Walking Holidays & Safaris

From guided walking holidays in South Africa to walking safaris in the Zambian bush; the memories of walking in Africa will stay with you forever…

Overview

From guided walking holidays in South Africa, to a hike up Table Mountain...Or from a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro to a walking safari in Zambia... The memories of walking in Africa will stay with you forever. There are so many ways to enjoy a walking holiday or walking safari in Africa that it’s helpful to look at all your options…

First, we should declare that a walking holiday and a walking safari are two completely different trips or activities. So we have separate pages on each type of walking vacation in Africa. However, both are ideal for people who want to get away from the modern constraints of life and connect with the simpler joys of nature.

These walking pages offer a selection of private walking tours, 'slack-packing' walking trails & the best walking destinations in South Africa. Plus some of the best walking safaris in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana...

Walking Destinations within South Africa

South Africa offers plenty of hiking trails. In these pages, we guide you towards the best walking areas and best lodges to stay. In the popular walking areas, you will find detailed maps and guide books to help you choose a suitable walk. Many lodges have walking trails on their property or nearby. We tailor-make self-guided walking holidays in South Africa using some of these favourites.

We also offer some privately guided walking tours in South Africa; in the Cape, the Cederberg and the Drakensberg mountains.

Walking in South Africa

Walking Safaris in Africa

For any adventurous adult, a walking safari has to be the ultimate wildlife experience! So what do we mean by a walking safari? At its simplest, it is a walk in the company of a game ranger, usually armed, through big game country. There is nothing to compare with the exhilaration of walking through the bush as your ranger explains the way in which the bark of one tree may be used as a medicinal remedy. Or the leaves of another is distilled to make a formidable alcoholic drink!

This is a way of gaining a deeper holistic understanding of the whole ecosystem, rather than a strenuous walking experience. (But general fitness will add to your enjoyment.) However, it is always possible to come upon a herd of buffalo or rhino, so a walking safari can be an exhilarating adventure!

Zambia walking safaris

Walking safaris come in various formats. From a 3-4 hour bush walk, to staying at a bush camp focused on walking, to a classic walking safari of several days walking from one 'fly camp' to another. (A fly camp denotes a simple mobile camp often with dome tents and shared facilities. It contrasts with a bush camp which is also a simple tented camp but with larger meru-style tents and en suite bathrooms.)

We offer walking safaris in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. See our dedicated pages below...

Walking safaris in Africa

Best time for a Walking Safari or Tour?

Again, this depends on whether its a walking holiday or a walking safari! Most of Southern Africa is characterised by sub-tropical rainy summers and dry sunny winters. Thus the ideal time for walking safaris is between May and September.

However, the Cape of South Africa has a Mediterranean climate so there we recommend between August and December (spring & early summer), and again between March and May (late summer & autumn).

Highlights

  • Tremendous variety in walking terrain from Kilimanjaro to a relaxed coastal trail.
  • Choose between simply adding in some walking into your holiday or taking a guided walking tour.
  • Walking safaris are on offer in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe with specific bush camps focused on walking.

Great to deal with

"Cedarberg were really great to deal with. The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away.  The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it.  Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards. " Mr Martin Butler, UK

Very good value

"Peter was very helpful and clearly paid attention to our thoughts and ideas – we really valued his recommendations " Ms Winter, UK

Seamless and amazing

"Thank you so much, we have returned and we had the best, best, best time! Thank you so much it was seamless and amazing, I would use Cedarberg again. Thank you Maddy! " Mr Ben Cunningham, USA
 

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Africa Travel Specialist

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  • MeaningThe word 'safari' means journey in Swahili
  • Bush CampsBush camps are rustic tented camps, in remote wilderness areas, usually open only for part of the year

"Overall, the trip was wonderful! You and Cedarberg continue to excel in local knowledge, attentiveness in creating wonderful customized itineraries. Every camp was a perfect blend of game, local hospitality and the kind of unique experiences we were looking for. I also had the distinct pleasure thanks to you and the boys – of celebrating my birthday in all three camps! What a memorable and lovely treat. Elewana Pepper Camp was the best in the combination, with Kaz Kaz a close second. The boys loved our driver here—sorry I forgot his name. But he had a great sense of humor, was rather adventurous and aggressive with the driving when there was a crossing and as such, we had fabulous visibility and photos. Kaz Kaz and the entire location was ideal. Remote and relaxed. My only challenge was the very limited wifi – this should have been a weekend spot for me so I would have been less concerned about getting messages. But it worked out. The team at Kaz kaz were less polished (and less fluent in English) but they more than made up for it in their warmth and hospitality. The reduced English fluency meant our guide was unable to share as much about the local people and culture – (which we got lots from in Elewana thanks to Leperes). The last night sunset celebration – which seemed to be just for us, was truly special. I think I sent you some photos. We could not have asked for a better send off. We also had the wonderful delight of seeing all of the big 5 in Kaz Kaz – including a rhino, rather unexpectedly and rather close! Needless to say Kaz Kaz was a huge hit in the family. The tents were also quite spacious and comfortable. I could stay here a week.   " Mari

Very pleased with service

"Very pleased with service received from Cedarberg – queries adequately answered, friendly + helpful staff (it helped me that there was a UK tel number to call), documents sent were clear and comprehensive. " Mrs Johnn, USA

Everything was perfect

"Your service and the holiday you put together for us was faultless. Everything was perfect from the choice of accommodation to the transfers, flights…… everything! It was seamless. " Mrs Ruth Koper

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