Adrenaline junkie is a phrase used to describe people who enjoy intense, dangerous, and thrilling activities that trigger the release of epinephrine, commonly known as an adrenaline rush. If you like to unleash that dare devil spirit when you travel, then Africa has a plethora of adventure activities to suit the bill. Here are some of our favorites:
Swimming in the Devil’s Pool at Livingstone Island, Zambia
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to swim on the edge of a waterfall? Well, the Devil’s Pool gives you the chance to do just that. The Devil’s Pool is a naturally-formed pool situated on the edge of the Victoria Falls adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island in Zambia. The Devil’s Pool is only open between mid-August and mid-January, depending on Zambezi water levels.
The Bloukrans Bridge bungy is situated in the Tsitsikamma area of South Africa‘s Garden Route. At 708 feet (216 meters), it is the world’s highest bungee jump off a bridge, offering amazing views of the Bloukrans River valley. For those who seek the thrill without the leap, the Skywalk offers a front row seat to witness the brave bungy jumpers in action.
Jinja is known as Uganda’s adventure capital and it doesn’t disappoint. One of its most popular adrenalin pumping activities is white water rafting on the Nile River. The stretch of the Nile that runs through Jinja contains 10 rapids, ranging in difficulty from an easy/novice Grade 2 to an advanced/difficult Grade 5. Several companies offer rapids trips and advanced reservations are recommended.
Sandboarding down the giant sand dunes of the Namib Desert is a major thrill and it’s one of Swakopmund’s most popular activities. Beginners can lie down on the board, while advanced and more adventurous riders can stand while surfing down the dunes. There are a number of slopes for varying skill levels, with the tallest dunes offering steeper and faster rides.
Located in northeast Tanzania near the Kenyan border, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (19,341 ft; 5,895 m) and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Climbing the mountain is no small feat and requires proper preparation and training. There are 7 routes up Kilimanjaro, each of which takes a minimum of 5 to 9 days, including time to acclimate to the high altitude. Those lucky enough to reach the Uhuru Peak summit will be rewarded with an exhilarating sense of accomplishment and scenic views of Tanzania.
If the thought of coming face to face with a great white shark sends shivers down your spine, then get yourself to Gansbaai. Gansbaai is considered the shark capital of the world because the channel between Dyer Island (home to many South African penguins) and Geyser Rock (home to 60,000+ Cape fur seals) give the sharks an ample feeding ground. The best time to see the sharks is from May to September, which is also the coldest time of the year in South Africa.
Dakar is one of the best kept secrets of surfing enthusiasts. Its geographic location on the Dakar peninsula, which exposes it to northern, western, and southern swell patterns, ensures that the city sees decent waves all year round. With consistent waves and no sharks to worry about, it’s a perfect surfing destination though its surf spots are uncrowded. Ngor Island Surf Camp offers classes and surf trips for any experience level, from beginner to advanced.
Several times per year, Skydive Egypt and a few other companies sponsor events for experienced skydivers and first timers (tandem jumpers) to explore the land of Pharaohs by skydiving or wingsuit flying over Egypt‘s historical venues.
If the above list has you itching for adventure and you would like to experience one or more as part of your custom itinerary, then reach out to us. We would love to help you plan your dream African adventure.