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Hiking trips 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. Hiking 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 trails to more serious overnight hiking. These are trips for those looking to summit mountains, follow winding canyons through the desert or trace epic coastal paths overlooking the ocean. There may be some wildlife, but for those seeking to walk in the bush to spot animals, have a look at our specialist walking safaris.

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.

Our top hiking trips

Cross dramatic mountains, follow desert canyons and trace coastlines. Get inspired for your hiking holiday in Africa.



Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island is fantastic for waking in Malawi, with lots of well-marked nature trails around the huge granite boulders that cover the island. Some walks lead through heavily forested areas, others to places of interest, or panoramic viewpoints.


Kaya Mawa

From Kaya Mawa, on Likoma Island, you can take a gentle stroll through the village to visit the cathedral. Either walking alone, or with a locally arranged guide, Kaya Mawa is good for some light walking in Malawi.


Four Seasons Desroches Island

Desroches Island is also good for walking in Seychelles, offering some beautiful beaches to stroll at your own pace. Most people cycle on the island, with bikes readily available, however you can explore on foot if you wish.


Pumulani

Walking at Pumulani is best with a guide, who can take you along the lake shore, near the hillside and into the nearby villages. For some variety, try the option of kayaking back along the lake after your walk.

Mkulumadzi

Malawi’s Mkulumadzi is a small, smart camp with eight chalets and offers relaxed walking in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, where birdlife is varied and different species, including elephant, buffalo, zebra, black rhino, sable and eland, are often seen.


Sabyinyo Silverback

Only a 20-minute drive from the Volcanoes National Park, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges in the area. It's well placed for a variety of escorted walks, from short excursions to serious hikes, so is a good bet for walking in Rwanda.


Mountain Gorilla View

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, close to Volcanoes National Park, is a good-value base from which to take guided walks into the park's rainforests to see the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas.


Mountain Gorilla View

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, close to Volcanoes National Park, is a good-value base from which to take guided walks into the park's rainforests to see the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas.

Nyungwe Top View Hill

Close to the Nyungwe Forest, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is an excellent spot for walking in Rwanda. Trek to see habituated chimpanzees and colobus monkeys; explore the treetops high up in the canopy walk; or go on nature walks to find hidden waterfalls.


Pumulani

Walking at Pumulani is best with a guide, who can take you along the lake shore, near the hillside and into the nearby villages. For some variety, try the option of kayaking back along the lake after your walk.

Mkulumadzi

Malawi’s Mkulumadzi is a small, smart camp with eight chalets and offers relaxed walking in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, where birdlife is varied and different species, including elephant, buffalo, zebra, black rhino, sable and eland, are often seen.


Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge is one of the top lodges in the area around Volcanoes National Park and certainly has the most spectacular views. Walks along the lakeshore or in the nearby villages are an interesting activity when you are not hiking to see primates in the park.

Nyungwe House

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a great base for Nyungwe Forest, where visitors can go on guided walks to see energetic colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and a stunning variety of birds.


Mountain Gorilla View

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, close to Volcanoes National Park, is a good-value base from which to take guided walks into the park's rainforests to see the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas.

Nyungwe Top View Hill

Close to the Nyungwe Forest, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is an excellent spot for walking in Rwanda. Trek to see habituated chimpanzees and colobus monkeys; explore the treetops high up in the canopy walk; or go on nature walks to find hidden waterfalls.

Hiking holidays in Africa

Browse trip ideas by country.


Walking in Botswana

Botswana

The wildlife in Botswana is free to move across the country, which creates ample opportunity for ...

Walking in Kenya

Kenya

Game walks in Kenya are less well-known than in other parts of southern and eastern Africa, but ...

Walking in Malawi

Malawi

The options for walking on holiday in Malawi vary from gentle town strolls to more extensive nature ...

Walking in Namibia

Namibia

Namibia offers some of Africa's best walking, from gentle wanders to challenging multi-day hikes ...

Walking in Rwanda

Rwanda

Walking in Rwanda is usually based around the spectacular gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park...

Walking in Seychelles

Seychelles

The sound of waves crashing on the shoreline, palm-fringed beaches and panoramic views over the ...

Walking in South Africa

South Africa

South Africa boasts a variety of walking opportunities: gentle strolls along sandy beaches, self-guided ...

Walking in Tanzania

Tanzania

In Tanzania the walking is especially good in the area surrounding the Ngorongoro Crater, ranging ...

Walking in Zambia

Zambia

With expertly trained guides and high concentrations of wildlife, Zambia is one of Africa's best ...

Walking in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Take a walk on the wild side and explore Zimbabwe and its stunning scenery on foot. There are great ...

Africa trips to appeal to many different interests

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We will design a trip perfectly for you, around your interests.


Beach holidays

Beach holidays

Discover Africa's coast and tropical islands.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Diverse habitats, discreet hides and superb guiding.

Cultural experiences

Cultural experiences

Get an insight into Africa's cultures and history.

Diving & snorkelling

Diving & snorkelling

Find captivating marine life beneath the waves

Family holidays

Family holidays

Hand-picked camps for an incredible family safari.

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Romantic safaris and castaway island retreats.

Luxury

Luxury

First-class service, scenic vistas and unparalleled comfort await you during these carefully selected luxury holidays. 

Photography holidays

Photography holidays

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Private villas & houses

Private villas & houses

Enjoy Africa with just your friends & family

Riding holidays

Riding holidays

Explore Africa's wilderness on horseback.

Solo Travel

Solo Travel

Trip ideas ideally suited for a solo traveller.

Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Explore Africa's untouched wildernesses on foot.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Wellness escapes in stunning locations

Wildlife safaris

Wildlife safaris

These trips include hard-hitting game and fascinatingly elusive species alike, as well as superb guiding and a variety of diverse ecosystems.

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