Africa is for everyone. It’s for those looking for a relaxing getaway, it’s for those looking to discover new and exciting experiences; for those who want to learn more about the world and its fascinating people; and it’s also for those who seek out thrilling, adventurous activities. Whatever you’re looking for, you are sure to find it in Africa!
In this post, specifically, we’re going to be zooming in on the exhilarating activities and experiences to be found on the continent, which speak to the adventure junkies. And if you don’t necessarily consider yourself the adventurous, thrill-seeker type; best you realise there’s an adventurous side to us all! Some are more adventurous than others, but there’s an activity to suit your desires, trust us on this!
Skydiving | South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Tanzania
Skydiving is the ultimate thrill-seekers activity, and Africa is the perfect place to satisfy that thrilling urge! Just imagine plummeting to earth with Mount Kilimanjaro in your sights – or better yet, in the background of your video! Or what about the great salt pan of Makgadikgadi in Botswana? You see, Africa has so much to offer – even the skydivers are spoilt for choice! The best places to go Skydiving on the African continent are:
- Tanzania, Kilimanjaro (ofcourse!)
- Botswana, Makgadikgadi salt pan
- Namibia, Swakopmund
- South Africa, Cape Town (Malmesbury)
Bungee Jumping | Zambia, South Africa and Uganda
Bungee Jumping may sounds utterly terrifying but everyone who’s done it says it’s the most exhilarating activity – and it can only get better if you’re bungee jumping amidst the beauty of Africa!
South Africa is known to have one of the world’s highest commercial bungee bridges in the world, known as Bloukrans. It comes in at a staggering height of 216 metres above the Bloukrans River. The Bloukrans Bungee Bridge is located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna – two beautiful seaside towns that are well worth a visit.
Other incredible locations that offer bungee jumping:
- Zambia, Victoria Falls (tempting, isn’t it?)
- Uganda, Nile River
White water rafting is not for the faint of heart, although there isn’t anything to be afraid of. The rapids may sometimes appear overwhelming, but the thrill you get after successfully maneuvering your way through them, is priceless! The best places to go white water rafting in Africa are:
- Namibia, Orange River (best for beginners)
- Tanzania, River Rufiji
- Kenya, Tana river
- Zambia, Zambezi River
- Zimbabwe, Zambezi River
Abseil down Table Mountain | Cape Town
Cape Town is every adventure junkies dream destination. Not only does it offer a plethora of adventurous activities, such as: paragliding, bungee jumping, shark cage diving and abseiling (to name a few); but the views of the city will blow you away!
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most iconic landmark. It towers over the city, and affords Cape Town the backdrop of dreams. If you’re not afraid of heights, go abseiling down Table Mountain! You won’t be disappointed by the sights, and what’s better than having everyone know you abseiled down (arguably) the world’s most majestic mountain?
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe and Zambia
The Devil’s Pool is the most unique activity, for sure. The Devil’s Pool, which can be accessed from Zimbabwe or Zambia, is the first and only of its ‘kind’. You won’t find this on offer anywhere else in the world! So what is the Devil’s Pool? It’s a pool located on the top of the Victoria Falls. One can practically swim in the water and peer over the side to catch an unforgettable sight of the water rushing over the cliff; making up the Victoria Falls itself.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro | Tanzania
Need we say more about this one. Every thrill seeker wants to tick this life-altering experience off their bucket list. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, at a height of 4900 metres from its base; and is a dormant volcano. The hike takes between five and nine days to complete, but this depends on the route, the weather conditions and your ability. Statistics show that less than half of all climbers reach the summit.
Shark Cage Diving | South Africa
South Africa is world-renown for its Great White Sharks. People come from all around the globe to catch sight of these ‘beasts of the sea’ in the place they call home. They are sight indeed, as they can be as large as 6.4 metres in length, and weigh as much as 1000kg as an adult. If you want to feast your eyes on these beautiful but vicious creatures, why not go shark cage diving? You can find this activity in the waters of Hermanus – a seaside village around 2 hours out of Cape Town; or in False Bay, a mere 40 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre.
Hike Dune 45 in Namibia
Hiking Dune 45 is for the less adventurous folk, because this activity is fairly easy, and it’s also not overwhelmingly high – so those with fear of heights need not worry! Tourists and locals climb this jaw-dropping sand dune in Namibia, which is situated next to Deadvlei. Once climbers reach the highest point, they roll/run down the dune, which is said to be the highlight of the excursion!
Hot Air Balloon Flights | South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana
Hot air balloon flights are another favourite! It may be a little pricey, but it sure is worth it! Flying over the grasslands in Kenya, peering down at the wildlife below; or viewing the hippos, crocs and big five from a new perspective in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is priceless. It’s like taking a safari from the sky! The places that offer hot air ballooning in Africa are:
- Botswana, Okavango Delta (April – September)
- Tanzania, Serengeti
- Kenya, Masai Mara
- South Africa, The Kruger National Park
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