For those who love adventure, Africa is the place to be. From the Bloukrans Bridge to the “Mountains of the Moon”, to diving with tiger sharks off Aliwal Shoal and riding the rapids of the Zambezi. Whether you like your adventure served up hot or cold, as they say, this is not the continent for sissies…
1. Bungey-jumping – Bloukrans and Vic Falls
Yes, we know it’s a cliché, but you haven’t earned your stripes as an adventurer if you haven’t jumped off Bloukrans Bridge – at 216m high it’s the highest commercial bungey-jump in the world. Sawubona Deputy Editor Jabulile Ngwenya, however, would vote for a bungey jump off the Victoria Falls bridge as a major highlight! [Read her story on her adventures in Zambia in the October 2016 issue of Sawubona, download it here, for free].
2. Gorilla trekking
Definitely one for the bucket list, gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda is the travel opportunity of a lifetime. Read Keri Harvey’s story The Pearl of Africa on Uganda in the January 2016 issue of Sawubona magazine. Watch the moving video, Touched by a Mountain Gorilla that went viral in 2011.
3. Diving with Sharks
Gansbaai is the shark cage diving capital of the country, but make sure you hook up with a reputable operator. Another option is free diving with tiger sharks at Aliwal Shoal on the KwaZulu-Natal coast?
How about rafting the White Nile from Uganda? According to adventure author Jacques Marais – it’s a rush you can’t afford to miss. Of course, rafting down the great Zambezi River and the choppy waters of the Orange River (Northern Cape) are also fun options.
5. Mountains for miles
Yes, we have Table Mountain and the Drakensberg mountain range in our own backyard, but how about adding Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya to your list? Then there’s Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, the Great Spitzkoppe of Namibia or the Hand of Fatima in Mali to consider.
6. Gliding the thermals off Lion’s Head
Paragliding along the Atlantic seaboard seems to be a popular pasttime and Lion’s Head is a favourite spot. Base jumping is another adventure option when visiting the Mother City.
Taking a mokoro (dugout boat) or kayak journey is a great way to enjoy nature’s fine offerings. Nothing beats the romance of a mokoro out in the Okavango swamps. Sea kayaking safaris are also on offer around Lamu Island off the coast of Kenya and in places like the Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique.
8. Hot air ballooning safari
For those who prefer their adventures served up soft – a hot air balloon safari is a gentle way to experience the magic of Africa, as you float over the winelands or the Magaliesberg. Or how about a hot airballooning safari over the desert in Namibia or over the Serengeti during the migration?
Did we mention hiking the Fish River Canyon, surfing Dungeons in the Western Cape, skydiving in Swakopmund or a helicopter flip over the Vic Falls…? One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of amazing adventures on offer on the African continent.