Kruger, but then travel into Mozambique. The Shingwedzi 4x4 eco-trail is already departing for Mozambique every Friday, but only bookings may be made for the Machampane Wilderness Trails and the Massingir Hiking Trail.

Although bookings are being made for these tourism ventures, the Giriyondo border post between Kruger and Mozambique is not open at this point. It is expected to open in October this year. The Shingwedzi 4x4 eco-trail is a guided four-night/five-day selfdrive off-road trail leaving from Punda Maria. Mozambique is entered through the Pafuri border post.

On leaving the Limpopo National Park, guests can either choose to re-enter South Africa at Komatipoort or head for the beach at Maputo.

The Machampane Wilderness Trails Camp merges luxury accommodation at a small waterhole overlooking the Machampane River with typical wilderness trails walks. The trails take three nights and four days. This adventure can either begin at Letaba Camp or from Massingir in Mozambique.

The Massingir Hiking Trail is not for the faint of heart - guests are expected to hike up to 20 km per day on the four-night/five-day trail. A maximum of eight people can go on the trail, and they are expected to carry their own food, beverages, clothing and sleeping bags. Refuse must also be removed by the guests in their backpacks. Nights are spent in two-man tents on wooden platforms, with each night being in a different location.

Guests must provide their own food, snacks, drinks (including water), Kruger conservation fees and border fees. The trail will depart from Letaba Camp, with walking starting on the banks of the Massingir Dam.

The first trails will take place in March 2006.

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