If you’re looking to get your heart-racing, a bit of adventure travel in Africa might just do the trick.
Booking a holiday in Africa means different things to different people. Some enjoy the classic bush safari package and others a lazy beach retreat. There are other brave travellers that like to push past their comfort zone by participating in a range of exhilarating activities.
If you’re already one of these intrepid folks or would like to see what it’s all about, then continue reading to find out what adventure travel activities you can do in which African countries.
Tongabezi – Zambia
Glide through the air above Victoria Falls © Tongabezi
For the discerning traveller looking for adventure travel in Zambia, Tongabezi combines ultimate indulgence with the opportunity to explore the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls.
Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon or a special getaway, you can enjoy relaxation as well as various activities to satisfy the thrill-seeker in you at Tongabezi. Take flight over Victoria Falls – the seventh natural wonder of the world – in a microlight. If you’re more inclined to water sports, choose to jet across the Zambezi rapids in either a large boat group or smaller white-water rafting team. Jump into Devil’s Pool on the very edge of Victoria Falls beside Livingstone Island.
Take a dip in Devil’s Pool © Tongabezi
Guests can choose to stay at the main Tongabezi Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi or its sister properties, Sindabezi Island Chalets and Tangala House, 15kms upstream of Victoria Falls. Perfectly located, beautifully furnished and with all the luxuries expected of a 5-star safari lodge, it’s no wonder that Tongabezi won a spot on the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List this year.
Ematjeni Guest House – Swaziland
Immerse yourself in natural beauty © Ematjeni Guest House
In the heart of Mbabane in the small, land-locked country of Swaziland, Ematjeni Guest House is a site of exquisite valley views that extend to Sibebe Rock, which gives the guest house its name Ematjeni, meaning “on the rocks”. Travellers don’t have to miss out on adventure travel activities as Ematjeni is a great spot for some exciting action.
Get a bird’s-eye view as you sail through the trees whilst ziplining on an aerial canopy tour. However, if you’re not quite ready to face your fear of heights, this may not be the best activity for you! Strap in and go white water rafting in the Great Usutu River that runs through Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa.
Ematjeni is a boutique establishment that lives up to the standards of the Portfolio Collection. A stone house overlooking a lush, green landscape, Ematjeni is a perfect two-night stopover for those travelling to South Africa’s Kruger Park or Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.
North Island – Seychelles
Enjoy stylish island living and easy adventure activities © Wilderness Safaris
Wilderness Safaris’ North Island Camp is a blissful beach paradise in the middle of the Seychelles off Africa’s coast. Travellers looking for more laid-back adventure activities will love the easy atmosphere at North Island Camp that has created a good balance of relaxation and activity.
This is a real ‘no-shoes’ island getaway where you’ll spend most hours in the warm, crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Go diving or snorkelling to plunge yourself in the vibrant colours of coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea life. Stay above the water on a SUP, kayak or surfboard; you can take lessons if you’re still a beginner.
After a day in the water, enjoy a couple of drinks at the sunset bar, tuck into a delicious locally influenced meal and then bed down in a hand-crafted villa that is comfortable yet elegant.
Birkenhead House – South Africa
Go shark cage diving in the home of the Great White © The Royal Portfolio
Part of the Royal Portfolio, you definitely feel royal when stepping into Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa. Perched on a cliff overlooking Walker Bay, Birkenhead House is a luxury, all-inclusive retreat that offers some exhilarating adventures in the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’re up for a real thrill, submerge yourself in the waters where the Great White Shark swims and from the safety of a metal cage experience these powerful creatures up close. If that’s a bit too ‘exciting’ for you, go out on the open water on a captained boat and look for the mighty humpback and southern right whales. Sea kayaking is also a novel experience for those that are relatively fit and enjoy an upper-arm workout.
Enjoy the Cape’s sun, sand and sea whilst staying in the rich modernity of Birkenhead. You’ll experience a high standard of hospitality, local cuisine and overall cosmopolitan atmosphere of South Africa’s Western Cape Province.