Hiking and Climbing

When you think of hiking in Africa you are probably already thinking about Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is absolutely the trip of a lifetime for many hikers (we have a handful here at Extraordinary Journeys who can attest to that!), and definitely something to cross off any serious hiker’s bucket list. In addition to Kilimanjaro, there are many other great adventures waiting to be had for hikers and climbers interested in exploring Africa and beyond on foot. In addition to these multi-day programs, many camps throughout Africa offer bush walks as an activity that can be anywhere from half an hour to a whole day. Read more on bush walks here.

East Africa

Mt. Kenya: The second highest mountain in Africa and considered a more technical climb than Mt. Kilimanjaro

Multi-day walking safaris with both the Maasai in Kenya’s Loita Hills and the Hadzabe in Tanzania: These trips offer travelers an incredibly intimate experience with two of East Africa’s most unique and enduring tribal cultures in stunning and remote wilderness areas.

Exploring the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Also called the “Mountains of the Moon,” they are one of Africa’s best kept secrets

Hike up to the churches hidden in the Gheralta Mountains in Ethiopia

Southern Africa

The Tok Tokkie Trail in Namibia: A desert mobile camping/walking experience in the Namib-Nauklauft Desert

A  three-day hike from Cape Town through the Cape Peninsula to the southern-most point in Africa

Multi-day walking programs in Zambia’s game-rich South Luangwa National Park

South America

Get your hiking fix on the Salkantay Trail, leading to Peru’s awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. There are several ways to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and by foot is one of our favorites! Set out for a half day hike or a multi-day hike to get a sense of the land and people that live in the sacred area. 

Conquer Aconcagua, the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. Celebrate with some R&R in Mendoza’s wine country after your descent.

Patagonia is a hikers paradise! Base yourself at Awasi Patagonia and explore this majestic wonderland with your own private guide, included with your stay.

Northern Africa and Middle East

Enjoy a short or long hike in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, with trails bordering mountain landscapes dotted with Berber villages. 

Outside Petra, Feynan Ecolodge in Jordan can organize short to full day hikes through the lunar landscapes of the Dana Biosphere.

South Pacific

Australia has a huge range of amazing hikes, but we highly recommend one of the multi-day Great Walks of Australia with a naturalist guide and comfortable accommodation which take place as set departures across the country.

Tasmania, although a small island, has some of our all-time favorite walks!

New Zealand is full of breathtaking hikes – whether they’re short walks, full day hikes, or multi-day treks. We highly recommend one of the multi-day Great Walks of New Zealand with a naturalist guide and comfortable accommodation which take place as set departures across the country. Fiordland has some of our all-time favorite walks!