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Trails are currently listed for seven other Southern African countries:

Botswana Lesotho Malawi Namibia Swaziland Zambia Zimbabwe


Botswana

Botswana is Southern Africa's largest and most authentic wilderness. With the huge expanse of the Kalahari Desert in the south and the Okavango Delta in the north it is, furthermore, a country of harsh contrasts. The Kalahari, which is home to most of the few remaining hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa, the San or Bushmen, can be explored within four game reserves, which together cover an area of 65 000 square km. These are the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Khutse Game Reserve, the Mabuasehube Game Reserve, and the Gemsbok National Park which extends across the border into the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. In the north lies the Okavango Delta, the 15 000 square km grave of the Okavango River. Here the rivers, lagoons, islands and forests stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding desert.


List of towns in Botswana where trails are offered

Mahalapye PontDrift

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Kalahari Bushman
Hike
Mahalapye 7 day in central Botswana; guided; linear; overnight tents provided; 6 persons min; 10 persons max; R1400 per person; transport from and back to Vaalwater (Northern Province) provided; only from April to September
Tel: (+ 27 (0)147552) ask for 222
Rhino and Elephant
Game walk
PontDrift 5 day trail in Lapalala Wilderness area (Northern Province) & Mashatu Game Reserve (Botswana); circular trails from tented base camp; guided; catered; transport from and back to Johannesburg included; 5-8 persons; R2895 (US$890) per person
Tel: (+ 27 (0)11) 814-2855 Fax: (+ 27 (0)11) 814-2855


Lesotho

Squeezed in-between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho is a little visited and little known country. This has much to do with the level of its infrastructure and the fact that 80% of its area is comprised of the Drakensberg and Maluti mountain-ranges. The eco-tourist will, however, enjoy the towering peaks, large plateaux and green valleys. Hikers and horse-riders will be impressed by the number of trails prevalent in the area. Lesotho's main game reserve is the Sehlabathebe National Park which is in the south-eastern corner of the country. Although there is little game to offer, the park's remoteness and scenery are enough to recommend it.


List of towns in Lesotho where trails are offered

Mafeteng Malealea Maseru

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Matelille Pony Trekking
Horse trail
Mafeteng From 4 hours to 4 days; ponies for hire; accommodation in Basotho villages; maximum group 5 persons; winters very cold
Tel: (-) 322896
Malealea
Horse trail
Malealea Pony treks 1 hour to 6 days; huts for loger trails; use lodge as base for shorter trails; self-catering; minimum of 3 persons per group
Tel: (-) 785336 Fax: (-) 785326

E-mail: malealea@pixie.co.za
Malealea
Hike
Malealea
Back to Towns
Various options; 1 hour to six day outings; overnight pony treks available; accommodation in lodge at base; catering available; basic huts on trail
Tel: (+ 27 (0)51) 447-3200 Fax: (+ 27 (0)51) 447-5114

E-mail: malealea@pixie.co.za
4 Wheel Adventures
4x4 trail
Maseru Off-road trail on a "QUAD" (a 4-wheel bicycle); 5 day trip; in the Maluti Mountains; mountain lodge accommodation; unlimited riding in the mountains of Lesotho; 3 persons minimum; R550 per person per day; includes food and accommodation
Tel: (+ 27 (0)11) 804-7493 Fax: (+ 27 (0)11) 804-2984
Basotho Pony Trekking
Horse trail
Maseru 2 hours to 7 days pony treks; accommodation in Basotho villages; self-catering; guides available
Tel: (-) 314165
Frasers Semonkong Lodge
Horse trail
Maseru
Back to Towns
Horse trails fom 3 hours to 5 days; self-catering cottages; camping at Letane camp; extra charge for guides; max 10, no children under 12; explore Malutis and visit Maletsunyane falls; very cold in winter
Tel: (+ 27 (0)5192) 2730 or 3106 Fax: (+ 27 (0)5192) 3313
Frasers Semonkong Lodge
Hike
Maseru 15-20km per day trails fom 3 hours to 5 days; average - difficult; max 10; self-catering cottages; camping at Letane camp; extra charge for guides; explore Malutis and visit Maletsunyane falls; very cold in winter
Tel: (+ 27 (0)5192) 2730 or 3106 Fax: (+ 27 (0)5192) 3313


Malawi

Malawi, a small but a jewel of a country, is known for its warm and courteous people. About 890 km in length, it is little more than twice the size of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Bordered by Tanzania, Zambia and Mo‡ambique one finds rather a diversity of natural environments. From Lake Malawi with its sweeping beaches and its coves, to the highlands of Nyika, where the mountain peaks of Zomba and Mulanje are but a few of its natural facets, this country has almost unlimited hiking potential. Malawi, being almost on the equator can be rather unpleasant during the summer months, but there is always the high mountains with the cool streams and forests, where one can escape the humidity of the low lying areas. The ideal time for trailing is from April to July, when trailists are able to enjoy themselves to the full.


