4 Night Camping and 4x4 Adventure!
The Luvuvhu Trail runs from Phalaborwa to Pafuri, through the Limpopo provincial reserves of Letaba Ranch and Makuya Park which forms part of the area known as ‘Greater Kruger National Park’.
Day 1Luvuvhu trail departs from Phalaborwa at 12h00. We follow the main road and 20km further enter the Limpopo provincial reserve of Letaba Ranch, a sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (no fence between Kruger and Letaba Ranch).Experience “Africa” as we slowly grind along the off-road tracks through this virgin bush traveling in a northerly direction. The route takes us past various water holes in order to maximize our game viewing opportunities, and on to our overnight campsite on the banks of the Baderoukwe River. Because there are no amenities at the campsites, you will have the opportunity to use the full range of your outdoor camping equipmentDay 2Depart after breakfast and follow the tracks to the confluence of the Great Letaba and Little Letaba Rivers where we will stop for lunch.The route will now take us up the river to our campsite which is situated on the banks of the Great Letaba River.Who knows which of the “sounds of the wild” will accompany you to sleep? Will it be the laugh of a hyena, trumpeting of an elephant or the whistle of the tiny Scops owl?Day 3Luvuvhu 4×4 Eco-TrailExit the exciting Letaba Ranch sector, and slowly make our way along the Little Letaba River. Although we are technically outside the Park, we will, however, have to keep a watchful eye out for Elephant and Buffalo as we slowly make the steep descent into the wide and sandy river bed. “Plough” through thick sand while trying to keep momentum, as we follow the Kruger boundary before we have to climb up the steep ascent to exit the river bed.4×4 tracks will take us all along the Kruger fence before we stop for a well-deserved rest and lunch in the bush. After lunch, the route takes us through a couple of traditional African Shangaan Villages before we cross the Luvuvhu river and arrive at the foothills of the Tshamavudzi Mountain range.We enter the wild Limpopo reserve of Makuya Park, a sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and carefully follow the rough tracks down into the Luvuvhu River Valley to our overnight campsite on the banks of the Luvuvhu River (No amenities).Day 4The early sounds of nature and the whiff of fresh coffee will undoubtedly tease you out of your tent! Depart after breakfast, and follow the off-road 4×4 tracks in a northerly direction along the Luvuvhu river.We will stop for lunch under the shady trees that line the river bank, visit the famous “World’s View” before reaching our campsite which is once again situated on the banks of the Luvuvhu River (Limited ablution facilities).Day 5We continue our off-road 4×4 adventure journey across the foothills of the Tshamavudzi Mountain range to the Mutale River. We cross the Mutale River on its riverbed (no bridge) and end our adventure at the Kruger National Park’s Pafuri Gate.
Vital Information: Non-or Late ArrivalThis 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. IndemnityThe Luvuvhu 4×4 Eco-Trail is located in Big 5 territory and overnight camps are unfenced. 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 Luvuvhu off-road 4×4 Eco-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 policyRegrettably, when all places on a trail are not booked by a single group, children under the age of 12 may not participate. Safety PolicyThe general rules and regulations of Letaba Ranch, Makuya Park, and Kruger National Park apply to our guests. 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. MalariaThe Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is located in a Malaria area. Malaria prophylactics are essential. Trailists should consult their doctor or chemist. DisclaimerWhilst every endeavor 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 traveled, 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.Trailists need to be fully self-sufficient with low-range, high-clearance 4×4 vehicles (soft-roaders can’t get through this territory). Bring your own camping equipment, food, and drinks. The lead guide has his own vehicle, and 2-way radios are provided for all vehicles on the trail.
4 nights, 5 days
- Trail prices includeProfessional 4×4 guide with the lead vehicle Concession fees – Letaba Ranch & Makuya Park Two-way radio communication between vehicles Trail prices excludeItems of a personal nature e.g. curios, gratuities, etc. Personal insurance: medical, baggage, cancellation, etc. Gratuities. Payment Policy50% deposit confirms a booking, remaining balance payable 14 days prior to trail date. Cancellation PolicyWithin 30 to 15 days of departure, 50% forfeiture of the total booking value. Within 14 days of departure, 90% forfeiture of the total booking value.
- Booking is essential.
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Levhuvhu Trail from the Land RoverThe Letaba Ranch sector, as an extension of Kruger National Park, is historically known for its Big 5 sightings, big herds of Elephant and Buffalo, African Wild Dog, ample plains game and abundant bird life.
The Makuya Park sector with its amazing topography and with only the Luvuvhu river between itself and Kruger National Park is one of the undiscovered gems of the GLTP.
The 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 traveling through this remote area, feeling its solitude and witnessing its recovery that will imbue you with the spirit of “bygone pioneers”.
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.
CampsitesLebata Camp Relaxing
Campsites are unfenced and located in the bush.
No water is provided for cooking or drinking.
The night before the trail starts
Trailists are required to arrange their own accommodation for the night before the trail begins at a location that will allow sufficient time to get to the meeting point
Vehicle Types and Insurance
The terrain is such that it is suited only to off-road 4×4 vehicles with off-road trailers.
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.