General Grand Traverse planning & tips

06 Apr 2017 09:57 #71287 by Viking
Hi conraddt

You will be charged around R40 per person at the Witsieshoek gate.
The charge at Sentinel hut is around R70/day.
There is no such thing as a Traverse charge or a DGT permit - don't be conned by this.
You can sleep at the rather shabby accomodation at Sentinel hut for around R70 pppn or at Witsieshoek for around R300.

Some tips. Pay your overnight camping fees for your trip to EKZNW ahead of time and get a receipt. Then pay the guys at Sentinel for 1 day as you are in their land for less than half a day of your trip.

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06 Apr 2017 10:00 #71288 by ghaznavid
If you show the guys at Sentinel that you have an EKZN permit, they won't ask you to get a day permit from them, you will only need to pay the toll at the gate.

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06 Apr 2017 10:05 #71289 by Viking
And if you go early enough the toll boom is not manned.

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06 Apr 2017 10:06 #71290 by Sabine
How would I pay camping fees ahead of time at EKZN if we come from Johburg without trekking all the way to Didima?

any way one can do this online?

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06 Apr 2017 10:10 #71291 by Viking
Last time I checked you could.
Otherwise phone central reservations in Pietermaritzburg and tell them what you want. The rest will be done via email.

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06 Apr 2017 10:13 #71292 by Sabine
Thanks Viking!

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06 Apr 2017 10:20 #71293 by Sabine
So I phoned KZN wildlife and they know nothing about this and passed me on to Didima hotel. I phoned them and they say I have to come in to fill out the forms, can't do it online.

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06 Apr 2017 10:59 #71295 by ghaznavid
I raised the online bookings issue with Ranger a few months back, apparently EKZN is looking into it. Do you know anyone travelling to the Berg before your trip who can get the permits and bring them back for you? Alternatively if you are dropping a car at Bushman's Nek, you can always buy them there. You could always try to get permission to get the permits at the end, but if something goes wrong and you need rescue, or run into military - this could backfire badly (on my last GT, the Lesotho soldiers did ask to see our permits on 1 of the 2 run-ins with them - although they didn't know where Bushman's Nek was).

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06 Apr 2017 14:18 #71298 by conraddt
Thanks guys!

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06 Apr 2017 16:07 #71301 by andrew r
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Just to reiterate, the overriding reason to get & pay for an EKZNW hiking permit (other than it's the right thing to do) is that a portion of the fee goes towards a fund which pays for the costs of mountain rescue in the event you need it. If you don't have a permit I expect you will still get rescued but will be liable for the full costs yourself. Check Mountain Rescue Reporting Procedures before you go.

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