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While restrictions in most national parks mean cycling is prohibited, some lodges on private concessions offer mountain bike trips. These will be led by armed and experienced guards to ensure safety.

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If you are looking for something more challenging, why not push yourself to tackle one of Africa’s top peaks? Treks are possible on all of them, with only a couple needing technical climbing experience to reach the summit. Travelling with a specialist operator will ensure you’ll go slow and steady, enabling you to properly take in the dramatic scenery and montane wildlife that you’ve come to enjoy.
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