5 Incredible Walking Adventures
For travelers who want to feel connected to the earth under their feet, nothing compares to a walking safari or hiking adventure in Africa. With trained guides leading the way, you’ll experience sightings of wildlife in a whole new way, but also be able to see the smaller things that make the African bush so special. Here are 5 of our absolute favorite adventures on foot:
If you’re looking to get out of the jeep and explore Tanzania on foot, the suggested activities include hiking near Arusha National Park, forest hike and mountain biking on the Lake Manyara escarpment, hikes near the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and game walks near Tarangire. Also consider a week safari in the south to Ruaha and Selous parks – a more remote destination that is a walker’s paradise.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine included this adventure as one of their Trips of a Lifetime, and it’s easy to see why. Mark Nolting wrote of his experience in the South Luangwa ” On a walking safari we saw very good game, including a huge herd of more than 500 buffalo, elephant (including a huge tusker), many hippo, including a large pod with several humorous juveniles, Thornicroft’s giraffe, bushbuck, greater kudu, lion, serval and genet. On an evening game drive we spotted our first Pel’s fishing owl (a lifer), and then were able to watch a leopard stalking some guinea fowl in a bush and pounce – came away empty handed. One morning when we arrived at the confluence, we walked down to the river to a pod of over 100 hippos. As we approached, more than 50 ran out of the shallow water across the dry riverbed to deep water a few hundred yards (meters) away. The sight of 50 one-ton “bums” of bouncing fat running together was too funny for words!”
Spot the Big 5 on this safari that combines walking in Hwange; canoeing, walking, and game drives in Mana Pools; plus a cultural visit and chance to see rhino in Matobo Hills.
Another National Geographic Traveler Magazine award winner, this AAC exclusive safari made it onto their penultimate “50 Tours of a Lifetime” list. The guides—Nic Polenakis, Dave Carsons, Nick Murray, and Paul Hubbard—are some of the best in Africa, and are the highlight of the trip.
This trip lets you experience the trekking the gorillas of Rwanda on foot in a kaleidoscope of unique settings. It may be a two to three hour trek into the rainforest to see the Sabyinyo Group, or maybe an easier trek to view the Agashya group in the lower foothills.
On this adventurous journey, traverse the highlights of Namibia, visiting the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, tracking black rhino at Desert Rhino Camp, and exploring the dramatic Skeleton Coast Hoanib Camp with its historic shipwrecks, seal colonies, and incredible desert wonders, including animals such as elephant, lion, springbok, gemsbok and ostrich that have adapted to the harsh environment.