Best Africa Safari Activities | what to do
The beauty about taking a Safari in Africa is that there is a very wide range of safari activities in you can engage in and so much to see and do. depending on the great diversity, I can confidently say that there is something for everyone to do, ranging from the amazing guided walking safaris, beautiful landscapes for photo safari tourists to explore, primate trekking, wildlife views on game drives, birdwatchers have a diverse range of habitats to explores, whereas water lovers wont fail to explore the beautiful corals as ric marine life and a number of adrenaline activities like bungee jumping, rafting and diving for the more adventurous holidaymakers. There are also very beautiful beaches and amazing mountains which will offer hikers quite a challenge.
So in this article we offer you a guide on the best twenty (20) exhilarating activities you can engage in during your holiday in Africa.
Gorilla Trekking in East Africa
I must say that very few people in the world have been lucky enough to get the chance to trek the endangered Mountain Gorillas in East Africa. Today, these can only be found in three destinations across the world and these are: in the verdant rain-forests of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ultimate safari experience in Africa is coming face-to-face with these hairy forest giants in their natural habitat. According to the finding from a recent research conducted in March 2012, it revealed that gorillas and humans are approximately ninety eight percent (98%) genetically identical. so these being one of our closes living relatives, taking part in this adventure is sure a very rewarding wildlife encounter as you will get a chance to observe these highly intelligent, elusive and sociable beings. Mountain gorillas are on the IUCN red list of the critically endangered wildlife species. Currently there are about only 790 gorillas remaining in the world. Uganda has more than half of this population and these can be seen within Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park, while the rest can be seen wither in the Virunga National Park in D.R Congo or the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Gorilla trekking is the most expensive safari activity in Africa with a permit costing $1500 in Rwanda and $600 in Uganda.
Gorillas live in sizeable strongly bonded families led by an adult silverback male comprising of adult females, juveniles and the young ones. They communicate with each other through vocalizing, nearly 25 distinct sounds. They use different tools in their day to day lives. Every evening the construct new nests comprised of branches and leaves in which the sleep. They divide their time into time for feeding, moving and resting. On average, they move about 500 meters which actually is very good news for trekkers. The activity is very exciting and carried out in groups of eight (8) people.
Best Places to see the gorillas in Africa
- Bwindi forest national park, has over 400 of them. A gorilla permit costs $ 700 per person (2020)
- Volcanoes National Park , 96 gorilla permits available every day at $1500 per person per trek.
- Congo gorilla tours costs $ 400
Several years ago, there were millions of chimpanzees living within the forests of the African continent, however today, this population has greatly dwindled to a range of 200,000 to 300,000 chimpanzees in Africa due to human encroachment on their natural habitat. Today these can be seen in Central African Republic, western Uganda, western Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
During the chimpanzee tracking you will search the verdant African jungles as you look for the chimps, once you see them, time will be availed to take photographs and observe them interact with each other. The young ones are quite playful and may even make advances towards you.
Chimps mainly stay in moist forests as well as in the savanna forests. Being omnivorous, their diet comprises of fruits, tree barks, honey, vegetation and some small mammals. Their diet is mainly determined by where they live as well as the season of the year. These highly intelligent Great Apes feed on plants having medicinal importance, thus self medicating.
Amazingly, the chimps posses opposable thumbs similar to humans, as well as an opposable big toe on each foot, that way they are able to grasp objects using both their feet and hands. Basing on which part of the continent they are found, so do their behaviors vary, they use tools and have traditions passed down from one generation to another. They live in communities which can be as big as 120 individuals, and communicate with each other through gestures, facial expressions and vocalizations.
Best Spots to View the Chimpanzee in Africa
- Kibale Forest National Park, highest concentration of chimps in the world, over 4950 chimpanzee population. Permit costs $150
- Nyungwe Forest National Park has over 500 chimps. Permit costs $ 90
- Mahale Mountains National Park with over 800 chimps.
