Whether you like your adventure served up hot or cold, as they say, this is not the continent for sissies…
- Bungee jumping – Bloukrans and Vic Falls
Yes, we know it’s clichéd, but you haven’t earned your stripes as an adventurer if you haven’t jumped off Bloukrans Bridge. At 216m, it’s the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
- Gorilla or Chimp trekking
Definitely one for the bucket list, gorilla trekking or chimp trekking in Rwanda or Uganda is the travel opportunity of a lifetime.
- Diving with Sharks
Gansbaai is the shark cage diving capital of the country, but make sure you hook up with a reputable operator. Alternatively, try 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 exhilerating options closer to home.
- 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.
- Glide the thermals off Lion’s Head
Paragliding along the Atlantic seaboard seems to be a popular pastime and Lion’s Head is a favourite spot. Base-jumping is another adventure option when visiting South Africa’s Mother City.
Nothing beats the romance of a mokoro (dugout) 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.
- 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 Magaliesburg. Or how about a hot-air ballooning safari over the Namibian desert or over the Serengeti during the annual migration?
The list is endless, with hiking the Fish River Canyon, surfing Dungeons in the Western Cape, skydiving in Swakopmund or a helicopter flip over the Vic Falls. There’s no shortage of amazing adventures on offer on the African continent.