Africa offers a variety of experiences for all travelers and interests. Whether you are an explorer looking for your next big adventure, simply looking to relax, or experience something in between, Africa has something to offer you. This list is not meant to be conclusive, there are many more things to do in Africa. Contact us for more information and visit our destination page dedicated to Africa.
1. Go on a safari in the grasslands – Did you know that “safari” means “to journey” in Swahili? Whether you are looking for majestic elephants, tall giraffes, graceful zebras, ferocious lions, colorful birds or lumbering hippos, the best way to see African wildlife is on a journey through the grasslands. Safaris can be arranged through a variety of tour groups with fantastic guides who know all there is to know about the wildlife. There are varying types of safaris, depending on what you are looking for. There are family safaris, aimed at pleasing both young children and adults, safaris just for adults and even night safaris. It is even possible to book a safari vehicle for two if you are looking for a romantic getaway. There are also walking safaris located in some areas.
2. Be adventurous or marvel in wonder at Victoria Falls – While Victoria Falls is not the tallest or widest waterfall in the world, Africans claim that it is the largest. Admire the falls from afar, swim to the base, bunjee jump of a bridge, or swim in the Devil’s Pool, if you dare. Devil’s Pool creates an area of slight current near the edge of the falls when the water reaches a certain level, creating an area of water many people enjoy swimming in.
3. Abseil off Table Mountain in Cape Town – Dare yourself to abseil, or rapell, off the highest abseilling point in the world. This is a thrilling experience for those seeking an adreniline rush and amazing views. It is a 112-metre controlled descent from 1,000 metres above sea level.
4. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain, rising 19,341 feet above sea level. There are six official trekking routes, and there are many guided tours if you feel that you are up to conquering the mountain. If you are looking for a smaller goal, there are plenty of smaller mountains as well as hiking trails throughout Africa.
5. Attend a festival – There are many festivals that take place in different parts of Africa every year. This is a great way to experience all of the excitment and culture each country has to offer.
6. Relax on a beautiful beach – Africa’s coast is lined with miles and miles of beautiful beaches, no matter what part of the continent you are visiting. Africa’s East Coast is lined with small islands if you are looking to get away from the crowds. You might even find penguins on a beach in South Africa, where you can also get the chance to be a little more adventurous and dive with the sharks. Looking for the best surfing? Check out the west coast.
7. Shop at a market or bazaar – Markets and bazaars offer not only great shopping, but excelent photo and cultural opportunities as well. Watch a native weave a pair of sandals or create a piece of art and bargain your way to a great deal. These markets help stimulate the local economy and are a fun experience to boot.
8. Sip cocktails and dine in luxury while watching African wildlife – There are many hotels that offer the unique experience of dining, drinking, swimming and living in the midst of African wildlife. Many of these hotels have personal bungalows that look rustic from the outside, but are truly luxurious on the inside.
9. Take a balloon ride across the grasslands – What better way to see the beautiful African landscape than from a hot air balloon high in the air? View the wild animals running below as you look out from above at the amazing sights.
10. Volunteer – There are plenty of volunteer experiences in Africa that will help you see the world in a whole new light. There are many trips offered that can last from a day or two to six months, and everywhere in between. You can add your volunteer trip on to your vacation to experience as much of Africa as possible. Some tour companies, such as Micato Safaris, plan out a few days of volunteer work in addition to your safari package upon request. Take this opportunity to not only see the world, but help others as well.