12 Best Hiking Trails In Africa

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Famous for its warm weather and almost untouched nature, Africa is without a doubt one of the best destinations for hiking in the world.  In this article, we’ll lead you through the best 12 places for hiking in Africa and Africa trekking, so if you can book your trip as soon as possible and head to one of these amazing locations.

1. Mount Cameroon, Cameroon

Located in West Africa, Mount Cameroon will give you one of the rarest and unique opportunities to hike through an active volcano. With the last eruption dating back to 2012, it is without a comparison one of the most exciting hiking trails in the world that can be visited anytime you want thanks to the warm climate in Cameroon, although the rains can be heavy during summer, so it may be better to avoid these time of the year.

With a height of 13,451 feet, Mt. Cameroon falls into a medium-difficult hiking trail, and most hikers need from 2 to 5 days to finish the trail, which makes it great for a weekend get-away. It is well-known for its steepness, so when you decide to book your trip, you should also start working out, mostly on your lower body, quads, and calves.

This trail is also great thanks to many huts and camps you’ll find along the way. If you visit Cameroon Mountain, you should hike the Guinness Trail, the most popular one and the host trail of an annual marathon race across beautiful meadows, rainforest, up to the top.

What Makes It Different?

  • Located on an active volcano
  • Steep and challenging
  • Beautiful scenery

2. Ameln Valley, Morocco

The second trail is located in Morroco, near Tafraoute. It is a popular hiking location among locals and it is becoming more and more popular among tourists, also. What makes it great is the fact that this hike is great for hikers of every level, and you can also wander around the area for days without becoming bored. There are many interesting villages, great scenery, or trail that goes to the top of the Jebel el Kest’s rock or Adrar Mkorn.

This trail will give you the chance to learn about Moroccan culture as you move, but you’ll also potentially run into snakes, wild boars, even lions or some other wild animal, so it is essential to learn how to behave if you do have to deal with any wild animal.

Most hikers will finish this trail in 2 or 3 days, and thanks to a warm climate in Morocco, it can be visited all year round.

What Makes It Different?

  • Great for hikers of all levels
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Nice villages
  • Challenging trails for more experienced hikers

3. Sentinel Peak Hike, South Africa

South Africa is home to the Sentinel Peak hike, regarded as one of the most iconic trails in Africa, is located in the Drakensberg. Also, know as Chain Ladders Hike, this place is probably the most famous one when it comes to hiking in Africa.

It is not as long as others, because it can be done in a day, but its vertical rock face you’ll have to conquer using chain ladders while getting to the top will give you a chance to enjoy a sight you won’t be able to see anywhere else – the Tugela Falls, the highest African and the second-highest world’s waterfall surrounded by Tugela valley. This

What Makes It Different?

  • Great one-day hike
  • Rock face climbed with the help of chain ladders
  • The top will lead you to the Tugela waterfall

4. Livingstonia, Malawi

Livingstonia Malawi is regarded as one of the Africa trekking jewels and one of the most beautiful locations for hiking in southeastern Africa. The great climate in Malawi means you can visit Livingstonia all year round, but the best time to take on this hike is from the beginning of March to the end of April. Learn about trekking and hiking difference here.

The trail leads through the Lake Malawi area and Nyika mountains, and it is loved mostly because of its untouched nature. The recommended time of the day to start your hike is early in the morning, so you can go from your starting point in Mushroom Farm via Manchewa Falls to Livingstonia mission with ease.  This route will also give you the chance to experience a completely natural shower at Manchewa Falls, while you can add Stone House to your planned route and learn something about the local history.

What Makes It Different?

  • Amazing view on Lake Malawi
  • Natural shower at Manchewa Falls
  • Stone House museum

5. Mount Meru, Tanzania

Another volcano on the list comes from Tanzania, and although it has been more than 100 years since the last eruption (1910), Mount Meru is still one of the most attractive locations for hiking in Africa. The average time needed to finish this trail is 3 days, the scenery itself is quite beautiful, but what makes this hike so attractive is its wildlife and the chance to see many different animal species like elephants, giraffes, warthogs, monkeys, etc. That’s why it is better to hit this trail with a professional guide or to have a survival kit within a hand reach.

Although the weather in Tanzania is pleasant all year round, the best time to visit this place is from June to October and from December to February.

What Makes It Different?

  • Lots and lots of different animal species
  • Inactive volcano with beautiful scenery

6. Mount Mulanje, Malawi

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If the main goal of your hiking adventure is to simply let nature take over, then Mount Mulanje in Malawi should be on the top of your „soon-to-be-visited“ list. To get the most out of the experience, plan your trip from April to August and get your senses in shape because you’ll be hiking at the place most people consider as a hiking paradise. It takes 3 days on average to go through the whole trail which consists of tea plantations, grasslands, beautiful, deep gorges, and lots of beautiful rocks at the top.

