Top 8 Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris in 2024

Africa is the Fastest-growing Adventure Tourism Destination 

The untamed beauty of southern Africa beckons as the fastest-growing adventure tourism destination in the world. Special journeys to Africa explore the continent’s expansive terrains, wild national parks, rugged coastlines and pristine mountains entice those with an adventurous spirit. Live for the thrill of adventure tourism in southern Africa. The best adventure holidays to the Masai Mara, Uganda, Victoria Falls, the Serengeti and the Namib. Thrilling tours and itineraries. We tailor-make the best adventure safari packages in the ultimate African destinations south of the equator. 

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Cruise through the Namib Desert’s iconic golden sand dunes on a quad bike!

Travel through Africa’s uncharted wilderness areas and experience the exhilaration of diverse adventure travel safaris. These journeys blend off-the-beaten-track destinations with unforgettable outdoor activities and safaris including trails in Zambia’s South Luangwa, hot air balloon rides in Kenya, close encounters with the wildebeest migration in Tanzania and white water rafting at Victoria Falls.

For those seeking greater altitudes, conquer Mount Kilimanjaro or venture into the jungles of Uganda and Rwanda to track the highly endangered mountain gorillas. A unique beach holiday with a twist in land-locked Malawi is part of a diving and water sports thrill as you escape from urban stresses.

For adventure tourists, it’s not merely about taking risks; it’s about forging connections with new cultures and landscapes while embracing physical activity. Adventure tourism embodies the movement beyond one’s comfort zone, a journey to remote and possibly challenging territories. Engage in trekking, climbing, rafting, scuba diving, and more as you immerse yourself in the heart of Africa.

These are our top 8 Adventure Tourism Experiences in Africa:

Dive into Lake Malawi

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Clear and calm waters that allow up to 30 metres of visibility at the best times of the year (August to December) to discover the underwater world of Malawi’s famous cichlid fish.

Lake Malawi, a water adventurer’s haven, covers over a fifth of Malawi’s total area, resembling an inland sea more than a lake. Snorkelling or scuba diving at numerous sites around the lake and its islands offers an opportunity to explore a treasure trove of vibrant cichlid fish. Beyond the underwater wonders, Lake Malawi offers kayaking, sailing, water-skiing, and kitesurfing – to satiate that adventure-seeking spirit. 

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Hot Air Ballooning over the Masai Mara

Hot air balloon ride in Kenya during the early morning
Experience the Masai Mara on a different level. Flying high up in the skies above the Masai Mara is the ultimate safari experience.

For the romantic souls with a zest for adventure, few experiences rival the serenity of drifting over the endless plains of Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. As the sun graces the horizon, enjoy an unparalleled perspective of the majestic grassland ecosystem and its thriving wildlife. Your flight lasts about an hour, culminating in a champagne breakfast in the famous game reserve. 

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Explore mist-covered mountains in search of the largest living primates in the heart of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla trekking stands as a quintessential wildlife encounter in Uganda’s pristine rainforests, an adventure experience that etches itself into the core of your being. Join a small group, guided by an expert, as you traverse challenging terrain in search of the magnificent silverback and his family. Trekking through dense vegetation and steep mountains, the effort is rewarded with a close encounter with these gentle giants, whose behaviors mirror our own. Explore the awe-inspiring Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda, cherishing a memory that transcends a lifetime. 

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mozambique

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Dive or snorkel with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean along the Mozambique coastline and marvel at their grace and beauty.

In the azure waters off the coast of Mozambique Tofo, an encounter with the world’s largest fish awaits—the awe-inspiring whale shark. Despite their immense size, these gentle creatures exude a majestic grace, rendering the experience of swimming alongside them nothing short of magical. These warm tropical waters are ideal for seasonal blooms of plankton, the main sustenance of whale sharks, drawing them close to the surface to feed between October and March. 

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Mokoro Safaris in Okavango Delta

Guests on a Mokoro ride down the river in Botswana
The quietness of the mokoro makes it less likely for birds & animals to take fright, creating the opportunity to capture that perfect photo.

The distinctive adventure safari experience in a mokoro, a long dug-out canoe, silently gliding along the Okavango channels at water level gives explorers a unique perspective of the wildlife. Picture being eye-to-eye with a massive elephant bull as kingfishers dive into the water beside you and an African fish eagle soars overhead—an adventure found nowhere else on Earth. The Okavango Delta also offers boat safaris, game drives and walking safaris but the best exhilarating adventure is to gallop alongside giraffes and antelopes on a horseback safari.

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Adrenaline Adventures at Victoria Falls

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Lean over Devil’s Pool if you dare. But only if you wish. This is your experience and you can decide to go as far over the edge as you feel comfortable doing. Or don’t peer over the edge at all.

Zimbabwe emerges as a top adventure destination, boasting a plethora of activities set against the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Victoria Falls. For the adrenaline enthusiasts, bungee jumping into ravines and navigating wild rapids on a white-water rafting expedition win first prize. Try “The Flight of Angels,” a helicopter ride providing a bird’s-eye view of the sheer power and grandeur of Victoria Falls. For the ultimate daredevils, cross over to Zambia to swim in Devil’s Pool, perched at the edge of a 100-meter drop, with a knee-trembling view.  

Be daring in Vic Falls

The Great Migration in the Serengeti

Game vehicles driving in-between the wildebeest during the migration.
Did you know? The Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest animal migration in the world.

Prepare for a life-changing adventure in Tanzania, a top safari destination where wildlife and the elements collide in a symphony of biodiversity. Tanzania prioritizes eco-friendly tourism, protecting its national parks and wildlife reserves with fervour. The Serengeti is famed for its lion population, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, gazelles, and a multitude of other species. The Mara River comes alive during The Great Migration, with thousands of wildebeests and zebras braving the river’s currents and Nile crocodiles.

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Carnivore Conservation in Namibia

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Carnivore conservation volunteers assist research staff in the monitoring and tracking of the large carnivore and other mammal populations in the area.

Participate in the vital mission to preserve Namibia’s native carnivores, including cheetahs and hyenas, on a meaningful conservation holiday in Beurus with The Great Project. Become an integral member of the Carnivore Conservation and Research Project team within a diverse and breathtaking landscape. Engage in critical conservation activities such as setting camera traps, conducting game counts, participating in cheetah feeding, and tracking animals via radio telemetry. By volunteering at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, you assist in its mission to provide a safe refuge for animals impacted by human-animal conflict. 

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Live for the thrill of adventure tourism in southern Africa. The best adventure holidays, thrilling tours and itineraries. Unveil the adventurer in you and choose wild escapades across Africa. Each experience promises not only excitement but also a deeper connection with nature, wildlife, and untamed landscapes. We have the top Namibian tours for you!

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