Things To Do in MusinaMakuya Hiking Trail
Where? Makuya Nature Reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call +27 (0)21 701-7860
How much? Price on request
Start: Singo Safari Lodge overlooking the Luvuvha River
Finish: Mutale Falls Lodge
Duration: 5 nights (although there are shorter versions)
Fitness: moderate; you need to be fit to complete the hike
Our tip: the trail is an interpretive one; time is spent explaining the ecology of the area
Makuya Nature Reserve borders the western side of Kruger National Park, between Punda Maria and Pafuri. It is home to the Big 5, a wealth of birds, and a varied environment that includes rivers, gorges, grassy plains and mountains.
This is a slackpacker hike, and although you are asked to provide your own sleeping bag for camping nights, everything else is taken care of (however, you may want to pack additional purification tablets for water in the area is scarce).
Singo Safari Lodge to Pandembile, 10 km
Your first night is spent at Singo Lodge overlooking the Luvuvhu River. The following morning walk along the Luvuvhu River, stopping at a number of safe places to swim. Enjoy the beauty of the river's edge and the wildlife. You arrive at Pandembile in the afternoon to sleep in dome tents in the bush. Dine under the stars.
Pandembile to Luvuvhu Gorge, 7 km
Once again, follow the Luvuvhu River, stopping to relax in the pothole pools. The route then broaches a sandveld plateau, before descending an elephant path into the gorge. Expect breathtaking views. Tents are erected in the heart of the gorge.
Luvuvhu Gorge to Nyanda, 5 km
Head out of the gorge through the sandveld plateau and on to the Nyanada Mountain. The landscape is completely different on day three, and the route kept deliberately short so that you have time to explore the unique vegetation. Overnight at Nyanda camp, again in tents. No river close by means water is at a premium.
Nyanda to Mutale Falls Lodge, 10 km
The hike heads round the base of a series of sandstone cliffs. The route then veers through mopane vegetation to the Mutale River and on to Mutale Falls, where it is safe to swim.
Contact: Do Limpopo or African Ivory Route