10 Activities for the Adventure Traveller

If you are dreaming of a once in a lifetime adventure, it is hard to look past Africa and what it has to offer.

There are many people from all over the world looking for exciting adventure experiences and something that they will treasure for a lifetime.

Here are 10 must see adventure experiences in Africa that you should experience for yourself.

1.  Helicopter Flight over Lake Natron and Lake Magadi

A helicopter flight over Lake Natron and Lake Magadi offers an extraordinary aerial adventure over some of the most unique and visually stunning landscapes found in East Africa.

Lake Natron is renowned for its strikingly vivid colors and its inhospitable environment. From the air, the lake's shallow waters reveal a spectrum of red and pink hues, caused by the high salinity and the presence of salt-loving microorganisms and algae. This creates a surreal, otherworldly landscape, accentuated by the stark white salt crusts that form on the surface.

The lake is also famous for its large populations of lesser flamingos, which use the lake as a breeding ground. From above, the sight of thousands of flamingos dotting the colorful waters is breathtaking. The surrounding area features volcanic landscapes, including the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, whose symmetrical cone is a striking sight from the sky.

Lake Magadi is another alkaline lake, known for its high salinity and vast soda deposits. From a helicopter, the lake appears as a patchwork of white salt flats and turquoise waters, creating a mosaic-like effect that is both mesmerizing and beautiful.

The aerial view also highlights the geothermal activity in the area, with hot springs and geysers visible along the shores. The landscape around Lake Magadi is more arid compared to Lake Natron, with dramatic escarpments and rugged terrain adding to the visual spectacle.

2.  White Water River Rafting on the Zambezi River

Regarded as one of the most thrilling and scenic river rafting experiences in the world, conquering the Zambezi river is a must do for all adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies.

A typical rafting trip on the Zambezi River starts with a safety briefing and instructions from experienced guides. Participants are equipped with helmets, life jackets, and paddles before descending down into the gorge, which adds to the sense of anticipation and excitement.

Once on the river, the rafting journey combines moments of intense action as you navigate through the grade 4 and 5 rapids with periods of calm, allowing for relaxation and appreciation of the natural beauty. The guides, skilled in handling the river's powerful currents, ensure safety while providing an exhilarating experience.

The sound of rushing water, the spray of the river, and the adrenaline rush of tackling formidable rapids create a sensory overload that is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring.

10 Must See Adventure Travels in Africa
10 Must See Adventure Travels in Africa

3.  Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking and spending time with one of the most majestic and endangered species on the planet, has to be one of the most immersive and life changing experiences you could have.

The trekking through the rainforest gives you first hand experience into the habitat and terrain that gorillas live in. The hike takes you through dense rainforest, bamboo forests, and up steep, muddy trails and can last anything from a couple of hours to an entire day and some level of fitness is required.  During the treks you do have the option of getting a porter at an additional charge, which we highly recommend.  Not only do the porters assist in carrying your bag and help you up and down some slippery pathways, it also creates jobs, which ensures a bigger effort in  the conservation and protection of these magnificent creatures.

Being in the presence of mountain gorillas is a deeply moving experience. Their expressive eyes, powerful yet gentle demeanor, and the close-knit family groups resonate with many trekkers, often leaving a lasting impression.  The encounter with the gorillas is limited to only 1 group of maximum 8 guests per gorilla family per day and the viewing is limited to one hour.  Considering all of these factors we strongly encourage at least two treks, ideally three to not only have the opportunity of spending time with different gorilla families, but also to give you the best chance of capturing amazing images and understanding the behaviour of gorillas.

The knowledge that these encounters contribute to the conservation of the species adds to the profound sense of connection and responsibility.

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4.  Quad Biking on the Makgadigadi Pans

Quad biking on the Makgadikgadi Pans is an exhilarating adventure that offers a unique way to explore one of the largest salt flats in the world. Located in northeastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans are a series of vast, shimmering salt flats that stretch as far as the eye can see, creating an otherworldly landscape perfect for high-octane exploration.

The feeling of isolation and vastness is a defining aspect of quad biking on the Makgadikgadi Pans. The silence and space are profound, creating a sense of tranquility and connection with the environment. As the day progresses, the changing light conditions add to the surreal beauty of the pans, with spectacular sunsets casting long shadows and painting the sky in brilliant hues.

During a quad biking expedition on the Makgadigadi pans several fascinating features and locations can be explored like Kubu island, Baines Baobabs and the flamingo breeding grounds.

