There is no day wasted on an African trek; you can chose from a variety of rugged barren mountains, thick indigenous forests with pristine falls to show off their rain-making ability, fiercely jagged canyons, deep eroded cliffs giving way to valleys and escarpments and vast stretches of lose dessert sands and giant dunes. Whichever is your choice, trekking in Africa calls for distinctive preparation and a thorough briefing of what to expect in terms of terrain, altitude and weather conditions. While some trekking companies have adapted a grading system to guide trekkers in selecting trails within their ability, excellent physical condition is top priority. Jovago.com has put together four African treks you should take up for an annual self-challenge.
Ethiopia’s landscape offers audacious contrasts for thrill seeking trekkers; from the Simien Mountains- a historic feature listed on UNESCO World Heritage sites, the ruins at Axum and the rock hewn churches in Lallibela, monasteries on Lake Tana and the Omo Valley, home to world’s most ancient culture. Trekking the Simiens is however not the only sport-related attraction for tourists in Ethiopia; trail running is also gaining popularity as the country seeks to top the list of the top visited countries in Africa by 2020
The rugged rock formation, volcanic extrusions which tower above the highlands are every trekker’s fascination. This age old agrarian landscape is also spotted with gorges, valleys and escarpments which all together form an exhilarating experience. Be sure to indulge in the coffee culture and mingle with the local community for a taste of their traditional warm welcome. The drier months of May-October are best for such outdoor engagement.
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