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Where to Hike in Africa Summer 2024

Jun 2, 2024 | Travel Tips

Many people head to Africa in the summer for the incredible safari experiences to be had in countries such as South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. However, the continent offers a diverse range of hiking experiences that promise both challenge and awe-inspiring beauty. Check out some of the best places to hike in Africa in summer 2024!

Southern Africa

Namibia

Summer is the coolest period to hike in Namibia, which is the ideal time for hiking in the vast, arid landscapes of this southern African country. Some of the main hiking areas include Spitzkoppe, Mount Brandberg Reserve (home of the highest mountain, Konigstein), the Naukluft Mountains and Fish River Canyon – the multi-day route here draws trekkers from all over the world. Check out the Namibia page for more information on hiking in Namibia.

South Africa

South Africa is one of the best countries for hiking on the continent, with the Drakensburg Mountains, around Cape Town and many other areas available for hiking. While the winter months are optimal for some of these better known areas, the summer months are ideal for other regions. These include: Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Magaliesberg, Wolkberg Wilderness Area, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Royal Natal National Park, and others. Check out the South Africa page for more information on hiking in South Africa.

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The Islands

Reunion

Réunion is a stunning Indian Ocean island, an overseas French department, and found off the coast of Madagascar.  There are more than 1000 km of hiking trails, found within the UNESCO World Heritage National Park, taking up almost half of this small island. The island is dominated by the three Cirques – Salazie, Cilaos and Mafate – which are volcanic depressions providing staggering natural landscapes with, luckily, hiking trails laced throughout.  The best months of the year to hike on Réunion island are May – October.  Visit the Réunion page for more information on hiking in Réunion.

Cabo Verde

Despite its name, Cabo Verde, a small group of volcanic islands off the coast of west Africa, is rocky and barren, and boasts some great hiking opportunities.

Sal and Boa Vista are popular beach destination islands, but for hiking, head to Santo Antão, São Vicente, Fogo, São Nicolau and Santiago. Santo Antão, in particular, is considered the best island for hiking.  Popular hikes include: Pico do Fogo, hikes in the Paul Valley, Ribeira Grande to Xoxo, Monte Gordo, Chã de Igreja to Ponta do Sol, Tarrafal to Monte Trigo. The best months to hike in Cabo Verde are all year. Visit the Cabo Verde page for more information on hiking in Cabo Verde.

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Sao Tome & Principe

São Tomé & Príncipe is a very small two-island African nation that sits in the Gulf of Guinea. It was once colonized by Portugal and has lush, mountainous landscapes to explore. São Tomé is the larger of the two islands and contains Obo Natural Park, which covers a large part of the island and contains the nation’s highest peak, Pico de São Tomé. Príncipe sits north of São Tomé and has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  There are hiking trails on both islands.  The best months to hike in São Tomé & Príncipe is June – September.  Visit the São Tomé & Príncipe page for more information on hiking in São Tomé & Príncipe.

Seychelles

Seychelles is a string of more than 100 islands above Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and is known for its exquisite beaches, but has some beautiful mountains to hike.

The main areas for hiking are on the island of Mahé, where Morne Seychellois National Park covers a large part of the island and contains peaks such as Morne Blanc, Morne Seychellois and Mount Simpson; and Silhouette island which has trails to Mont Dauban and Mont Pot a Eau. The best months for hiking in the Seychelles are June to September during its dry season.  Visit the Seychelles page for more information on hiking in Seychelles.

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Central Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is some great hiking to be had in Democratic Republic of the Congo, especially in the form of gorilla trekking in the mountains, particularly in Virunga National Park, one of the best known destinations for this activity.  Other areas include the majestic Rwenzori Mountains, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, volcanoes around Goma, Lake Edward and Lake Kivu. The best months to hike in Democratic Republic of Congo are some winter months and the summer months. Visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo page for more information on hiking in DRC.

Burundi

There is potential in Burundi, a small east African country, for hiking/trekking opportunities as it is mountainous in the western part of the country.  Burundi has experienced decades of conflict, limiting opportunities for tourism. The main areas for hiking include Kibira Naitonal Park and the Burundi Highlands where the highest peak, Mount Heha, is located. The best months to go hiking in Burundi are May to September. Visit the Burundi page for more information on hiking in Burundi.

Rwanda

Known for gorilla tracking, the eastern African country of Rwanda is known as the ‘land of a thousand hills’ and has plenty of mountainous trails to explore. The main areas for hiking are the Virunga Mountains, containing Volcanoes National Park (and the highest peak of Mount Karisimbi) and Nyungwe Forest National Park. As well, there is the Congo Nile Trail, a long distance trail alongside Lake Kivu. The best months to hike in Rwanda are December to February and May to September. Check out the Rwanda page for more information on hiking in Rwanda. 

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Eastern Africa

Kenya

Kenya is a large country in eastern Africa that is popular for wildlife viewing. It also has plenty of mountainous landscapes strewn along the Great Rift Valley. The main areas for hiking in Kenya in the summer months include Mount Longonot National Park, Aberdare National Park, Menengai Crater, Hell’s Gate National Park, and of course, Mount Kenya National Park, home of the highest peak in the country (and 2nd highest peak in Africa). Visit the Kenya page for more information on hiking in Kenya.

Northern Africa

Morocco

Summer is generally too hot to hike in Morocco, however the High Atlas range is ideal in the summer months where peaks go up to more than 4000 metres. Hike up the country’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, at 4167 metres or try the spectacular M’Goun Traverse. Base yourself in Imlil, a popular village from which to embark upon treks in the High Atlas. Visit the Morocco page for more information on hiking in Morocco.

There is so much to explore in Africa this summer. Check out Where to Hike When for more hiking inspiration!

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