Want to spice up your time in Africa? Do you feel the need... the need for speed? Want to feel more alive and do you enjoy the kick of adrenaline rushing through your veins? There are 1000s of adventure and adrenaline activities to choose from during your time in Africa, but here is our shortlist to get you going.
1. Jump out of an airplane in Namibia
Skydiving is not for the faint of heart. The adrenaline starts pumping well before you even get into the small airplane and take to the skies. No experience is needed for first time jumpers since a professional will be strapped to your back for a tandem jump. Sitting on the floor of a small, noisy airplane, you will enjoy spectacular views over the sands of the Namib desert below as it meets the cold waters of the Atlantic ocean. Just as you settle in, someone opens the door mid flight and the air rushes in and you know it's go-time! Panic sets in as you are pushed to the wide open gap in the sky and you think to yourself - this is crazy!!! One last thought of - am I really jumping out of a flying airplane - and the next second you are tumbling from the sky like human shaped bullet! Try it. It will be fun ;)
2. Bungee Jumping in Zimbabwe
Speaking of falling out of the sky... accelerate to a top speed of 220km/h (around 124 m/ph) while jumping off a bridge with what feels like a little rubber band attached to your ankles. Now that is a whole other level of crazy. And you will love it. Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Zimbabwe with a wide variety of activities that will raise the hair on the back of your neck. Arguably the most 'scary' thing to do is to jump of the century old railway bridge over the Batoka Gorge. The setting couldn't be more magnificent - the Victoria Falls behind you (one of the 7 natural wonders of the world), Zimbabwe to your right, Zambia to your left and 128 m below - the rushing Zambezi river filled with crocodiles and hippos. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Bungeeeee. Who's in?
3. Shark Cage Diving in South Africa
That's right, some of the most deadly animals in the world can be found right here in some of our rivers in Africa. It is best to avoid them and ask around before you jump into any old river... you don't want to end up being on a crocodiles lunch menu! Cooling off in the ocean can also be a risky affair too. Some of the biggest and baddest great white sharks roam the waters around South Africa. The good news is that you can enjoy a refreshing dip in sea and get up close and personal with the sharks in the safety of a cage. In this case however, you will be in the cage and the sharks will be out there in the deep blue... circling around... trying to find a way in... with jaws wide enough to swallow you whole!
4. White Water Rafting in Uganda
The dream of any adrenaline junky. White water rafting offers a wide variety of experiences from fun and relaxing to scattered spells of white knuckle panic and the horror of holding on for dear life! You should try the mighty Nile river in Uganda close to the origins where it's still rough and tumble. Forget about what you saw on TV with the cruises on the Nile in Egypt... this is the exact opposite. There are a bunch of category 5 rapids that will test your grit and determination and you will soon find out why it is called "white" water rafting! Many experts regard this as the best 1 day white water rafting experience in the world. Rapid names such as Bujagali Falls, the Bad Place and 50-50 will make you wonder what you signed up for.
5. Walking Safari in Tanzania
There is nothing quite like it. Walking around in the untamed wilds of the African bush. It is one thing to admire the animals from the safety of a 4x4 safari vehicle, but it's a whole other ballgame when you take a step outside the door. Suddenly you are not at the top of the food chain anymore... you are part of the food chain! The thing is, you never know what to expect.. or what you might come across... or what might be stalking you! An elephant might trample you to death, a rhino might impale you, a lion might rip your skin off or a crocodile might chop your head clean off! You just never know. Luckily there will always be an armed, trained, professional ranger with you to steer you clear of potential danger, and if all goes well, you will enjoy a fun walk on the wild side and you can one-day share your wild tales with your grandkids.