Thrilling Activities

Eastern Africa is a haven of attractions as well as activities. Its rugged landscapes, diverse wildlife and beautiful beaches lead to an activity filled holiday.

Glide across the African sky in a colourful hot air balloon and take in Kenya’s magnificent scenery. A balloon safari is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed and can be undertaken in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti as part of game viewing. This is a popular choice for honeymooners and those who wish to have a bird’s view of the glorious landscape and wildebeest migration.

The diverse birdlife in Kenya makes it an ornithologist’s paradise. Ostrich, flamingo, fish eagle, penguin, grebe, pelican, shoebill, storm-pestrel, turaco, ibises and sugarbird are a sample of the treats for bird lovers.

The avifauna of Kenya includes a total of 1132 species, of which seven are endemic, six have been introduced by humans, and three are rare or accidental.

Get close to nature; hear a lion’s roar in the distance, a bush baby’s cry, the chirping of crickets and the call of the night jar, all this and more, can only be enjoyed and appreciated on an exclusive traditional camping safari.

A canoe safari is one of the best ways to see a variety of wildlife close up and get a bit of exercise at the same time. Although it is dependent on the area, you may have the opportunity to observe elephant and hippo wallowing in the shallows or the odd crocodile tanning on the river bank.

Fishing can be enjoyed by all in the rivers and lakes of East Africa. Grab a fishing rod and cast for trout, nile perch and tiger fish (the incredible fighters).

Gorilla tracking is one of the most thrilling wildlife experiences in Africa. Take a wildlife safari into the impenetrable forests of Uganda and Rwanda and observe endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Horseback safaris are a great way to experience the Kenyan bush. Kenya has loads of exciting horseback adventures especially in the private ranches for game rides and long distance riding across the Maasai Mara, Meru and Laikipia. It is a perfect experience if you want to truly to be amongst the nature with the added exhilaration of galloping through spectacular landscape.

A more unusual mode of thrill and discovery is a camel trek through the northern part of Kenya. This is a traditional method of traveling used by the nomadic tribes. Taking a camel safari is an extremely unique way to discover more remote parts of Kenya following ancient routes through valleys and arid plains. Camel trekking is especially suitable for bird watching and scenery.

Cycling up mountains and down valleys, close to herds of tame wildlife is an exciting experience. Every year a spectacular and unique sporting-cum-fundraising event dubbed ‘cycle with the rhinos’ takes place in the Lake Nakuru National park where you cycle as you watch wild animals. Lake Nakuru is famous for its great masses of pink flamingos but is also a rhino sanctuary. The areas of Laikipia and Loita Hills are perfect areas for cycling and mountain biking.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the world that you can simply walk up. Around 22 000 climbers set out each year to conquer it, making it the most climbed mountain in the world. There are several well-marked hiking routes leading to the summit that are graded by difficulty. If you are a keen hiker and love adventure, this activity should be on your list of lifetime goals!

Do you have a passion for photography? Africa’s nature and scenery provides the best canvas for stunning photographic images. Never leave your camera behind on a trip to Africa.

After a scenic flight to 12,000 feet, tumble into the sky from a light aircraft strapped to your professional tandem jump master, for a mind-blowing 5,000 ft free-fall at around 200 km per hour. A totally exhilarating experience and the perfect activity for any daredevil.

The cities, museums, shopping areas, sites and monuments in Africa lend to pleasurable and insightful sightseeing. Take a tour of Zanzibar’s historic old Stone Town and have fun getting lost in the fascinating winding alleyways.

There are many mountains in East Africa. The best treks or hikes include Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak; Mount Kenya and the Rwenzori mountains.

In Kenya, other trekking destinations include: Mount Elgon, Cherengani Hills and Mount Longonot. The impressive OlOlokwe, just north of Samburu, has some excellent climbing routes. Hell’s Gate National Park is also famous for trekking as it is the Arabuko Sokoke Forest along the Kenya Coast

Experience the excitement and adrenaline of taking on the wild waters of Africa. Some of the best rapids in the world are found in Africa and include the Rufiji river in Tanzania, the White Nile in Uganda and the Zambezi river in Zambia.

A wildlife safari is the most popular activity during a trip to Africa. Experience the best of African wild game viewing on a tour of Africa’s vast national parks and reserves. The Great Migration one of the worlds greatest spectacles can be witnessed in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania. Amboseli National Park on the other hand, is the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants.

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