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    Default Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    We are booking this trail in Kruger, starts in Phalaborwa and finishes 4 days later at Punda Maria camp, campers must be entirely self sufficient although it is guided. Looking very forward to doing this! I am towing my new Edgeout camping trailer along and very keen to test it.
    Anybody done this particular trail? Any advice?

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...php?do=process

    There are quite a few threads on this trail
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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Thanks I see that although I dont see a lot of actual info

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgy View Post
    Thanks I see that although I dont see a lot of actual info
    Ask away
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    Did it a while back

    One of my most memorable Kruger Parks experiences
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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Wow stunning pictures thx!
    Did you find towing was not a problem as I see on their own site only gnarly mud filled river beds with vehicles alone?

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgy View Post
    Wow stunning pictures thx!
    Did you find towing was not a problem as I see on their own site only gnarly mud filled river beds with vehicles alone?

    Unless the route has changed, or there is rain on the day. No problem

    If it does rain.. It will be interesting



    But on our trip I was more worried about the Mopani than the mud
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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgy View Post
    I am towing my new Edgeout camping trailer along and very keen to test it.
    I am equally keen to get your feedback on the Edgeout .
    If my post insulted you, wonder where the smiley went .

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgy View Post
    We are booking this trail in Kruger, starts in Phalaborwa and finishes 4 days later at Punda Maria camp, campers must be entirely self sufficient although it is guided. Looking very forward to doing this! I am towing my new Edgeout camping trailer along and very keen to test it.
    Anybody done this particular trail? Any advice?

    This sounds amazing. Would like to know how a Suzuki Grand Vitara may do on this. Had a great day trip last month in the park with the family seeing all big 5 except Buffalo and really want to spend more time there.
    Too many cars to list them all. Two favourites thus far as below:

    Current: 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 Auto - First Project with intent to see dirt.
    Sold & Missed: 2007 Toyota Prado 4.0 VX - hardly saw dirt as planned and missed terribly.

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Unless the route has changed, or there is rain on the day. No problem

    If it does rain.. It will be interesting



    But on our trip I was more worried about the Mopani than the mud
    I did this trail about 9months ago. I was really disappointed for 2 reasons. We never stopped to smell the roses really. The second day was a trip that was just focused on getting to the site where we were to camp that night. I would imagine we traveled at an average of 60km and hour. I felt as if I was in a convoy in angola again. Two cars of which I was one got left behind and it took an hour to find our way to the ranger. Two other cars in the group informed the ranger that eavening they were leaving the next day due to not only the speed but also as they wanted to experience the bush and not race from point a to b .Being the last car at the back we heard about a kudu etc.but unfortunately by the time we got there nothing.
    From a 4x4 point of view and this is only my opinion it was not really difficult but if it was wet season I think it would test your vehicle. On the trip I saw trailers unhooked twice as well as one trailer take a real hammering that need new bolts etc. Here the ranger was very efficient and helpful.

    On the 3rd day after the ranger calmed down the other occupants of the cars that wanted to pull out a decent speed was adhered to and we saw much more game nearer to Punda. The last camp near Punda was awesome and to an extent made up for some pretty bum previous days.
    I am sure some of the other members of the group went away feeling for the money we paid we would not do it again.

    The best sighting we had were parrots.

    I hope you have a better experience try get the place right behind the rangers bakkie you will generally see what he picks up.

    Incidentally 4 months later we did the kalagadi 4x4 route from twee Revieren to Nossaub and it was like chalk and cheese. Kruger could certainly take a leaf out of their books.

    Another point I might add is that this trail is generally on the frindge area adjacent to the west fence. The poaching I believe is much more wide spread than we know about. Animals are very scarce and certainly not like the more populated places in Kruger.

    Sorry if I sound disillusioned about this but it left me feeling that the park was on a downward slide. This is just my opinion though.

    I have certainly been back since then and had memorable times but will not do the trail again unless sleeping sites are situated at better distances which would allow time to look around. Another day would make it worth while.

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    We did this trail 3 years ago in my Fortuner with Conqueror Courage trailer and our friend in her Suzuki GV. Absolutely no issues. Only advice is if you are towing make sure your wiring harness is well above the tow bar/A frame as mine got damaged going though a riverbed.
    The trip was absolutely awesome and we had Eric as our guide. He has been doing this trail since inception and we stopped to smell all the roses and even see pangolin!

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Quote Originally Posted by dickr View Post
    We did this trail 3 years ago in my Fortuner with Conqueror Courage trailer and our friend in her Suzuki GV. Absolutely no issues. Only advice is if you are towing make sure your wiring harness is well above the tow bar/A frame as mine got damaged going though a riverbed.
    The trip was absolutely awesome and we had Eric as our guide. He has been doing this trail since inception and we stopped to smell all the roses and even see pangolin!

    Eric was our guide as well
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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    Unfortunately all good things come to an end and we are back home in the Eastern Cape after a truly memorable Kruger trip!
    We loved the Mafunyane trail although I do agree on the point above that Day 2 is too long at about 130 km s which took from 7 in the morning until about 4 PM with an hours brunch break. Eric is the only guide on this particular trail and really knows his oats and we enjoyed his company, we were fortunate to only be two vehicles additional with my daughter and her BF in the 2nd one which made the trail more personal.
    I found the trail fairly technical but very enjoyable without being a car breaker. The Edgeout handled surprisingly well and proved extremely user friendly and comfortable and easy as we did not even un-hitch it all.
    If I were to be critical the trailer needs a bit more ground clearance and this should be easily solved fitting larger tyres.
    We had an interesting 3rd day as we were blocked by a very flooded river which Eric informed us was a 1st in 6 years on the Mafunyane and we had to make an escape route through the bush to get to Satara eventually ...we all loved the time in the bush and will definitely return to complete the trail!
    The wifes old Prado was wonderful as always apart from being thirsty in the mud!
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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

    LOVE that campervan of yours!!!

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    Default Re: Mafunyane 4x4 Eco trail

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