African safaris have evolved over the past decade to cater to the demand for more exotic ways to experience the African bush and most adrenaline junkies can now enjoy a diverse and safe range of activities from abseiling to zip lining and from bungee jumping to white-water rafting to climbing active volcanoes.
It’s not all extreme activities though and an entry-level adventurer might want to experience a three-hour bicycle ride through a forest in southern Botswana or a relaxed horseback ride among the vines in the Cape Winelands in South Africa.
Fly camping has also taken off in recent years and in a sense this is the most refined way to go on safari and minimize your footprint. Unencumbered by the confines of a vehicle, clients get to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Africa at ground level just like our ancestors did. Accommodation is safe, comfortable but very profound with just a mosquito net between you and the beasts that roam the bush. The feeling is primal and this is what draws people back to Africa every year.
SOME SAFARI ACTIVITIES FOR THE ADVENTUROUS
- Quad bike and hunt for fossils in vast saltpans the size of Switzerland.
- Canoe 60 kilometres of the Zambezi river with the densest hippo and crocodile populations and big five on the riverbanks.
- A multi-day walk through major lion and leopard country in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia.
- Spend time in Livingstone or Victoria Falls and enjoy white water rafting, bungee jumping and microlite and helicopter flights over the Falls.
- Summit an active volcano and spend a night on the crater rim watching a lava lake.
- Track western lowland gorillas in the Congo Basin and encounter forest elephant, buffalo, giant forest hogs and chimpanzees along the way.