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10 Adventure Activities for Africa Adventure Tripsby Dalene Ingham-Brown

Have you run out of ways to get that adrenaline rush? Check out these spine-tingling adventure activities that you can enjoy on Africa adventure trips.


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1. Swimming with elephants in Zimbabwe

Believe it or not, elephants are actually pretty good at swimming! If you’re looking for something a little bit more out of the ordinary than your usual elephant ride, why not try the Gweru Elephant Swim? Be prepared for a bumpy ride and a whole lot of splashing! One of the more unusual Africa adventure trips indeed.

2. Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls

Travellers looking for a once in a lifetime experience should try taking a breath-taking bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. Towering a dizzying 111 metres above the fast-flowing Zambezi River, the bridge is a hot-spot for first time bungee jumpers and veteran thrill seekers alike.

3. Climbing Kilimanjaro

Scaling the towering heights of the great Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream for many an avid mountain climber. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and reaching the summit is a gruelling (but rewarding) challenge. Make sure to check out the weather before you go on this adventure trip in Africa!

4. Crocodile cage diving

The Cango Wildlife Ranch in Outdshoorn has become famous for its unique attraction of crocodile cage diving. Brave souls are sent into a pool with just a cage for protection to enjoy some alone time with a bunch of scary looking Nile crocodiles. Thankfully, the crocs have been bred in captivity so they are unlikely to attack.

5. White water rafting down the Zambezi River

If you’ve been bungee jumping over the Zambezi, the next logical step is to go rafting in the river itself. Why not try the wonderfully named ‘Commercial Suicide’ run or perhaps the more pleasant sounding ‘Morning Glory’ rapids? If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can always go on one of the rafting expeditions which range from overnight stays to five day treks. Now this is one of those Africa adventure trips of note!

6. Kloofing in Suicide Gorge

Derived from the Afrikaans word for gorge, kloofing is an adventure activity that involves plunging yourself into the depths of a ravine. One of the most famous kloofing hot-spots is 'Suicide Gorge' in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Applicants must be prepared to swim in cold water and leap across large stretches of waterfall that can be as wide as seven or eight metres.

7. Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking gives you the unique opportunity to see rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on an Africa adventure trip you're not likely to forget. Trekking generally takes place in Uganda or Rwanda in stretches of land protected by gorilla permits. The trek starts early in the morning and can last up to eight hours, so be prepared for the long haul.

8. Skydiving in Swakopmund

What better way to see the sights than from above? Soar like a bird over the beautiful landscapes of Namibia with a tandem skydive or a heart stopping static line jump. Thrill seekers are driven out to the Drop Zone in the Namib Desert before enjoying a breath-taking flight 10,000 feet above Swakopmund.

9. Quad biking through the African bush

Africa adventure trips should always include a dose of speed! Get your goggles on and get ready for a thrilling quad bike ride across Africa. As an alternative to the usual game drives, many National Parks in Africa are now offering quad bike tours. Feel the fresh air rush past you and see if you can spot a herd of elephants or zebra along the way.

10. Paragliding off Lion’s Head in Cape Town

Why take the walking tour when you can fly? Tandem paragliding takes the pressure off first-time fliers so you can just sit back and enjoy those breath-taking views! Take a leap of faith off Lion’s Head before touching down on the beautiful Camps Bay beach.

Becky is a passionate traveller who blogs about her Africa adventure trips and the hidden gems she finds along the way. She currently writes for Enjoybedandbreakfast.com, which showcases unique, unusual and the truly special bed and breakfasts and guest houses from across the world.

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