Africa is a continent famed for its wildlife, but it’s also a fabulous destination to book a hiking holiday or attempt a trek in the mountains. If you’re planning a personalised Tanzania holiday or you’re looking for opportunities to test your mettle, here are 3 of Africa’s best climbing treks.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
One of Earth’s greatest challenges, a trek to the peak of magical Mount Kilimanjaro is not for the faint-hearted. Stretching almost 6,000 metres into the skies, this is Africa’s tallest mountain and the highest freestanding peak in the world. If you’re interested in tackling the might of this mountain, preparation is key. This is not a trek you can attempt without training, and you’ll need to make sure you have a knowledgeable guide with you. The terrain is difficult, there’s a real risk of altitude sickness, and you’ll need all the physical and mental strength you can muster. However, if you can reach the dizzy heights, all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it. Beneath the mountain top lies the staggeringly beautiful plains of the Kilimanjaro National Park and on a clear day, you may even be able to make out the Serengeti residents in full flight. There are several official routes, so it’s worth doing some research into guided tours, and finding the trip that best suits your fitness levels, your experience, and what you want to gain from the adventure.
Africa’s second tallest mountain, Mount Kenya, is fast earning a reputation for itself after dwelling in the shadows of Kilimanjaro for many years. More and more people are attempting to scale its glacial peak and discovering incredible sights along the way. The lower echelons treat you to stunning vistas of the rainforest and you’re likely to come across dense networks of bamboo. As you climb higher, you’ll catch a glimpse of Alpine moorlands and rugged grasslands. This trek requires a high level of fitness, but you don’t need to undertake extensive training for months beforehand. If you’ve got a good guide, you pace yourself and you’re used to hiking and taking on ascents, you should find the trek challenging, but not impossible.
A Table Mountain trek may not be as physically demanding as Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya, but it is no less spectacular. Standing over the beautiful city of Cape Town, a hike up to the top of Table Mountain comes highly recommended for anyone who is visiting South Africa. From the summit, you can see amazing views of the city beneath, and take in the scale and size of the urban area and the surrounding scenery. The good news is that this trip is more accessible to those who aren’t seasoned hikers and those who don’t have a particularly high level of fitness.
If you’re visiting Africa, and you’re keen to stretch your legs, enjoy the best sights and push your body to the limits, a mountain trek is a wonderful way to spend your time. Just make sure you prepare properly, you have the right gear, and you’ve got your camera primed for those breathtaking shots.