- Budongo Forest with 700 chimpanzee. Permit to see the ape costs $ 80
Walking Safaris are widely available across the African continent and allow you to explore the bushes in a totally dissimilar way compared to the ordinary game drives. You will enjoy a true experience of the African jungles minus the sound of car engines, you will be drawn closer to the gifts of Mother Nature, your senses will be brought to life, your hearing tuned up and sense of smell very alert as you see a number of things that you could have missed out on a game drive. During the walks you will definitely do some little exercise and even learn more about the smaller wildlife living in the African bushes such as insects, plant species, birds and so much more, with large game like antelopes racing in a distance.
These walks are normally offered as independent safari activities that take just a couple of hours and follow defined trails, however there are more advanced trails that take several days and offer accommodation in moderate ‘fly-camps’ out in the wilderness. Furthermore you will find a number of other permanent tented camps that offer better accommodation and specialize in offering walking tours.
The most important element that will determine whether your walking safari will be enjoyable or a total disaster will be your guide. it is important that you have a knowledgeable and experienced guide not only about the flora and fauna but also have some first aid training and safety skills as you will be in the jungles. Different countries have different guidelines regarding carrying a firearm, however, normally you will be accompanied by a park ranger who will be trained and responsible for carrying it during your walk. Nonetheless, there are also some places where you can enjoy a walking safari minus an armed park ranger.
Best Walking Safaris in Africa
- 3 Day Kruger Walking Safari South Africa costs $596
- 4 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya costs $1105
- 4 Days Victoria Falls & Hwange NP costs about $1200
- 7 Days Tanzania Safari , Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire & Manyara costs $ 6000
Riding Safaris, Horse, Elephant & Camel Rides
In Africa, there are not so many places where you will be able to enjoy a riding safari, however countries like: South Africa, Kenya as well as Botswana will offer some form of unique varied riding opportunities. Getting a chance to explore the African jungles on horseback is yet a very unique safari experience as you will be closer to the habitat of the wild animals.
There are a number of lodges and safari camps that have stables and offer horse riding tours as an independent activity being an alternative to game drives or walking safaris. Although with such an adventure you have the flexibility to decide for how long you will ride, please keep in mind that such safaris normally cater for a variety of riding abilities and may not be so enjoyable to experienced horse-riders.
You will also come across a few operators that offer horse riding safaris for a couple of days, and these are more suited for the experienced riders. these normally involve riding for longer hours (about seven hours) each day, and then spending the nights outside in either mobile camps or fly-camp setting a thing that adds glamour to the Safari adventure. Because you will be heading out in the middle of the natural habitats of the wildlife, we recommend that you clearly spell out your riding capabilities to your tour operators to enable them choose the most suitable trail for you.
The horse breeds used varies from thoroughbred to Boerperd, as well s several cross-breeds especially for their good stamina and ability to walk long distances, while the tacks used differ from the English Saddles to the Australian saddles.
On the other hand, Elephant Riding is another popular way of exploring the bush especially in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Besides riding the elephants, you will also get a chance to learn about these largest living land mammals.
Camels are occasionally used in Kenya to transport food staff as well as equipment during walking trails, and in fact guests can also get a chance to ride these camels. It’s quite a fascinating experience as well.
In Kenya, camels are sometimes used to transport equipment and food whilst on walking trails, and it is possible for guests to ride the camels. An interesting experience, but most people will find walking more comfortable!
Cultural Tours in Africa
The African continent is well known for its rich blend of culture, heritage and lovely colorful people. Although majority of the people who come to Africa are drawn by the rich wildlife, well allow me to say this to you; the African people are extremely pleasant and very welcoming and have quite a number of interesting cultural practices that are worth learning and experiencing.
During your safaris in the national parks, you will get a chance to visit the communities of the local people living close to those wildlife sanctuaries and learn about the practices of those people. In different African countries there are a number of lodges and safari camps which are managed and run by the local people thus offering yet a more traditional African Safari experience. Going to the less visited and more remote areas, you might even encounter a number of people who have had minimum exposure to western influence and modernization.
