Top African Adventures

The words ‘African Safari’ are always synonymous with adventure. When you go to visit this vast continent, you are usually signing up for the great outdoors, getting up close to dangerous wild animals and living in basic accommodation close to nature. There are huge numbers of exciting, thrill-seeking and dare-devil activities available to visitors and here are a few, chosen by adventure experts Safari Consultants:

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Rwanda gorilla tracking

Getting close to an enormous mountain gorilla is sure to get your heart-rate up. Visiting the gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes is a highlight of any Rwandan safari, and it is the destination of choice for anyone whose priority is viewing these primates while in Africa. You’ll be able to see first-hand the gorilla families studied by Dian Fossey and have the privilege to see them in the wild.

 

Canoeing the Zambezi River

Ever wanted to come face to face with an elephant? Well that’s a possibility while canoeing in the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. As the dry season causes waterways to shrink, wildlife of all kinds flock to the remaining water sources. The Mana Pools have a high concentration of hippopotamus, crocodile, elephant and buffalo.

 

Walking safari in Luangwa Valley, Zambia

The remote Luangwa Valley has a long history of hosting walking safaris, which range from casual walks to multi-day lion tracking. Experiencing the wildlife and landscape with nothing between you and nature is a truly raw experience of the kind only Africa can offer.

 

Horse-riding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Imagine traversing paths only used by animals, catching crocodiles, giraffes and buffaloes through the reeds and shallows, from the vantage point of horseback. You’re able to cover plenty of ground while still feeling close to nature, moving quietly through the stunning scenery of this important ecosystem.

 

Flying safari on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The Skeleton Coast that stretches across Namibia’s shoreline is one of the least hospitable places on earth, yet it’s a place of great interest to those who are fascinated by the vast deserts and the endless dunes of the Namib Desert, which are best viewed from above. Why is it called the Skeleton Coast? The name refers to the number of shipwrecks that have occurred due to the fog created when Atlantic currents met the warm Namibian waters.

 

Vivienne Egan writes for Safari Consultants – http://www.safari-consultants.co.uk