List of towns in Malawi where trails are offered

Blantyre

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Chambe Path
Mountain bike
Blantyre 10km/6 hours; technical and difficult; for the super fit and courageous; closed May to July and November to March
Tel: (-) 465218


Namibia

North of the Orange River and west of Botswana lies the area of land Germany colonised as South West Africa. When independence from South Africa was achieved, the country's name was changed to Namibia. "Namib" is a Hottentot word meaning plain - endless plains with large herds of game is a characteristic sight in this country. Two large game reserves are to be found: the Namib-Naukluft Park in the west and the Etosha National Park in the north - one of the world's largest game reserves. Other interesting areas include the Fish River Canyon, the Skeleton Coast and the Caprivi Strip in the far north-east.


List of towns in Namibia where trails are offered

Aus Grootfontein Keetmanshoop
Lusaka Otjimbingwe Sossusvlei
Windhoek

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Namib Feral Horse Hiking Trail
Horse trail
Aus 28km/ 2-3 days; fully equipped huts
Tel: (06332) Ask for 1-103
Chobe River
Canoe trail
Grootfontein 5 days; maximum 6 persons; guided; and all equipment provided; tented camps
Tel: (+ 27 (0)11) 764-4606
Fish River Canyon
Hike
Keetmanshoop
Back to Towns
90km/ 5day; linear; very difficult; camp site at base; no facilities on the trail; own tent (usually not needed); 40 persons max; May to September only.
Tel: (061) 236975 Fax: (061) 224900
Fish River Canyon Horse Trails
Horse trail
Keetmanshoop 70km/5 night horse trails; guided; equipment provided; passport and visa required; runs mid June to to end October; rough it and sleep under stars
Tel: (+ 27 (0)21) 762-2360 Fax: (+ 27 (0)21) 761-1373
Oas Guest Farm
Horse trail
Keetmanshoop 27km horse trail; camping facilities; maximum 11 persons; closed April to October
Tel: (06342) ask for Stinkdoring 4321
Oas Guest Farm
Hike
Keetmanshoop
Back to Towns
36km/ 3 day trail; well equipped huts; closed April to October
Tel: (06342) Ask for Stinkdoring 4321
Lake Kariba
Canoe trail
Lusaka Short or longer safaris arranged; watch out for storms on lake
Tel: (061) 2253
Hochland Venture Trails
Hike
Otjimbingwe 53km, 1 to 4 days; well equipped huts
Tel: (0628) Ask for Otjimbingwe 3-323
Namibgrens-Dassie
Hike
Sossusvlei
Back to Towns
45km; 1 to 3 days; fully equipped huts
Tel: (0628) Ask for Namibgrens Fax: (0628) 1-322
Arnhem Cave Trail
Day walk
Windhoek 2.5km of cave to explore
Tel: (0628) Ask for 1-430
Dustenbrook Horse Trails
Horse trail
Windhoek Various options on horseback; stay on farm or spend 3 to 5 days camping out; 4 persons per group
Tel: (061) 33572 Fax: (061) 34758
Glynberg Zebra
Hike
Windhoek
Back to Towns
35km/ 2-3 day trail; fully equipped huts
Tel: (061) 23-3931
Namib Desert Horse Riding
Horse trail
Windhoek 400km/9 day horse trail; guided; all equipment provided; February to April and July to September
Tel: (0628) ask for Friedental 1111


Swaziland

Having gained independence from Britain in 1967 this small Kingdom of the Swazi people has since then been run in relative peace and obscurity. The country is, however, beautiful with fertile soil, adequate rainfall and a temperate climate. The country has a variety of game park's and nature reserves. Of note is the Hlane Nature Reserve where a highlight is the Butimba, a week-long hunt, led by the King, that takes place every year. Other parks include the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a favourite among tourists and south of Mbabane (the capital) and the Malolotja Nature Reserve, situated in the Kingdom's western highlands.


List of towns in Swaziland where trails are offered

Mbabane

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Hawane Horseback
Horse trail
Mbabane Horses provided; options vary from one hour rides to 3-day camping outings & overnighting under the stars; huts or chalets available; 3 day trails 8 persons max/2 min; chalets and huts 30 persons max
Tel: (-) 2-4109 Fax: (-) 4-3375
Malolotja
Hike
Mbabane 2-7 day; 200km of trails; various options; in the Malolotja Nature Reserve; chalets/camp site at base; primitive camps on trail (clearings in bush near water); 2 persons min/10 persons max; must be fit; R10 per person; entrance at gate; passport required
Tel: (-) 24241
Meikles Mount
Horse trail
Mbabane
Back to Towns
Guests may go on guided horseback trail around Mhlane mountain
Tel: (-) 74110


