Wilderness life coach story: On one starlit night we decided at the campfire in our comfortable tented camp to rough it and go out for a three day hike into the reserve with the whole group. Our goal was to reach the Makutswi river, camp out there for two nights and return the third day. Everything we took had to be carried in our backpacks and the whole trip was planned to be on foot. We set off the first morning in a good mood and fast pace but soon we discovered that our backpacks were heavy, the rifle’s got sweaty and the sun was beating down on us...Even in the middle of winter it is hot here during most of the day. With a couple of breaks on our first day trail and a quick encounter with a curious Black Mamba we arrived at the river where we set up camp for our first night. It was a magical place to camp; ”Mawela-wela”, the area is called meaning “going up and down” due to the many little granite and quartz hills in the area.