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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

best camping with big-five animals: Makuya Hiking Trail, South Africa

by: Fiona McIntosh


You: want big-five wildlife sightings outside a car tour. Your hike: beyond the Kruger National Park boundary on this 23-mile trip (around four days), ideal for fit and intrepid hikers. From the ridge-top Singo Safari Lodge trailhead, you’ll follow your gun-toting guide down the rocky path to follow the sluggish Luvuvhu, bush-camping by the river. Crocodiles, elephants, waterbucks, and African rock pythons lurk in the Luvuvhu gorge, and the woody mopani and bushwillow shrubs are alive with lilac-breasted rollers, red-billed firefinches, yellow masked weavers, and scarlet-chested sunbirds. Spy spiral-horned nyalas, lions, and leopards grazing in the plains en route to Mutale Falls Safari Camp (mile 23).

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