Zambia

Zambia is a large landlocked plateau of about 795,000 km square. Almost a third of the country has been demarcated for national parks and game management. Zambia has no access to the oceans but is blessed with an abundance of natural assets, amongst those are the magnificent Victoria Falls, truly a majestic sight to behold. The inland beaches of Lake Kariba and Lake Tanganyika surely make up for its lack of coastal beaches. For the hiking enthusiast, the tail end of the Great Rift Valley, called the Luangwa Valley, is known to trailers in many parts of the world. Added to this, the Kafue National Park offers prime game and walking safaris. This is, however, tropical country where the heat and humidity can be quite uncomfortable during the summer months. The best time for trailing is during the dry, but cool, period from May to August. This is big five country - come along and enjoy its trails. Here you can rough it or stay in luxury hotels or game parks.


List of towns in Zambia where trails are offered

Lusaka

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Batoka Gorge
Hike
Lusaka 4 day; 5 night; difficult; circular; guide on request; base camp; clay and grass huts and own tent; 20 persons max; R150 per person per route
Tel: (+ 27 (0)12) 662-1140 Fax: (+ 27 (0)12) 662-1140 ask fax
Lower Zambesi River
Canoe trail
Lusaka 1 to 9 days at about 20 km per day; accommodation in equipped camps; 4 to 20 persons; no under age 15; March to December best; easy going
Tel: (01) 287748 Fax: (01) 1- 230576
Upper Zambesi River
Canoe trail
Lusaka
Back to Towns
1 to 3 days; do about 20 km per day; equipment provided; also meals and drinks; 6 to 9 persons; no under 16; average fitness
Tel: (03) 32-1679 Fax: (03) 32-0732
Zambesi River
Canoe trail
Lusaka 13km white water rafting; trips up to 7 days also possible; 20 persons maximum; no under age 16; June to mid July and December to March; rapids grade 3 to 6; 23 rapids; portage; guides and equipment
Tel: (01) 224248 Fax: (01) 224265


Zimbabwe

Known previously as Rhodesia, this country has set aside 12% of its land for parks and game sanctuaries. It capital, Harare, is well situated to explore the wilder regions of the country. In the east one finds the Zimbabwe highlands which divide the country from neighbouring Mozambique. Here the highlight is Mount Inyangani, providing a two-hour climb for the hiker. Nature reserves in the area include the Inyanga and Chimanimani National Parks. To the north and north-west lie two favourite sites for nature lovers. There is Lake Kariba, an expanse of water the size of Wales, along the coast of which lie a number of reserves and parks. To the west lies the famous Victoria Falls, with its 100m drops, and the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's premier reserve.


List of towns in Zimbabwe where trails are offered

Bulawayo Chiredzi Harare
VictoriaFalls

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TRAIL NAME TOWN BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL
Matobo National Park Zimbabwe
Mountain bike
Bulawayo Several laid out trails; lodges; chalets; caravan and camp site; suitable for all riders
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Matobo Park
Day walk
Bulawayo Network of marked trails; chalets
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Gonarezhou Park
Game walk
Chiredzi 4 day; guided; circular; chalets
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Charara Safari Area
Game walk
Harare
Back to Towns
Game viewing on foot
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Chipembere
Game walk
Harare 4 nights; wilderness trail; in national park; guided; catered; R1350 per person (includes transfer from Kariba); May to October
Tel: (061) 2946
Lake Kariba
Game walk
Harare Wilderness trails; guided; exclusive camps
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Lake Kariba
Game walk
Harare 3 day; guided; circular; wilderness camp sites
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Mana Pools
Game walk
Harare
Back to Towns
4 day; guided; circular; lodges; camps
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Mufure Park
Game walk
Harare 3 day; 2 night; guided; camp in open
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Bush Train Safaris: Victoria Falls
Combination trail
VictoriaFalls 6 day/6 night; combination of train safari and opportunity for walks in the Victoria Falls area; depart Pretoria; accommodation on the train; meals & bedding extra; R1500 per person
Tel: (+ 27 (0)14) 736-3025 Fax: (+ 27 (0)14) 736-3025 ask fax
Great Zambezi
White water rafting
VictoriaFalls White river rafting in the Zambesi valley
Tel: (+ 27 (0)147552) ask for 222
Kazuma Pan Park
Game walk
VictoriaFalls
Back to Towns
3 day; guided; 2 sites with water; no other facilities
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Victoria Falls
Game walk
VictoriaFalls Various lengths; guided; huts; exclusive camp sites
Tel: (04) 70-6077
Zambesi Horse Trails
Horse trail
VictoriaFalls 2/3 or 4 night horse trails; 2 to 5 persons per group; no children under 16; transfers from Victoria Hotel; tent accommodation
Tel: (04) 73-5712 Fax: (04) 73-5716

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