There are 10 mountain huts available on the trail where you could rest as you make your way to the top of the Mulanje mountain, where you’ll be able to enjoy the astonishing view if you’re lucky enough and the weather is clear. This hike is suitable for hikers of all levels of experience and everyone will be able to enjoy it.

What Makes It Different?

  • It is regarded as a hiking paradise
  • Beautiful nature and amazing sightseeing
  • Suitable for everyone

7. Mount Elgon, Uganda

One of the longer trails on this list, Mount Elgon in Uganda is best when visited from December to March, and it takes about 5 days to go through the whole trail. Great for basically everyone, even beginners, as an extinct volcano this mountain has five peaks – Wagagai, Sudek, Koitobos, Mubiyi, and Masaba.

It may not be as crowded as others, but this trail located on the border between Kenya and Uganda will take you through many beautiful gorges, hot springs, while special attractions are many waterfalls and caves you’ll be hiking by. You’ll also have a lot of trails as your options to reach the top, as you meet and greet different wild animals, like blue monkeys, for example.

What Makes It Different?

  • The chance to hang out with the blue monkeys
  • Not so crowded
  • Different

8. Mount Sabinyo, Uganda

This trail located on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda is best when visited from December to March, and it is one of the most challenging trails on this list. As part of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the terrain is extremely difficult, but it provides you with a unique chance to be at the place from which you’re able to see three different countries during your 4-day-long hike.

When it comes to the hike itself, you’ll probably cross paths with mountain gorilla while on the trail, and you’ll also see bamboo fields, a local plant known as Hagenia Hypericum, and if you look up to the trees, you may see Rwenzori Turaco, the local bird regarded by many as one of the most beautiful birds in the world, and, above all of that, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the quiet beautiful panoramic view.

What Makes It Different?

  • The chance to see 3 different countries from one place
  • Bamboo fields
  • Rwenzori Turaco, one of the most beautiful birds in the world

9. Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Whether you’re into hiking or not, if you visit Ethiopia, Simien Mountains should be one of the locations you can’t skip if you want to feel this country. What makes it unique is a particularly astonishing combination of waterfalls, flower fields, deep valleys, gorges…  So, have your trail camera ready!

Another unbelievable thing that makes this location a must-visit is the wide variety of exotic wild animals, so it shouldn’t be so surprising if you run into Gelada monkeys, Walia ibex, mountain goats and, if you’re lucky enough, you may even get the chance to spot Ethiopian wolf.

What Makes It Different?

  • Breathtaking nature
  • Many different and exotic wild animals

10. Fish River Canyon

This hike is available only from May to September, so you’ll have to time your trip, but it is worth it. Fish River Canyon is 86 kilometers long, and it takes between 4 and 5 days to go from start to finish and it is recommended for experienced hikers, only. As you start your hike through the second-largest canyon in the world, you won’t be able to return, so to get permission, you’ll need to get a medical certificate. For complete and the latest information about needed documentation, you should contact the local authorities about two months before your trip. And you should also check out how to forage for food.

As you make your way through the canyon, you’ll get the chance to admire not only nature but also history and everything surrounding it.

What Makes It Different?

  • Amazing history
  • Beautiful geology
  • How challenging it is

11. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

If you love to hike and you find yourself in South Africa anywhere between May and August with about 3 or more days to spare, hit the road and reach the Blyde River Canyon. This 30 kilometers long trail is not only going through one of the biggest canyons in the world, but it is also one of the greenest areas on the planet and it will without a doubt fill you with optimism.

Along the way, this trail offers you the chance to try many fun adventure sports like kayaking, windsurfing, hand gliding, kite surfing, etc. It is also a place where you’ll be able to see many beautiful animal species like hippos, crocodiles, river otters, klipspringer, and Taita falcons.

There are also many places you shouldn’t skip, like Pinnacle Rock, Berline Falls, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window, and many others.

What Makes It Different

  • Lots of amazing animal species
  • Extreme and adventure sports
  • Unimaginable greenery

12. Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

From December to February and from June to August, the Rwenzori Mountain trail, located at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda is a part of the World Heritage List, which speaks for itself when it comes to the beauty of this place.

To complete the whole trail you’ll need 9 or 10 days, and the trail will lead you through high glaciers, tropical rainforests, cloud forests, while the view on the valley with 9 lakes is something you’ll have to experience.

Besides being one of the most popular places for hiking in Africa, this trail is also regarded as the one main Africa trekking trails.

What Makes It Different

  • It is a part of the World Heritage List
  • It has a valley with 9 lakes
  • Great overall experience for everyone

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Hiking in Africa is becoming more and more popular among hikers around the world, and not without a reason. Whether you’re into hiking or would love to experience Africa trekking, these 12 locations will give you everything you need, so hurry up! The adventure awaits.

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