Did you know trekking poles take of 30% of the effort when climbing hills or mountains? They also provide significant support on dangerous terrain and during a potential fall. These are always worth having, and if you don't use them, simply attach to your pack for later!
These poles are hired out by a local partner close to your hike. In most cases, you will need to pick these up before the trip. If your Bushman is driving with you to the start of the track, they can make a detour to pick them up.