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Best Hiking Trails in Zambia


Zambia is a landlocked southern African country, which has a few mountainous areas to explore.  A top attraction is Victoria Falls which it shares with Zimbabwe. The main areas for hiking include the Mafinga Hills, the Muchinga Escarpment and Kalambo Falls. The best months to hike in Zambia are April to November. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Zambia. 

Capital: Lusaka

When To Hike in Zambia?

April – November: Dry season
December – March: Rainy season

Climate: Tropical or subtropical depending on altitude – dry and rainy seasons 


Zambia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: You need to go with a guide. 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Zambia for hiking:

  • Muyombe

Most popular hikes in Zambia

The main areas for hiking are in the Mafinga Hills in the northeast of the country and on the Muchinga Escarpment which runs diagonally through the country. Highest Mountain: Mafinga Central (2339 m), in the Mafinga Hills, share this peak with Malawi.

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Kalambo Falls

  • Hike up to the top is 1600 ft in elevation gain

Muchinga Escarpment

  • Runs diagonally through the country
  • Lavushi Manda National Park – hike up Lavushi Mountain
  • Mutinondo Wilderness – several trails here

Mafinga Hills

  • Share with Malawi, in the northeast of the country
  • Mafinga Central

Long Distance Trails of Zambia

Zambia's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Zambia Hiking Books: No hiking specific books


Best Hiking Trails in Zambia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mafinga Central
  • Mutinondo Wilderness
  • Kalambo Falls
  • Lavushi Mountain

Easy Hiking Trails in Zambia:

  • Victoria Falls


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What Else To Do

  • Wildlife viewing

Other Important Points

  • Vast distances between attractions