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The Lang Hans Trail

Overview

A journey of adventure, mystery & intrigue and a route with unforgettable landscape, scenery and phenomenal bush-camp offerings!  The Lang Hans Tour, a 4 night/5 day trail, is reserved strictly for self-sufficient (vehicle, fuel, firewood, food and water) 4×4 overlanders.

The journey starts in Kruger National Park and ascends the Lebombo Mountains.  Cross the Giriyondo border post and enter one of Southern Africa’s interesting and picturesque Parks, Limpopo National Park.  Following the dry Shingwedzi River Bed you will camp wild in the Lebombo Sandveld.

The tour departs from Mopani Rest Camp in KNP on a Monday at 09h30 for 10h00 and finish at Giriyondo Border Post on Friday at approximately 11h00 am.

It is advised that you stay at Mopani, Tsendze, Letaba or Shingwedzi Camp the night before the trail.

Know before you go information:

Your vehicle must have cross-border paperwork (i.e. ownership papers, or permission from the finance company etc.).

Everyone must have valid passports with at least 2 blank pages, and valid for 6 months.

Malaria area – plan to protect yourself.

Optional: At the end of the trail spend the Friday and Saturday night at Machampane Wilderness Camp at a special rate (price on enquiry).  The rate will include accommodation, meal and activities.

 

Location

Location

Limpopo and Mozambique sectors of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

Ethos of the trails

  • The purpose of the Trails is to afford trailists an intimate encounter with the wild-side of this remote area. Your guide will, within reason, adjust the pace of the journey to accommodate the group’s interests but trailists are reminded that the distances and topography of the area are challenging. Remember too that “the sun waits for no-one” and setting up camp in the dark is not ideal.
  • You are embarking on a “wilderness experience” and the privilege of encountering special game viewing moments needs to be mentioned.
  • It is the holistic experience of travelling through this remote area, feeling its solitude and witnessing its recovery that will imbue you with the spirit of “bygone pioneers”.

Weather

  • Conditions during the summer months can be very hot and humid with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees.
  • Winter nights can be very chilly with temperatures dropping to around 6 degrees.
  • Participants on the trail must be well prepared for the climatic conditions and should be reasonably fit.

CampsitesThe campsite

  • Campsites are unfenced and located in the bush.
  • No water is provided for cooking or drinking.

Night before trail starts

  • Trailists are required to arrange their own accommodation for the night before the trail begins. We suggest that you stay at Mopani, Tsendze, Letaba, Shingwedzi Camp the night before the trail.

Logistics

Vehicle Types and Insurance

  • The terrain is such that it is suited only to off-road 4×4 vehicles, off-road trailers or off-road caravans
  • Vehicles must be equipped with low range transmission and have good ground clearance.
  • 4×4 “soft roaders” or vehicles with low profile tyres are not suitable.
  • Vehicles should be given a long distance service before the trail.

Equipment and Supply’s

  • No camping equipment is supplied.
  • Trailists must for safety considerations sleep in a tent.
  • Trailists must be totally self sufficient for the duration of the trail. This includes all fuel, food, water, firewood, camping gear, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery etc.
  • No waste may be burned or left in the Park therefore you should have strong plastic bags available to manage waste effectively.

Rates

1 Mar 2016 to 28 Feb 20171 Mar 2017 to 28 Feb 2018
Standard Rate(per vehicle)Special SADC Residents Rate(per vehicle)Standard Rate(per vehicle)Special SADC Residents Rate(per vehicle)
R 6 400R 5 700R 6 720R 5 985

 

Trail price includes

  • A guide in his own vehicle and two-way radio communication
  • Camping fees for 4 nights (Monday to Thursday nights)

Trail price excludes

  • KNP and LNP conservation fees,  Mozambique visa if not on a SA passport, camping in KNP the night before.

Payment Policy

  • 50% deposit confirms a booking, remaining balance payable 14 days prior to trail date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Within 30 to 15 days of departure, 50% forfeiture of total booking value.
  • Within 14 days of departure, 90% forfeiture of total booking value.

Terms and Conditions

 

Non-or Late Arrival

  • This forfeiture applies to all persons who by virtue of their late arrival are unable to accompany the trail. No refund of the trail fee will be made.

Indemnity

  • The trail takes place in an area populated by wild animals and whilst it is accompanied by a guide it nevertheless carries the risk of injury or death
  • In light of the exposed nature of the Trail, trailists must complete an indemnity form.  Minors must be in possession of an indemnity form signed by a parent or legal guardian. These forms must be signed in the presence of the Trails Guide.

Child policy

  • Children under the age of 12 are permitted on the trail, but only if the tour is fully booked by family and friends, who know and love one another’s children.

Safety Policy

  • The general rules and regulations of Letaba Ranch, Makuya Park, Kruger National Park and Parque Nacional do Limpopo applies.
  • Trailists depend on the trails guide for their safety and for guidance. For their own safety and that of the other trailists, the instructions of the guide should be obeyed at all times. Failure to co-operate in this respect could lead to the immediate cancellation of the trail.
  • For reasons of safety and sensitivity, excessive consumption of liquor is strongly discouraged. Liquor may only be consumed at the overnight campsites.

Know before you go information

  • Your vehicle must have cross-border paperwork (i.e. ownership papers, or permission from the finance company etc.)
  • Everyone must have valid passports with at least 2 blank pages, and valid for 6 months
  • Malaria area – plan to protect yourself

Disclaimer

Whilst every endeavour is made to adhere to the trail description set out above, our trails are conducted in remote wilderness areas and occasionally circumstances in the park or prevailing weather conditions, over which we have no control, may arise. We reserve the right to amend the routing, location of campsites, distances travelled etc. of any specific trail or trails and the guide’s decision in this regard is final. If this happens on a trail on which you are a participant, we would appreciate your understanding.