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Slackpacking Author Fiona McIntosh Shares Her Favourite Hiking Guides

SlackpackingFiona McIntosh, author of Slackpacking: A Guide to South Africa’s Top Leisure Trails, shared her pick of hiking guides in a recent post for Getaway Blog.

McIntosh is a book fan but finds that they can get outdated fairly quickly and so she has shared some online resources that will help in planning your next hike:

When we asked Getaway’s Facebook fans to share the most reliable sources of hiking information, more than half of them said they relied on the recommendations of family or friends or their trusty Getaway magazine.

I have always seen Jaynee Levy’s Complete Guide to Walks and Trails in Southern Africa as my Bible. Sadly, the book has been out of print for nearly two decades and most of the contact details are out of date. However, with maps and detailed descriptions it’s still a superb reference and, encouragingly, most of the trails featured still exist.

A host of new trails have sprung up and finding out about these isn’t always easy. Judging from our quick online survey, books are no longer a hiker’s first resource, which could be bad news for authors like me.

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