No destination is more inherently wild than Africa and with that sense of the great untamed comes the undeniable call of adventure. The adventurous pursuits you can undertake in Africa, with its raging waters, vast horizons and snow-capped peaks, are boundless. Combining this with continually shifting weather patterns, inhospitable environments and the ever-present big game, things can certainly get a little interesting and that’s exactly why we love it!
Walking For those seeking to get closer to nature with some heart stopping moments along the way, a walking safari is the way to go. ambia is the birthplace of African walking safaris and there are a selection of exemplary outfitters there offering fully mobile operations which will see you walking through diverse, uncharted terrain through the day and setting up camp in a different location each night. With game unused to man and wildlife densities unseen in other parts of the continent ambia’s South Luangwa is a phenomenal destination to get back to your own two feet, witness the ground level intricacies of the bush and have your evolutionary instincts stirred as you track big predators on foot!
Canoeing – selinda canoe trails The teeming oasis of the Okavango Delta is perhaps Botswana’s most celebrated destination. By canoe you can navigate shallow channels, glide silently through clouds of colorful birdlife and reach remote pockets of this remarkable ecosystem. Sightings of elephant, wild dog and buffalo are common and, unperturbed by the silent canoes, wildlife remains calm and still allowing for phenomenal encounters. Setting up camp on tiny deserted islands is the stuff of childhood adventures and sleeping by the warmth of the crackling fire as the sun sinks below the silent waters, the peace of the wilderness surrounds you.
Salt pan sleep-out Fewer are aware of the surreal lunar landscape of Botswana’s vast Magkadigkadi salt pans, offering miles and miles of still, endless space. Thrill seekers can break the eerie silence by tearing across the flats on a quad bike, flying full tilt in a straight line for miles without any obstacles in the way. -ourneying to the centre of the pan where little wildlife will venture, you can sleep with nothing between you and the vast emptiness but a sheer mosquito net and a mattress on the salt crust. If you’re lucky you may spot a rare brown hyena sloping past or hear the scurrying of tiny meerkat feet but on the whole it’s just you, the stars and the silence.
Horseriding with the migration Nowhere in the world is the movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration through Serengeti National Park to .enya’s iconic Masai Mara. On horseback you do not witness this spectacle, you join it. Allowing your horse to graze amongst the herbivores and gallop alongside them as the mass movement begins, you are absorbed into the herd. Encountering lion or leopard, your horse’s ears prick and his eyes widen as instinct kicks in and he quivers on high alert but boldly obeys your commands to stand and watch. On horseback, you experience the bush as the wildlife does; your adrenaline surges and the exhilaration is indescribable.
Kili Climb Peaking at almost 000m above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and beckons walkers and mountaineers from across the globe. The Lomosho Shira Plateau -Western Breach Route was pioneered in 1 and being remote and seldom-travelled, is the most scenic and unspoilt. Starting in the Montane Forest, the day hike takes you through lush vegetation and ecologically rich jungle, up near vertical climbs, through windswept, barren passes and across cold lava rocks and slippery glacial ice. Being a non-technical’ route it does not require the use of ropes and ice axes but enduring this challenge does require some physical preparation. Progress can be slow with two strained breaths for every step and at the peak there is only half the oxygen that there is at sea level. Weather, altitude sickness and exhaustion are all factor into making this climb an immense challenge. A good level of health and fitness and a stout mental resolve are essential but at the summit it will all be worthwhile and climber’s amnesia (remembering the ecstasy, never the pain) doesn’t take long to set in!