Safety is a priority, and participants are provided with helmets, goggles, and gloves. Guides are knowledgeable about the terrain and ensure that the routes taken are safe. It’s important for riders to stay hydrated and protected from the sun, so wearing sunscreen, hats, and long sleeves is recommended.

5.  Swim in Devils Pool on the Edge of Vic Falls

Swimming in Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls is an exhilarating and unique experience that offers thrill-seekers the chance to swim at the edge of one of the world's most iconic waterfalls. Located on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, Devil's Pool is a natural rock pool situated right on the edge of the precipice, where the Zambezi River plunges over 100 meters into the gorge below.

The adventure to Devils Pool typically begins with a boat ride from the Zambian side to Livingstone Island. The journey offers stunning views of the river and the falls from a unique perspective.

The swim to Devil's Pool involves a short but exhilarating swim through the Zambezi River, navigating through gentle currents and shallow waters. Depending on the water level, there may be some wading and climbing over rocks.

Upon reaching Devil's Pool, the experience becomes surreal. The pool is located right on the lip of the falls, where a natural rock barrier prevents swimmers from being swept over the edge. The water is relatively calm within the pool, allowing visitors to sit or lie on the rock ledge, peering over the precipice into the churning waters below.

The view from Devil's Pool is unparalleled. Looking out across the width of Victoria Falls, with the roar of the water and the expansive gorge below, offers a sense of awe and wonder.

Devil's Pool is typically accessible during the dry season, from late August to early January, when the water levels are low enough to allow safe swimming. During the high-water season, the pool is too dangerous due to the strong currents and higher water levels.

6.  Hot Air Balloon over the Great Migration

Known as the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, the great migration attracts thousands of wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts each year to witness this incredible sight.  What better way than to experience this unbelievable spectacle than from a hot air balloon.

Whether you choose to view the migration from Tanzania Serengeti or Kenya's Masai Mara, you will have front row seats to this mind blowing experience.

The hot air balloon safari departs just before sunrise, giving you the opportunity of seeing an african sunrise over the plains from the air, which in itself is a breathtaking experience.

The balloon ride itself is incredibly peaceful, with the only sounds being the occasional blast of the burner and the distant calls of wildlife. The gentle drift of the balloon allows for ample time to take in the scenery and capture photographs.

The duration often depends on the winds that day but typically last for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a wonderful champagne breakfast in the middle of the African plains.

A hot air balloon ride over the Great Migration is a truly magical experience that combines the thrill of flight with the breathtaking spectacle of one of nature's greatest events. It offers a unique and serene perspective on the relentless journey of the herds, the vastness of the African landscape, and the intricate web of life on the savannah. For wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, this is an experience that promises memories to last a lifetime.

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7.  Fly Fishing in Seychelles

Fly fishing in the Seychelles is a premier experience for anglers, offering some of the best saltwater fly fishing opportunities in the world. Located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, the Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115 islands, renowned for their stunning beauty, clear turquoise waters, and abundant marine life. The diverse and pristine fishing environments make the Seychelles a dream destination for fly fishing enthusiasts.

The waters of the Seychelles are incredibly clear, providing excellent visibility and opportunities to sight fish. The marine biodiversity is astounding, with healthy populations of various fish species, making each fishing trip an adventure.  Target a variety of species on fly such as Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Permit, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Barracuda and Snapper.

The Seychelles offers anglers the opportunity of making use of a variety of fishing techniques such as flats fishing where you are able to wade in the water to fish the shallow flats, Bluewater fishing for those that are targeting larger species like GT's and Milkfish or sight fishing where anglers can see the fish and cast directly at them.

Most fly fishing trips in the Seychelles are guided by experienced and knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the local waters and fish behavior. These guides enhance the experience by providing valuable tips, spotting fish, and ensuring anglers are in the best locations for a successful day of fishing.

Fly fishing in the Seychelles is an unparalleled adventure that combines the thrill of fishing for prized species with the beauty of a pristine, tropical paradise. The combination of diverse fishing environments, abundant marine life, professional guidance, and luxurious accommodations makes the Seychelles a bucket-list destination for any fly fishing enthusiast.

8.  Walking Safari in South Luangwa

A walking safari in South Luangwa National Park offers a thrilling and immersive experience, allowing visitors to explore the African wilderness on foot and connect with nature in a deeply personal way. Located in eastern Zambia, South Luangwa is one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations, renowned for its rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and pioneering walking safaris.

Walking safaris are led by highly trained and knowledgeable guides, often accompanied by an armed scout for safety. These guides have an intimate understanding of the park's flora, fauna, and ecosystems, and their expertise enhances the safari experience, making it both safe and educational.