Currently cultural safari experiences have become very popular across the continent and are being combined with the traditional wildlife, bird watching and primate safaris. They will give you a clear insight of the heritage of the people of Africa, however, keep in mind that different parts of the continent have different cultures and practices.
the banks of rivers, wetlands as well as lake shores across the African continent support a variety of wildlife like crocodiles, hippos, birds and a number of other aquatic animals which can been seen during boat rides or canoe rides. The advantage of the canoes is that they will actually take you as far as the shallow water. You will be able to see some elephants, and loner buffaloes cooling off in the mud pools.
A traditional dugout canoe is traditionally known as a ‘makoro’ and it is propelled by a stand. Normally these are used by the locals on lakes, rivers and even wetlands areas like the Okavango Delta in Botswana mainly for fishing and traditional transportation. However during these exciting rides, you will take part in propelling the canoe and explore a number of shallow flood plains to encounter the different wildlife living there such as birds like Pel’s fishing owl, the reed frogs and some animals like the aquatic sitatunga antelope.
Canoe rides are conducted on a number of rivers and lakes on the African continent. Some of the remarkable experiences can be enjoyed on River Zambezi. It doesn’t necessitate one to be physically fit to take part in this adventure as the canoe will always go downstream
When you talk about Africa, what crosses most people’s minds are vast expanses of wilderness, large plains numerous wild animals, rich culture and numerous terrestrial attractions. However, Africa offers more than just the usual wildlife safari quests. It’s just a couple of people that are aware that there is a whole word of creation below the land surface to explore in the different coastal reefs.
The continent is surrounded by three (3) major masses of water which include: the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean as well as the Red Sea, whose waters touch the mainland of thirty eight (38) different countries, thus offering thousands of kilometers of coastline to explore. Although a number of sites have not been explored by scuba divers, this planet offers more than twenty of the best one hundred diving spots in the world.
Here are some of the best places for diving in Africa.
Benguerra Island found in Mozambique: this island is among the most accessible diving sites along the coast of east Africa. The reefs are very close and offer divers and opportunity to explore it beautiful marine life and see other wildlife such as puffers, humpback whales, parrot fish, whale sharks, clown fish, manta rays, reef sharks, stingrays, green turtles in addition to hawksbills.
Red Sea coastline close to Egypt: This is a very old waterway that hosts a number of the best diving sites in the world such as the Ras Mohammed, SS Thistlegorm wreck, Sharm El Sheikh as well as the Elphinstone Reef. There are few waves at this site, the water is very warm and the waters are clear offering good visibility this offering very conducive diving conditions.
Mnemba Island, which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania, offers some of the most conducive diving conditions. The island prides in an eco-system comprised of colorful coral which support a variety of marine life such as hundreds of colorful fish that live in the corals, dolphins, turtles as well as hump-back sharks. Thanks to the crystal clear waters, diving at Mnemba will offer you a very memorable experience with clear views of the wildlife in the water below.
Aliwal Shoal of South Africa: this is popularly known for the shark haunt. it is listed among the world’s top ten (10) diving site. This Marin Protected Area is a very old sand-stone reef found at Kwa Zulu Natal just north of Durban.
Madagascar: it is best known as having the third largest (3rd) system of coral reefs in the world that stretch over an area of approximately 180 miles on the south-western cost of this island that are habitat to over 6,000 species of marine life
Medjumbe Island in Mozambique: this is a small island that covers just a kilometer in length and 300 meters in width. It is also referred to as the ‘Edge of Reason’. This beautiful diving site has a very impressive drop-off which goes down into the barrels down below the caverns as well as the overhangs.
Sha’ab Rumi found in South Sudan
Seychelles: which is an island country found on the Indian Ocean that has a collection of one hundred and fifteen beautiful islands lined with beautiful palms and white fine sand beaches.
The majority of game viewing on the African continent is done through game drives in Four Wheel Drive safari vehicles. Actually some tour operators offer open safari vehicles that don’t have a shade or others with simply a pop-up roof to offer holidaymakers uninterrupted wildlife views. Normally the game drives are conducted early mornings or in the late afternoons so as to avoid the heat-of-the-day when most animals are least active. but in some itineraries you will have full-day game drives, so irrespective of what time to take the drive, you will have the closest encounter of the large wild animals on this adventure.
