The combination of wilderness and adventure makes Africa a unique destination for travellers round the globe. While the full potential of tourism in Africa is still untapped, there are plenty of spots that will provide adventure lovers with the right kind of thrill and satisfaction. The first thing that Africa conjures up in the minds of the travellers is a wildlife safari, but there are various other aspects to the continent that many are not aware of. Africa is a huge landmass and it offers a wide variety of attractions to choose from. Here are a few places that you can check out while planning an adventure tour in Africa.
From the verdant wildlife to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania has plenty to offer when it comes to adventure. The blue waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling and there are plenty of lovely beaches to enjoy a swim. The Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater are paradise for wildlife lovers and serious hikers can take the route to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Zimbabwe offers the beauty of the Victoria Falls and there are plenty of adventurous activities to enjoy in the water. These include white water rafting in the Zambezi River and bungee jumping into the deep ravines. The country also offers the chance to go on a walking safari and experience close encounters with the wildlife. Tourists can also choose a helicopter ride to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Victoria Falls.
With dense forests, volcanoes and crystal clear lakes, Uganda offers nature at its best to the tourists. It is also not as crowded as the other National parks and here you can trek through deepest parts of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see the gorillas from close range. The country also has 120 species of mammals and around 348 species of birds that can be viewed. There are also options to go for a white-water rafting trip in the Nalubale River. You can also visit Jinja to view the source of the Nile river and enjoy kayaking, quad biking and mountain biking.
Namibia is home to the Namib Desert, which offers spectacular views of monochromatic dunes. UNESCO has listed the desert as a World Heritage Site that makes it a must visit spot. The beauty of the orange coloured dunes against the blue waters of the ocean makes the scenery fascinating. The desert country is also home to a variety of animals like cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and lions that makes the country even more enchanting.
Tourists looking for safaris will find Botswana to be the perfect place for watching wildlife. There are also adventure tours across the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta. The other activities include wild walking safaris, game driving and boating excursions. Botswana also offers spectacular sceneries like thousands of elephants grazing in the wilderness and hundreds of hippos wading in the river.
This small island in Indian Ocean is a region of the French republic and offers spectacular natural vistas. The active volcano of Piton de la Fournaise stands as a landmark and it can be climbed by adventure lovers. The white or black-sand beaches offer plenty of scopes to enjoy the Indian Ocean. In addition, there are dense forests that lead to cascading waterfalls and some spectacular views of steep mountains. For those looking for an untouched and magical island destination in Africa, this is the perfect spot.
These are six prime destinations in this fascinating continent that will offer adventure lovers the right package of thrills.