Seven Alternative Holidays in Africa
I have a confession to make – I have a bad case of wanderlust (it never goes away nor dampen) so I always feel the need to try something new. If you’re like me and enjoy traveling, indulging in new adventures and being immersed in new experiences, then here are 7 alternative holidays in Africa that you’re sure to enjoy.
1) Swim with Seals in Cape Town – Cape Town-based business, Animal Ocean, provides “the ultimate wildlife experience for the adventurous”. Ocean lovers go on a half day excursion in which they snorkel with hundreds of playful seals, interacting with them in their environment and on their terms.
2) Take a Walk in Virunga National Park, DRC – an erupting volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning the war-torn African country into an unlikely tourist destination. During a four to six hour trek (depending on fitness level) through the forest, tourists can say hello to the forests inhabitants (chimps, monkeys and antelopes) after which they get to witness the latest lava eruptions from nearby Nyamulagira volcano.
3) Quadbike in the Namib Desert, Namibia – visitors to the remote Serra Cafema camp in Namibia can hop on a quadbike and traverse the Namib Desert. Tours, provided by Wilderness Safaris, include a quad bike eco-excursion through the dunes and a visit to a Himba settlement – one of the last true nomadic people on the planet.
4) Relax Through the Zambezi, Zimbabwe – hop onto a steam train which starts in Victoria Falls and continues on into the Zambezi National Park. The train’s plush interior, great service and good food provide for a nice evening. The train even stops on the bridge providing tourists with fabulous views of the area. Expensive but worth it.
5) Paddle in Malawi – Baobab Travel, runs an adventure holiday for activity-loving water sports enthusiasts who also share a passion for nature. Tourists are based in Cape Maclear and there’s a ferry to Mumbo Island all within Lake Malawi National Park. However, the more adventurous can kayak across to Mumbo Island whilst their luggage goes by ferry.
6) Safari in Uganda – join a scheduled safari or tailor-make yours. The choice is up to you as Great Lake Safaris offers a wide range of options making anything possible!
7) Bike through Ghana – leave the city behind and explore the bush, forestland and remote villages in the beautiful Aburi or Busua area of Ghana. Offering guided biking tours ranging from one to ten days, tourists can cycle or go on foot to check out waterfalls, bat caves and townships; camping in the lush forest each night and mingling with locals.
I’m yet to experience any of these adventures but will certainly try at least a few of them when next I’m in Africa. I’ll also be sure to share with you which was my favorite and why. However, it would be more fun if we swap notes so after your next trip to Africa, please let me know which adventure you indulged in and what your experience was like.