Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge over the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
3.Technical Mountain Climbing
Technical climbers looking for a challenge wont be short of options in Africa. For some of the best climbing, head to Laikipia in Kenya to tackle Africa’s second highest peak on Mt Kenya. The climb to Nelion Peak is between 15 – 20 pitches, 400 vertical metres with single stretches up to 60m. It takes around 6 – 9 hours to compete, and don’t forget you’re battling with altitude too as you’ll be at an astonishing 5,100m above sea level.
TRIP IDEA: NORTHERN KENYA ADVENTURE SAFARI (6 DAYS)
The ascent to Nelion. Image x African Ascents.
It’s chilly up on that mountain top so we suggest relaxing on East Africa’s tropical coastline when you’re done with your Mt Kenya climb and Zanzibar is the place to be. These turquoise waters and Indian Ocean winds make for picturesque oceanic adventures like kite surfing and wind sailing.
Top tip: head to the remote Mafia Island between October and February and you may get a chance to swim with whale sharks too.
TRIP IDEA: LUXURY KENYA & ZANZIBAR HOLIDAY (13 DAYS)
Kitesurfing in Zanzibar
5. Active Volcano Hiking
Maybe technical climbing isn’t your thing but you still love the rush of standing on top of a mountain feeling like you’ve conquered the world! There are lots of great hikes to do in Africa, but to add a little spice to your trip head to the DRC and hike an active volcano in Nyiragongo. Access is tricky; you’ll fly into Kigali in Rwanda and then cross the border by road to do your hike. Historically this area is high risk due to ongoing conflict so it’s really important that you understand the risks and that you travel with a reputable provider.
Top Tip: warm up for your hike by combining summiting Nyiragongo with a gorilla trek in near by Volcanoes National Park.
TRIP IDEA: VIRUNGA PRIMATES & MAFIA ISLAND (10 DAYS)
Nyiragongo Crater & the Crater Huts viewed from above
If you’re looking for a bit of African airtime then head to Swakopmund, on Namibia’s beautiful and expansive coastline to throw yourself out of a plane at 15,000ft and float over the skeleton coast, watching the Atlantic kiss the desert dunes. A stayover in Swakopmund is recommended on most self drive itineraries that take in Namibia’s famous sites like Soussusvlei and Etosha National Park.
TRIP IDEA: CLASSIC NAMIBIA HOLIDAY (10 DAYS)
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