About Activities & Things to do in Africa
It’s not surprising that incredible safaris immediately spring to mind when people think of things to do in Africa. Yet, this large and diverse continent has so much more to offer once you’ve ticked the Big Five off your list.
Here are a few of the things you can get up to in Africa, whether you’re visiting or looking for a new way to enjoy your home country.
African Adventures for the Very Brave
With some of the world’s most extreme and unique features to its credit, Africa has no shortage of things to jump off of, slide down, dive into, climb on or gaze at in awe from elevated heights. These are the top high-adrenalin activities that you should try:
- Shark cage diving
- Bouldering and canyoning
- White water rafting
- Bungee jumping
- Hang gliding
- Cave diving
- Hot Air Ballooning
These extreme activities may not be for everyone, and there are plenty of other opportunities to get active with a little less adrenalin involved.
Getting Active in Africa
You don’t need to go all out if you’re looking for heart-thumping thrills during your day out in Africa. There are plenty of activities that offer lots of excitement without the risks involved in extreme sports.
Some of these are:
- Zip Lining
- Helicopter and microlight flips
- Horse riding
- Water skiing
- Canoeing and paddle boarding
- Fat Bike Tours
- Dune boarding
- Camel rides
- Quad biking
- Ostrich rides
- Scuba Diving
Now, chances are that if you’re on holiday you’re looking for opportunities to relax or see the lie of the land from a more sedentary perspective too.
Not-So-Active African Activities
If you’re not that into exerting yourself or simply want to balance exertion with relaxation during your time off, the ultimate break is within reach with laid-back African activities to suit the less brave at heart. These are some of the most popular ways to enjoy yourself in Africa without breaking into a self-induced sweat:
- Spa treatments at luxurious resorts
- Swimming in oceans, dams, lakes, rivers and rim-flow pools
- Cycling or biking along scenic routes
- Whale and dolphin watching from land and on the sea
- Boat and yacht trips at sunrise, sunset or any time of day.
- A day spent exploring the winelands of South Africa or Namibia
- Hot air ballooning over savannahs and sands
- Scooter tours in interesting city or natural environments
- Steam train trips to quaint destinations
- Bird watching on hikes, from a secluded hide or the comfort of your private verandah
- Historic walking and cultural tours in the cities
- Guided trips to unique destinations like ghost towns or into the heart of the desert
- Photography excursions
If you’re travelling with children in tow, there’s no shortage of ways to keep them busy either, or experience some long-overdue bonding time.
Family Activities in Africa
Keeping energetic children entertained is easy when you’re surrounded by exciting things for you and them to see and do. Some of these include:
- Skate parks
- Animal farms and petting zoos
- Games arcades
- Water parks
- Special children’s activities at various resorts
Of course, the natural environment itself is the ultimate playground for families and you can also enjoy many hours indulging in beach activities, exploring the local fauna and flora or getting to know the locals.
Other Things to do in Africa
Finally, there are those activities that don’t seem to fit totally in any category but rather depend on the circumstances, or the participant.
Lounging in a rock pool may seem like a sedentary and relaxing activity but not when that pool is Devil’s Pool, on the edge of Victoria Falls.
Safaris could be considered a wholesome family activity, but they’re an active adventure when you head out on horseback and an adrenalin-fest if you’re searching for dangerous animals on foot.
Fishing can either be a relaxing riverside enjoyment, or an action-packed day out in the deep blue fighting against huge black marlin in Kenya.
Hiking is great for relaxing the mind and enjoying gentle exercise, but it’s an extreme adventure when you’re camping out in the Fish River Canyon for a week or more.
Long story, short, Africa has an adventure in store for everyone. Whether you’re admiring the breath-taking landscapes, catching your breath after a strenuous outing or laughing until your lungs want to burst at a comedy show, you’ll find many memorable ways to fill the hours on this continent.
These activities are just the tip of the inselberg when it comes to things to do in Africa. If you’re interested in an activity that’s not listed here, speak to us, we can help you make it happen.
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