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WALKING IN AFRICA

ESSENTIAL GUIDE

AN ACTIVITY ON A PAGE BY PHILIP BRIGGS

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Many discerning travellers reckon Africa is best experienced on foot. And they have a point. Certainly some of the continent’s most iconic adventures — be it tracking chimps or gorillas, hiking up its mountains, or exploring remote cultural sites — are available only to those willing to put on their walking shoes. Even a safari gains a more immediate and exhilarating dimension without the constant turning-over of an engine. Here’s our pick of some of Africa’s most exciting on-foot adventures:

HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK, KENYA

One of the few places where it is permitted to walk unguided through big game country, Hell’s Gate protects a dramatic landscape of isolated lava plugs, basaltic cliffs, sulphuric springs and glassy black obsidian caves, all set below the volcanic Mount Longonot. Buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope are almost certain to be seen, the cliffs support a magnificent selection of raptors, and elephant and lion pass through from time to time.

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