Beyond the Kruger National Park border is the Makuya hiking trail, and it’s not entirely fit for the faint-hearted, as Backpacker Magazine discovered. The Makuya Reserve is made up of steep peaks and deep gorges set against a backdrop of dramatic landscapes, setting the scene for an exhilarating hiking experience.

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Hiking enthusiast Fiona Mcintosh recently tackled the Makuya Trail and says there’s a lot more to it than great camping and birdwatching. For the best big-5 camping experience, Fiona writes, the Makuya Trail is the one for you.

Almost 40km of paths, plains and valleys, surrounded by a rich diversity of habitat, flora and fauna, it’s the wildlife sightings that make this trek through the hills of the Makuya Reserve most worth it.

Read more about the Makuya Trail and find out what Fiona Mcintosh has to say about other hiking trails around southern Africa.

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