Africa is renown for it’s African safaris but should also be know for amazing walking trails. From Gorilla walking trails in Uganda and Rwanda to scenic short treks like up Cable Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Mt Kilamjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa is one of the more strenuous trails. It has six trekking routes between 5 – 9 days duration.
South Africa boasts both the climate, landscape and great conditions for walking trails. The trails are well sign posted and tracks are well maintained. There are a huge amount of popular walking trails to spectacular waterfalls, beaches,city site walking trails,whale watching trails even wine and olive tasting trails or options that include your back pack being transported for you!
Walking safaris are a brilliant way to see nature in a safe and enlightening way. Professional game rangers guide guests while tracking wildlife in their natural habitat. It is a brilliant way to learn from the experts about both the African fauna and flora up close and personal. Walking trails vary depending on your destination, length of time and individuals fitness levels.
Little Lions Head Trail is a short 3 km track of moderate difficulty but spectacular views overlooking Cape Town. Located between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the trail begins on Signal Hill Road and takes up to 3 hours.
If you are planning to do a walking trail while in Africa there are a number of safety measures that you need to be aware of.
- Always follow mountain rules
- always walk in groups of three or more
- book a guide
- wear good shoes and always have warm clothing to put on if the weather changes
- wear a sun hat and take a woolen/warm hat too, insect repellent
- light compact raincoat during summer time
- plenty of water and food – more than adequate
- research the area well prior to departure and advise someone of your plans
Do not wear camouflage clothing. Layers of cotton clothing are best with long sleeved blouses to keep out the mosquitoes and sun.
Kruger National Park offers a huge variety of experience to become one with nature. Get the true feeling of nature, breath the air, feel the surrounds while on a walking trail. Your guide will take you to the best viewing spots for those amazing photo opportunities or show you medicinal properties of plants. Walking trails do not operate between November to February due to the heat.