There is no denying that the vast scenic landscape of Africa is rife with adventures unique to the place. There are snow-capped mountains, wild coastal cliffs, desert dunes, turquoise waters, and many more. Not to mention Africa is home to diverse wildlife you will never see anywhere else on the planet. Here are some of the best African adventures to try on your next trip.
Must-try African adventures for your next trip
1) Snorkel in Lake Malawi
Also known as the African Great Lake, Lake Malawi covers Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. In point of fact, its expanse covers one-fifth of Malawi’s total area. You can think of it as an inland sea with golden sand and sparkling waters. Moreover, this lake has one of the widest diversities of freshwater fish species, including the vibrantly colored cichlid fish.
Lake Malawi is a place for water activities, such as kayaking, kite surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Suppose you are staying in a lakeside accommodation. In that case, you need not worry about snorkeling equipment — they are complimentary to your stay. You may also rent a boat excursion, which will take you to the best spots along the lake. Boat excursions typically include luncheons and fish eagle feeding. Thus, it is a complete experience.
2) Explore the ‘Playground of the Gods’
In Northern Ethiopia, you will find the Simien Mountains, also known as the ‘Playgrounds of the Gods.’ Once you see the magnificent place, you will understand why it is called such. It has varied sceneries, from grass plains to valleys and pinnacles.
Simien Mountains is home to some of the highest peaks in Africa, like Mount Ras Dashen, the fourth highest mountain. To see the Gelada baboons, Walia Ibex, and endemic birds, you need to trek the mountains and linger in the valleys. The hike, which is an experience in itself, is undoubtedly worth it. However, if you want to avoid exploring the highest peaks by trekking, there are shorter and gentler hiking trails to see these creatures. This more relaxed adventure starts at one of the lodges where you can stay. Guided hikes are also provided.
3) Ride a hot air balloon in Masai Mara
Masai Mara Natural Reserve in Kenya allows travelers to explore the grassland ecosystem and the wildlife it holds underneath. Indeed, there is no more terrific way to appreciate the plains than by riding a hot air balloon.
Hot air balloon rides start at dawn. You have to rise early since you need to be transferred to the launch site, so it is wise to stay nearest your planned launch site. The ride should take off at sunrise. Once up there, you will be amazed at how the golden rays deliver warm colors to the endless plains beneath. In addition, you will appreciate how beautiful Masai Mara is. The entire hot air balloon ride lasts an hour. Upon landing, guests are usually treated to a champagne breakfast.
4) Explore ancient clifftops
What is an African tour without exploring ancient cities? After all, Africa’s tourism also thrives in captivating history and culture. One way is through exploring the ancient clifftops and rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, in Northern Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a historic circuit, and Lalibela is at its core. For one, the place boasts thirteen rock churches built in the 12th century.
If you are up for the adventure, exploring the rock churches in the Gheralta region is for you. The churches are perched atop the cliffs, which means you need to trek the steepness of these cliffs first before you see the churches and the magnificent surrounding views. Since this journey is not preferred by many, rest assured that you are in for an intimate experience with the priests and locals.
5) Experience a classic Zambia safari tour
Considering the vastness of the plains and grasslands and the unobstructed views, there is another African adventure worth taking: sleeping under the stars. However, this is not your usual sleepout inside the camping tent. To truly appreciate the mesmerizing skies during mild nights, visitors are encouraged to set up their makeshift beds on a deserted beach, isolated rock kopje, or up the trees in bird nest style.
Sleeping under the starlit skies is a part of the classic safari tour in Zambia. You will sleep in a remote place while listening to the nighttime sounds of animals, plants, and trees as you doze off. Such an experience is truly iconic. Not all travelers have the heart to cap their African adventure with this experience.
These are just five of the adventures you need to experience when embarking on an African trip. Of course, African adventures are immense; it is impossible to put them on one list. But at least you now understand that on top of a safari tour, there are many other ways to explore Africa.