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Africa + the Middle East

Africa: Walking Safaris

Step out of the jeep and into the wild.

Zambia: In the home of the walking safari, veteran Zambian outfitter Robin Pope Safaris offers a mobile camping trek through a remote part of South Luangwa National Park. You’ll spend days tracking lions or observing buffalo along the Mupamadzi River bank, and evenings at a roving camp with walk-in tents and Mara campfires. Eight days from $4,388. +

Tanzania: Ker & Downey’s Tanzania Walking Safari focuses on elephant- and giraffe-spotting in private concessions adjacent to Tarangire National Park and on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria; you’ll also visit northwestern Serengeti National Park. A team will escort you to each of the three destinations, where you’ll stay at top-notch lodges and tents with en suite bathrooms. 10 days from $10,165. +

Kenya: Excursions on foot are the focus of Dorobo, a camp located on the Masai-owned Naboisho Conservancy and operated by sustainability-minded Basecamp Explorer. The site has 10 canvas tents with open-air showers and a well-stocked bush bar. Use the camp as your starting point for daily wildlife walks with naturalist Masai guides. From $340 per person, all-inclusive. +

Culture Spotlight

The Meket Community Tourism Walk in Ethiopia from Journeys by Design heads north from Addis Ababa along the Meket escarpment, where you’ll encounter remote highland communities and sleep in rustic inns. Seven days from $4,500. ++

Wild Walk in Palestine from Wild Frontiers visits sites on the biblical path of Abraham between Nablus and Jerusalem. Nine days from $2,782. ++

A Morocco trip from CW goes from Fez to Marrakesh and into the High Atlas Mountains. 11 days from $5,298. ++

Conquering Kilimanjaro

Africa’s highest peak (19,340 feet) is attainable—choose the pace that’s right for you.

I Just Want to Get to the Top: Machame Trail
The Mount Kilimanjaro climb from Micato Safaris takes the Machame trail (the fastest and most straightforward route), ascending 14,000 feet over the course of a week. You need to be in good shape, but afternoon tea and fireside chairs keep things comfortable. Also in your party? A guide, a chef, porters to carry your gear, and waitstaff. Seven days from $4,750. ++++

I’ve Got Time, and Lots of It: Lemosho Trail
If you have the vacation days to spare, take the 11-day Lemosho route, which gently ascends to the summit at a relaxed pace, making it easier to acclimate. Alpine Ascents pairs this route with a visit to Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. 16 days from $6,600. +++

Extreme is My Middle Name: Grand Traverse: You’ll need extra training to conquer the Grand Traverse route, which circumnavigates the mountain. A trek with Thomson Safaris begins on the western side and cuts east to the Mawenzi Volcano before making camp inside Kili’s crater at 18,802 feet. 10 days from $8,290.

T+L Tip: For advice on how to avoid altitude sickness, visit the Altitude Research Center.

Level of Difficulty

+ Easy
++ Intermediate
+++ Challenging
++++ Rigorous


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