Want to go hiking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo? These three countries are top destinations for hiking safaris in Africa. the mountain climbing experiences there are awesome too. Uganda hiking trips mainly take in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Sipi Falls, Mgahinga, Mount Elgon and Mount Rwenzori. Rwanda hiking trips take place in Volcanoes National Park’s Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo mountains. Congo hiking tours take place mainly in Virunga National Park and Mount Nyiragongo. These are all great places to visit for adventures. They will give you a good physical challenge. The hikes are not so difficult in nature and are quite enjoyable. Rwanda apparently offers the best hikes, followed by Uganda and Congo respectively. However, if you can make it to Congo, consider visiting Mount Nyiragongo – one of the most dangerous active volcano mountains in the world. You will get to spend a night near the Lava lake and get good views of it. So where would you like to go for a hike? See some of our hiking safari packages below.
Your ultimate enjoyment of hiking safaris will depend on the weather of the day. As you may know, it is not easy to hike in the rain. Most of the trails are slippery and muddy when it rains, which also comes with its own challenge. You have to plan your hike well and make sure it falls during the dry months of the year. These months include June to September and December to February. If you prefer to hike in the rain, plan your safari outside these months, especially in April.
Rwanda VS Uganda VS Congo, where to go for hiking?
All these countries are equally good destinations for hiking safaris in Africa. I would recommend Rwanda first, Uganda second and Congo last. If you can combine two of these destinations, you will get a broader experience. You only need to pack the right hiking gears and schedule your safari for the months.
Hiking Gears to bring
There are so many essential hiking gears to bring on your tour. These are categorized in terms of clothing, foot wear, toiletries, electronics and other essentials. The most recommended items are: a map and a compass for navigation, gears for sun protection, some clothing for insulation, a few lamps for illumination, a first aid kit, fire starting gears, repair kits like knives, energy giving snacks and bites, water bottles for hydration and tents for emergency shelter. You can see a full list of hiking gears to bring here.