Whereas off road driving is allowed in a number of private concessions as well as game drives, you will realize that most of the national parks and game reserves do not actually allow it. You guide will actually drive the car following different trails, and some instances be assisted by a ‘spotter’ who will be seated up-front and assist in finding the animals. Majority of the vehicles used in this activity can accommodate between four to ten (4 to 10) people, although most operators limit the number of people in each car to six (6) people for better comfortability. Also, a number of offer safari vehicles which can be hired on a private basis to offer you freedom on your expeditions.
Night game drives are also carried out in a number of African wildlife safari sanctuaries and these interesting adventures offer you a chance to see a number of nocturnal animals which are extremely difficult to see during the day. The guide normally has a powerful spot-light that he uses to locate the animals. The wildlife is located by the flashing reflection from their eyes, and although the quality of photographic opportunities and game viewing are not very good, well the adventure of searching for the animals at night is very exciting. Most of the game reserves and national parks unfortunately do not allow these night adventures.
Tourists enthusiastic about fishing are very fortunate as Africa offers quite a number of options for them such as fly-fishing on river Zambezi and around the Mozambique islands, in addition to deep sea fishing that yields heavy weight fish. Dedicated fishermen should focus on going to Zambia. The different water bodies across the continent offer very amazing fishing experiences.
The Lower Zambezi: dedicated fishermen will definitely enjoy their expedition on the lower Zambezi where they will be able to catch tiger fish and even enjoy the beauty of the waters.
Mozambique: off the shores of Mozambique, holidaymakers will be able to enjoy remarkable opportunities for deep sea fishing. You will be able to enjoy an off-the-beaten track fishing as well as pristine beach experience.
Zimbabwe: visiting Lake Kariba which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world is a good place to catch tiger fisher. You will surely enjoy a very remarkable water experience especially if you are an experienced fisherman.
Birding In Africa
There are more than two thousand two hundred and fifty thousand (2,250) different types of bird species flying and living on the mainland of the African continent, of which nearly 1,500 species are endemic here and not seen in any other parts across the planet. Well if you add the island country of Madagascar, the number of endemic species shoots up by 100 more species. All this makes Africa quite a very remarkable destination to enjoy a bird watching safari.
Some of the best places to watch birds include:
South Africa: the place where the two large oceans meet – the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean are waters rich in nutrients which provide food for a large number of fish. Any place with fish, you will definitely see pelagic birds. Some of the bird species you will see include: Subantarctic Skua, White-chinned Petrel, Cape Gannet Sula as well as the Sooty Shearwater.
Bwindi Forest, Uganda: the impenetrable forest in Bwindi National park form one of the largest and thickest forest areas on the continent. the 33,100 hectare wide forest include low-land and high-land areas which offer home to twenty four (24) of the Albertine Rift endemic species of birds, of which 23 species are only seen within Bwindi like the African Green Broadbill. Additional species include: Chapin’s Flycatcher, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Kivu Ground-Thrush Zoothera, Dwarf Honeyguide and the Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush
Lake Nakuru, Kenya: located at the bottom of the Mau escarpment within the shadow of very old volcanoes, Lake Nakuru is among the must-see tourist destinations in Africa for birding tours. It has around nine thousand (9,000) greater as well as lesser flamingoes which normally swarm the lake in season forming a pink “blanket’ over the lake. These are trailed with other species like African Fish Eagles and the Sacred Ibises
The African continent presents quite a number of challenging and exciting mountain climbing opportunities that hikers can explore while on holiday in Africa. Irrespective of whether you are hiking to the rooftop of Africa or exploring the democratic republic of Congo’s off-the-beaten-track Nyiragongo Volcano, you will certain have an enjoyable experience.
The most crucial factor for you to enjoy your climb is being physically fit, having the right attitude towards making it to the top and having your body well acclimatized for the higher altitude.
