Walking in Africa

Walking in Africa

Walking in Africa can offer an unrivalled sense of freedom as you venture into some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet. Without a doubt, there is no better way to experience Africa’s wilderness than on foot; and walking can really put you at the heart of where you choose to travel.

Throughout the countries we feature there are some fantastic walking trails. Each country has its specialities, from self-guided nature trails to more serious overnight hiking. Much of the walking in Africa will be guided, as there may be dangerous wildlife nearby. We have found guided walks to be an excellent way to learn more about the local flora and fauna whilst getting about on foot.

With a range of options – guided or self-guided, leisurely or vigorous, short or extensive – we can help advise you on the best walking routes on your African holiday. If you are looking to find big game on foot, take a look at some of our excellent African walking safaris. To see Expert
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Walking holidays with Wild about Africa

Wild about Africa offers both simple and luxury camping safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia. These are designed for small groups, and some options include some superb walking. Click on the following link to see ideas for small group walking holidays.

Walking in Botswana

Walking in Botswana

The wildlife in Botswana is free to move across the country, which creates ample opportunity for guided walking safaris, but less so for more general walking. Having said that, the guided Bushman walks in the Kalahari region could be a real highlight for those keen on walking in Botswana.

Ideas for walking in Botswana

Walking in Kenya

Walking in Kenya

Game walks in Kenya - the country where the motorised safari first became established - are less well-known than in other parts of southern and eastern Africa, but it's catching up fast. You can often do a short nature walk around camp, looking at flora and wildlife signs, but for more serious bush walks, we always recommend being escorted by a properly armed guide.

Ideas for walking in Kenya

Walking in Malawi

Walking in Malawi

The options for walking on holiday in Malawi vary from gentle town strolls to more extensive nature trails and safari walks. There are opportunities for both guided and self-guided walking in Malawi, with a range of environments to explore - from lakeshore beaches to more heavily forested areas.

Ideas for walking in Malawi

Walking in Namibia

Walking in Namibia

The walking in Namibia is fantastic - from gentle wanders to challenging hikes. Many camps are surrounded by superb walking trails to explore on your own or with an expert guide; some take a few hours, others last for days. Overall, we think Namibia is a top destination for walking in Africa.

Ideas for walking in Namibia

Walking in Rwanda

Walking in Rwanda

Walking in Rwanda is usually based around the spectacular gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. These can last as little as an hour, to upwards of five or six depending on where the gorillas are. Either way they take you through stunning stretches of mountain rainforest, with an end result of one of the worlds best wildlife vexing experiences. Other walks, such as heading out to see the engaging golden monkeys, bird walks or trekking to see Dian Fossey's grave are also well worth doing. You can base yourself at any of the lodges in the area for these walks, which operate out of the national park headquarters.

Ideas for walking in Rwanda

Walking in Seychelles

Walking in SeychellesIdeas for walking in Seychelles

Walking in South Africa

Walking in South AfricaIdeas for walking in South Africa

Walking in Tanzania

Walking in Tanzania

In Tanzania, the walking is especially good in the area surrounding Ngorongoro Crater, ranging from self-guided walks around coffee farms to guided forest walks. Experienced walkers can enjoy strenuous but stunning walks up to the crater rim, as offered by Gibb's Farm.

Ideas for walking in Tanzania

Walking in Zambia

Walking in Zambia

With expertly trained guides and high concentrations of wildlife, Zambia is one of Africa's best destinations for walking safaris. If your interested in exploring big game on foot, and in face to face encounters with Africa's wild predators, see our suggestions for walking safaris in Zambia.

Ideas for walking in Zambia

Walking in Zimbabwe

Walking in Zimbabwe

Take a walk on the wild side and explore Zimbabwe and its stunning scenery on foot. There are great opportunities for walking among granite hills and rugged mountains in Matobo Hills National Park, or lush riverine forests in Mana Pools National Park to name but a couple. Walking safaris focus less on the big cats and mammals and more on Zimbabwe's botanical and avian attractions, as well as the smaller insects and mammals that one often misses on a game drive.

Ideas for walking in Zimbabwe