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…

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From guided walking holidays in South Africa, to a hike up Table Mountain. 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…
Cedarberg Africa has been arranging escorted or self-guided walking holidays in South Africa and walking safaris in African destinations for over 20 years. But we know that a walking holiday or tour and a walking safari are 2 completely different subjects. So we have discrete pages here. 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, ideas for the best walking destinations in South Africa. As well as some of the best walking safaris in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana…

Walking Destinations within South Africa

South Africa offers plenty of hiking trails. In the main walking areas, you will find detailed maps and guide books to assist you in choosing a suitable walk. Many lodges have walking or hiking trails on their property or nearby and provide basic maps. So in these pages, we aim to guide you towards the best walking areas and best lodges to stay. We craft tailor-made self-guided or guided walking holidays in South Africa using some of these favorites.

We also offer a number of privately guided walking tours in South Africa. In the Cape areas as well as the Drakensberg mountains, plus some Slack-packing Trails. These can be booked alone, incorporated into a longer holiday or combined with a safari.
See Trip ideas below…

Walking Safaris in Africa

For any adventurous adult, a walking safari has to be the ultimate wildlife experience! The word ‘safari’ even means a ‘journey’. 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 toothbrush. Or the leaves of another can be distilled to make a formidable alcoholic drink! This is primarily 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!

Walking safaris come in various formats. From a 3-4 hour bush walk as an alternative to a game drive or staying at a bush camp focused on walking safaris. 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 abultion facilities. It contrasts with a bush camp which is also a simple tented camp but with the much larger meru style tents and en suite bathrooms.)

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

Best time for Walking Holidays & Safaris?

Again this depends on whether its a walking holiday or a safari! Most of Southern Africa has hot rainy sub-tropical summers and dry sunny winters. Thus the ideal time for walking safaris is between April and October. Walking holidays in parts of South Africa are a different matter entirely. In the Cape, you may want to avoid the coolest months of the year, June and July. But spring and autumn is wonderful in the Cederberg and late spring and summer is perfect for the Cape and Garden Route. Again the peak summer months may be too hot for walking for most, especially in the Cederberg, Kwazulu Natal and even Cape Town…

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