Mount Kilimanjaro also known as the roof top of Africa is the highest mountain on the continent, and although it is not technically hard to climb, it is extremely strenuous and somehow risky to summit. the best tip to follow while climbing in Africa is always opt for a route that is most suitable for you and your climbing capabilities as a way of increasing your summit success rate. Mount Kenya and Mountain Rwenzori are among the other amazing mountains you can hike during your mountain climbing adventure in Africa.
Are you searching for an adrenaline-fueled safari experience that is unforgettable? Well search no further than going bungee jumping in Africa, as you jump off towering bridges that overlook some of the world’s most impressive landscapes. You will definitely feel your hair being blown by wind, as you drop from up the bridge to beautiful gorges below crowded with different wildlife. This is among the best adrenaline safari activities and its not suitable for the weak hearted.
So many people wonder what are the best places to enjoy bungee jumping? I have briefly highlighted them below:
The Bloukrans Bridge found in Western Cape in South Africa –this is the world’s highest commercial bungee jump.
Victoria Falls Bridge– this jump is actually located on the bridge which crosses the powerful Victoria Falls and marks the national boundary between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is set-up in a very beautiful environment with a backdrop of the water splash from the powerful water fall.
The Nile Bungee in Uganda, this bungee offers a jump towards the flowing waters of River Nile (the longest river in the world) with beautiful views of ridges and forested islands.
Bungee jumping is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone, however the minimum age of taking part in this activity in most of the locations is fourteen (14) years and you must weigh between 40 kilograms and 130 kilograms (88.2 lb to 286.6 lb). Unfortunately, people with any of these conditions such as epilepsy, pregnancy, shoulder injuries, heart conditions, back injuries, high blood pressure as well as neurological disorders may not be allowed to take part in this adrenaline –fueled adventure activity.
So many years ago in Africa, Bungee jumping started as a cultural ritual for initiating boys into manhood. During that activity, stretchable vines that are fresh were tied to the boys’ ankles and then tied to two (2) high bamboos. Then they were told to jump from the highest elevation they could and dive below stopping very close to the ground as a way of proving the level of their manhood. So this ritual has been modernized and advanced using very special equipment to guarantee the safety of all participants.
White Water Rafting
As you plan your safari in Africa, it is recommended that you include a diversity of activities to offer you the most memorable adventure experience. so white water Rafting may not be the first activity on your must-do list on the safari , however, do not be surprised if it becomes one of your highlights in Africa.
there are a number of places on the African continent where you can enjoy this activity such as at the bottom of the Victoria Falls, or on the level five (5) rapids on river Nile (the longest river) in Jinja – Uganda that can best be enjoyed in January, February and June to September, or on Omo river on the border of Sudan to enjoy the Grade three (3) that can best be enjoyed from September to December. Molenaars river in south Africa also offers a remarkable experience as you take on the Grade four (4) that can best be enjoyed from June to September, and then River Ahansal found in Morocco which offers grade four (4) rapids and can best enjoyed from March to June.
The most recommended time to go rafting in Africa is during the month of July and January. the best rafting experience is offered at Jinja in Uganda where you will experience the level five rapids, and the conditions are actually constant all year round due to the dam found upstream.
During the rafting you will see some wildlife especially in the shallows of the water such as hippos and several birds
Imagine yourself sleeping out under a shimmering blanket of stars as you listen to the echoing sounds of the African bushes. Before longs, these sounds turn into peaceful lullabies and off you drift to sleep. In the morning as the jungle comes to life, you will be awakened by the bright rays of the rising sun penetrating through your tents, or by the sound of a trumpeting elephant, and once you get out of your tent you will see a number of paw prints not far from where you slept.
I guess that sounds very exciting! Well if you have been looking for a perfect way to closely experience all the wonders that the African wilderness offers, then we greatly recommend that you go camping. In fact, camping in Africa is not as frightening as one may think, but rather gives you a personal up close experience with Mother Nature.
Irrespective of where you love the lavish- comfort or you’re in for the basic rough camping experience, camping in Africa comes with a variety of options.
