5 Incredible (But Crazy) Things to Do In Africa

A safari is not complete without an activity that gives the ultimate experience. This can be a once in a life time attempt that gives you goose bumps every time you remember it. There are many activities of that nature given the fact that Africa has a lot to offer because of its vastness and sheer scope of tourist attractions.

When searching for a unique experience, it is important to think about the rest of the tour activities. Will it fit into other events in terms of the location, budget and time? Will other participants, for groups or couples, like it? But, above all, the aim is to make use of the chance to visit Africa by doing something that can be remembered for a long time.

Instead of the norm-game drive, visiting locals, trekking, mountain climbing, you can attempt other crazier activities. Here are some fun options…if you dare!

1. Ostrich Riding in South Africa

Ride an Ostrich in Africa
Image by Chad Rosenthal from Jerusalem, Israel

The ostrich moves at about 70km/hr and gives a thrilling experience to first timers. They can be found in Oudtshoorn in Karoo which is an ostrich farm. It is an opportunity to learn about this bird and also participate in the memorable ride through the farm.

Some enthusiasts even take part in a race after watching the experts and getting a few lessons.  However, you have to be cautious because these are wild ostriches and there’s no insurance should you be trampled on. But, the experience must be worth the bumpy ride.

2. Cage Diving in South Africa

Cage diving with sharks in South Africa

A shark is a deadly animal and that’s why most people prefer to see see it on television. But, South Africa offers an opportunity to dive and make friends with some white sharks for about 10 minutes depending with how many trips you can handle at close range.

This is done within a cage so that the sharks swim around, but they cannot turn you into dinner. This experience is available in Dyer Island, Mossel Bay and False Bay.

3. Swimming in the “Devil’s pool” in Victoria Falls

Swimming above Victoria Falls

This pool forms at the edge of the falls when the water goes down. It is a great photo spot for enthusiasts who want the great falls in the background. The rocks at the edge of the falls form a wall that holds water creating a pool.

However, it is quite risky because you can fall off the pool and down under. It’s up to you to decide if the magical experience is worth the dare. It can be the climax of the visit to Victoria Falls.

4. Kenya Snake Safaris

Kenya Snake Safaris

Kenya is known for its world famous parks and many tourists love to go on a Masai Mara safari. Going on a snake safari offers you a chance to find and hold snakes of all types such as the black and green mambas, puff adder, boomslang and the python among others. The search it undertaken on foot and using boats in Watamu area of coastal Kenya.

This experience is different because you can find as many species as you want and touch them. However, you must love these animals to want to close to them.  There are other snake parks in the country such as in Nairobi but this tour offers a different experience when searching for the over 100 species.

5. Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping off Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa

The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia border are popular because of their size and height. This adrenaline rush activity has a good and not so good side if the jumper lands head first. There are necessary equipments for the safety of the jumper.

In South Africa, the Bloukrans Bridge is a favorite spot because of its height, and you can also jump from Tana River in Kenya. You can always get video coverage of your experience so that you laugh at the noise you make as you go down the bridge.

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    East Africa Safaris
    July 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Some other, maybe not-so-crazy, things to do in Africa are whitewater rafting in the River Nile in Uganda, and Sky Diving in Diani in Kenya.

    The White Nile near Jinja and Murchisson Falls in Uganda offers visitors with one of the best whitewater rafting experience in the world. From Grade 2 rafting to Grade 5 (there’s even grade 6, but since it is very dangerous and difficult, not many people attempt that). Rafters have given some funny names to some of these white Nile rapids in Uganda – names like Ribcage, the G-spot, etc.

    As for skydiving, the annual Diani skydiving boogie is an experience you should attend if you are an adrenaline junkie. Divers there enjoy upto one minute accelerated free fall (Diani is at sea level), before deploying their parachute. You then land at the beautiful coastal beaches in Diani.

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