While on foot, encountering large animals like elephants, giraffes, and buffalo is a thrilling and humbling experience. Guides ensure that such encounters are safe, keeping a respectful distance and interpreting animal behavior to avoid disturbance.

Walking safaris are as much about learning as they are about wildlife viewing. Guides share insights into animal behavior, ecology, and the interconnectedness of the ecosystem. This deepens visitors' understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Many walking safaris are based out of bush camps or lodges that offer comfortable accommodations and amenities. These lodges often provide a rustic yet luxurious experience, with options ranging from traditional safari tents to more permanent structures with en-suite facilities.

A walking safari in South Luangwa National Park offers a unique and intimate way to experience the African wilderness. It combines the thrill of encountering wildlife on foot with the educational insights of expert guides, all set against the backdrop of one of Africa's most beautiful and wildlife-rich parks. This immersive experience allows visitors to connect with nature in a profound way, making it a highlight of any African safari adventure.

10 Must See Adventure Travels in Africa
10 Must See Adventure Travels in Africa
10 Must See Adventure Travels in Africa

9.  Canoeing in the Lower Zambezi

It is hard to think of a more relaxing experience than canoeing down the discovery channel in the Lower Zambezi National park.

Fibre glass dug out canoes are used, with each canoe having a professional guide, ensuring that you can sit back and peacefully drift with the current and soak up the spectacular landscape.

The Discovery channel is a run off from the main Zambezi river and compromises of a relatively narrow and shallow channel.  Along the channel expect to see an abundance of amazing birds from Kingfishers to Bee Eaters as well as hippo and crocodiles and at times larger mammal like elephants and even leopard coming down to drink from the channel.

The canoe trips are conducted by qualified guides and with your safety being the first priority, so you don't need to be nervous about the experience. The slower pace allows for quiet observation and reflection, far from the noise and hustle of motorized safaris. The sense of solitude and connection to nature is profound, making it an ideal adventure for those seeking a deeper, more personal interaction with the African wilderness.

Canoeing down the Zambezi River is an extraordinary way to explore one of Africa’s most iconic rivers. It combines adventure, wildlife viewing, and serene landscapes into an unforgettable experience.

10.  Sky Diving over the oldest Desert in the world, the Namib

Skydiving over the Namib Desert is an exhilarating experience that combines the adrenaline rush of freefall with the breathtaking beauty of one of the world's most unique landscapes. The Namib Desert, often referred to as the world's oldest desert, stretches along the Atlantic coast of Namibia and is renowned for its vast, arid beauty, featuring dramatic sand dunes, stark rocky outcrops, and expansive plains.

The skydiving adventure typically takes place near Swakopmund, a charming coastal town in Namibia known for its adventure sports and German colonial architecture. The town serves as a gateway to the Namib Desert and offers a perfect blend of ocean and desert landscapes.

The adventure begins with a comprehensive briefing at the skydiving center. Experienced instructors provide detailed safety instructions, an overview of the equipment, and a step-by-step explanation of the jump process. First-time skydivers usually participate in tandem jumps, where they are securely harnessed to a professional skydiver.

Once briefed and geared up, participants board a small aircraft for the ascent to the jump altitude, typically around 10,000 to 15,000 feet. The flight itself offers stunning aerial views of the desert and the coastline, building anticipation for the jump. At around 5,000 feet, the instructor deploys the parachute, transitioning from the high-speed descent to a peaceful, controlled glide. The canopy ride lasts about 5 to 10 minutes, offering ample time to take in the incredible views.  The landing is typically smooth, guided by the experienced instructor. Skydivers touch down back at the drop zone near Swakopmund, where they can share their experiences and relive the excitement with fellow adventurers.

Skydiving over the Namib Desert offers a unique blend of thrill and natural beauty, making it an unforgettable experience. The combination of the adrenaline rush from freefalling and the serene glide under the parachute, set against the backdrop of one of the world's most spectacular desert landscapes, provides an adventure like no other. For those seeking an extraordinary way to experience the beauty of Namibia, skydiving over the Namib Desert is a must-do activity.

Skydiving over the Namib Desert offers a unique blend of thrill and natural beauty, making it an unforgettable experience. The combination of the adrenaline rush from freefalling and the serene glide under the parachute, set against the backdrop of one of the world's most spectacular desert landscapes, provides an adventure like no other. For those seeking an extraordinary way to experience the beauty of Namibia, skydiving over the Namib Desert is a must-do activity.

If any of these incredible experiences appeal to you, or if you would like to put together your own customised itinerary please feel free to get in touch with our professional team to put together your dream holiday.

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