Just as what you may imagine, adventure camping involves setting up a tent, cooking is done over an open-fire, and then sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground. Camping is very popular among holiday makers interested in outdoor adventure as well as budget travelers, and is possible when sleeping outside the designated national parks and game reserves. Therefore irrespective of whether you set pitch in a traditional African village with the locals or out of the lodging area, it’s all safari camping.
Shared bathrooms and a bucket showers are the basic amenities you should expect during camping safaris. That way holidaymakers will be able to adhere to their limited budget. when adventuring into the remote area, we recommend that you check the if the property you are going to is privately owned.
Abseiling in Africa
Abseiling involves taking a controlled descent using a rope. This skill was originally used by fire fighters, climbers while making a safe descent as well as some ‘special force’ security personnel. Participants normally descend over the edge of very impressive cliffs. This activity is very fascinating and can be enjoyed in different parts of the continent.
It does not require much of a skill as the guidelines to follow while abseiling are very precise and participants can easily learn them before their day’s adventure. However, it is better if you do not have fear for heights as it may seem scary to many since participants are so exposed. the largest number of commercial abseiling are strategically located in with beautiful scenery that normally includes rough sea cliffs, impressive mountains as well as jagged gorges close to waterfalls, oceans or rivers.
Generally speaking, abseiling is pretty easy as participants will wear gloves, a harness as well as an element. These are connected to a very strong climbing rope whose movement is controlled by expert guides. The participants then start moving backwards off the towering cliff until they are finally standing horizontally from the cliff. At that point there is a brief stop as most participants take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking view of countryside canopy around them.
The activity can turn out to be dangerous especially if you lack the adequate skill and don’t have well supervised practice. Also a number of places do not carry it out because it can lead to environment damage. One of the best places to enjoy abseiling in Africa is in cape Town of South Africa.
For those of you who may feel that this does not offer quite a challenge, we recommend that you opt for rap jumping. This is rather extreme as participants walk backwards as it is with abseiling, however with the face down first. Some extremely adventurous holidaymakers actually choose to run down the cliff instead.
Kayaking involves exploring different water sources on small enclosed boats having a double blade paddle. In Africa you will find a number of different lodges using kayaks (the small boats) to offer a variety of exciting water experiences many of which are very appropriate for inexperienced holidaymakers.
Every year, more than 25 million tourists visit Africa for their holiday and many come for different safari experiences including wildlife viewing, hiking, birding as well as water adventures. Kayaking is among the different adventures you can enjoy on water. It can be done nearly in all parts of the continent from the powerful Zambezi to the peaceful river Mathioya in Kenya
Kayaks are primarily used for short adventures on coastal waters, rivers as well as lakes. You will get an opportunity of kayaking through the tropical coast, marshes as well as the mangrove forest. if you get an opportunity to kayak upstream of river Zambezi from the Victoria falls, you will get an opportunity to see different wildlife such as elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Whereas visiting the Namibia coast will offer you a chance to kayak with a large number of seals within the lagoon found at Walvis Bay, you will best be impressed when they approach you and start chewing at the tip of your paddle very playfully.
Boat Cruises and Boat Rides
when you think about having a boat cruise I know for many, Africa may not the first destination to cross their mind, however because of the great diversity that this continent prides in, believe me you there so many options that available for you to enjoy. The cruises here can be conducted on lakes, rivers as well as off the coast.
Africa has a very large number of some of the greatest waterways on the planet such as River Nile, the Congo River as well as River Zambezi. You will also discover quite a number of amazing lakes as well as beautiful coastal archipelagoes all of which offer a very unique water experience. Choosing to explore by boat is an extremely pleasant way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery as well as experience the different water bodies and avoid the dusty dump roads on the mainland
Actually For wildlife enthusiasts, taking a boat cruise will reward you with a very unique way to see the rich diversity of wildlife in Africa very different from the traditional game drives. You will get a chance to see a number of water loving animals and birds that you might not be able to encounter while in a car adventure. Some of the wildlife encountered during these cruises includes: hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, in addition to various water birds. Majority of the countries on the continent offer very impressive boat cruises which although should be combined with other safari activities normally turn out as the highlight of the safari.
Boat cruises are an adventure that can be done by anyone including families. They are normally led by a very knowledgeable guide and actually some operators offer nice refreshments, and music on the cruise. You can cruise on any of the major rivers in Africa like the River Nile, River Zambezi, River Senegal, River Chobe and River Malawi as well as to the bottom of the Murchison Falls in Uganda
Africa Food Tours
Although Africa is home to the largest desert, the longest river in the word – the Nile, and prides in miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches in addition to a blend of several cultures and tribes, it is also a remarkable destination to enjoy food tours. For those of you looking for memorable exotic expeditions, then try food tours to South Africa or Morocco.
The food tours in Morocco will get you to a fork of civilization with very tasty food with influences from Spain, Arab, France as well as North Africa all blended together. On the other hand, in South Africa the cuisine perfectly reflects the numerous cultures in the country. These tours will not only satisfy you with food but also give you an opportunity to learn about the culture and heritage of the local people in these countries. You will also get a chance to take part in the preparation of the local meals.
Farm Tours or Trips
The allure of farm tours in Africa lies in the rich diversity of the continent’s landscape, weather, wildlife as well as the people. Actually the agricultural industry reveals this through the diversity of livestock, subtropical fruit, sugar cane, grain, viticulture as well as deciduous fruits. Some of the best farms can be found in South Africa
Taking South Africa for example, due to the varied climatic conditions and soil types, the farmers there cultivate nearly all crop types and rear majority of the domestic animals. That way they are able to produce all the food the country needs to consume in a year. Because of the varying zones in the different areas, that include grasslands to the semi-desert and then sub-tropics to the Mediterranean, you will discover that different parts of the continent are better suited for growing different crops.
You will be able to visit some of the fruit farms such as Subtropical Fruit Grabouw farm found in west cape which is among the best regions for growing apples in the world. In fact South Africa exports most a lot of fruits to all countries on the planet.
There are also farms that specialize in cultivating nuts; for instance South Africa exports approximately 41,000 tons of nuts to china annually, and it is the world’s largest producer of the Macadamia nuts.
Don’t miss out on the sightseeing tours to the wine lands of South Africa, considering the fact that this is the eight (8th) largest wine producer on the continent and supplies about 30% of the wine consumed in the world. The largest wine cellar in the world is found in South Africa and has more than 120 million liters of wine. During this tour you will get a chance to enjoy some wine tasting as well
Beach and Island Holidays in Africa
Beach holidays offer holidaymakers a great opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the major cities and are a perfect get away for families and loved ones. The majority of the beaches in Africa actually offer very good accommodation that will reward you with lasting memories. You will enjoy private plunge-pools, spa treatments, bare-foot luxury, swimming, diving to explore the underwater marine life as well as vast expanses of fine sand to explore on foot.
The numerous private islands on the Indian Ocean as well as the breathtaking beaches on this ocean will greatly compliment your beach experience in Africa. You can actually combine this beach holiday to your wildlife safari itinerary or mountain climbing expedition in Africa. The accommodation offered normally varies from the basic budget facilities, to the mid-range facilities and then the comfortable luxury accommodation facilities which won’t only offer you top notch amenities but also the service will be extremely remarkable with very hospitable staff.
Below are some of the recommended places you can visit for a memorable beach experience while on safari in Africa.
Seychelles is the jewel on the Indian ocean offering unmatched luxury, intimacy and romance and the best honeymoon holiday destination in Africa.
The Zanzibar Islands, these also offer a variety of water adventures and very nice accommodation
Mozambique offers a number of unexplored far-away islands with intimate accommodation and remarkable diving opportunities.
Kenya prides in a very rich Swahili culture especially along the Kenyan coast. There are a number of very nice accommodations with pristine beaches.
Maldives is better suited for couple on honeymoon than family holidays. it offers a number of large hotels established in isolated areas offering holidaymakers the utmost privacy and the best get away while on the African continent.
so if wildlife, hiking or bird watching is not your interest, then why not opt for a beach holiday and escape from all the large crowds and explore this other beauty of the African continent.