Bucket Bunny List Of The Top 25 Africa Travel Adventures
I made a ridiculously over-ambitious Bucket List as part of an insane (but fabulous) mission to experience the Top 100 Travel Adventures in the world. My wanderlust then got completely out of control as I began creating more Bucket Lists for every continent on the planet. What can I say, I’ve always been a prolific list writer. Below, you will find my carefully curated Bucket List for the Top 25 Africa Travel Adventures.
Will I ever attempt to rein in my insatiable wanderlust? (In order to prevent more Bucket Lists appearing on this website). Let me answer that with another question, like an annoying person. Would stampeding wildebeests during the Great Migration of the African Serengeti allow themselves to be reined in? Nope! No they would not.
Each Africa Travel Adventure below is, in my opinion, an experience of a lifetime. As I mentioned already, I don’t have 3 lifetimes, only 1, so completing the Africa Bucket List will be a collaborative effort. If we – Jetset Bunnies around the globe – can tick off a handful of these travel adventures a year… life couldn’t get more awesome.
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Top 25 Africa Travel Adventures
Africa travel adventures in no particular order;
Purple = Completed | Orange = Scheduled
1) See Simon’s Town Penguins on Boulders Beach – In Simon’s Town, South Africa, just south of Cape Town, more than 3,000 endangered African Penguins are living on Boulders Beach. Take a tour to see them up close as they waddle about and get on with the business of being a penguin.
2) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Hear the deafening roar of Victoria Falls, or the “Smoke that thunders” in the local Tonga language. Victoria Falls is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world.
3) Visit Aït Benhaddou – Travel back in time in this fortified village, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in Morocco, north Africa. Fall in love with this tiny dot of a town where many movies have been filmed, including HBO’s Game of Thrones.
4) Great White Shark Cage Diving – Get up close to one of the ocean’s top predators and punch it in the face – only joking, I value having both arms (and respect sharks).
5) Meet The Suri Tribe – The Suri are one of three tribes in Ethiopia – including the Mursi tribe and the Me’en groups. Warriors from the Suri tribe still stage the savage “Donga” even though it was banned by the Government in 1993. So why not hang out with butt-naked stick-fighting warriors? Observe them downing pints of cow’s blood for strength before battling for the right to pick a girl (one of the hotties I expect) from their remote tribe.
6) White Water Rafting the Zambezi River – The Zambezi River is below the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi white water rafting trip is said to be the wildest whitewater run in the World. Recognized by rafting enthusiasts as one of the top ten paddling rivers on the planet.
7) Get lost in Jamaâ El Fna – The square in Marrakesh thats famous for it’s snake charmers, storytellers, dancers, souks, magic and Moroccan mayhem. The ultimate shopping adventure. I want all those rugs… right now!
8) Stay at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi – Built in the 1930’s Giraffe Manor is in 140 acres of indigenous forest and plays host to a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes. I can’t think of a more thrilling breakfast experience than sharing my fruit plate and pastries with a few curious Giraffes.
9) Drive Dades Gorge, Morocco – Road of a thousand Kasbahs is one of the most scenic, and dangerous, drives in Africa. Wind through stunning desert landscapes, to the Dades Valley between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas mountain range in Morocco.
10) Kruger National Park – In northeastern South Africa, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Visit this world-renowned National Park to see an abundance of wild animals including the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo.
11) Gorilla Trekking Rwanda – We share 98 percent of our DNA with mountain gorillas and I’ve been told a few times that I’m a bit bananas. I want to meet my relatives even if it requires trekking through dense tropical forests to do so.
12) Samburu National Reserve – The most popular reserve in northern Kenya on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
13) Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – At 19,341 feet, Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Climbing this dormant volcano and summiting the Roof of Africa is going to be no easy task which is why it’s on the Bucket List.
14) Swim In Devil’s Pool – Africa’s famous Victoria Falls is twice the height of Niagara Falls and so swimming on the edge of this ultimate infinity pool and one of the world’s largest waterfalls should be an amazing experience (and rather refreshing).
15) Rhino Tracking, Namibia – As part of a conservation project, go tracking with the Save the Rhino Trust in the Kunene Region of Namibia.
16) Walking Safari Zimbabwe – See lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Africa.
17) Masai Mara Great Migration – Watch the Great Migration on the plains of Masai Mara in East Africa. Not a day to forget your camera.
18) River Nile Cruise – Take a cruise on a Felucca (a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat thats been around for centuries) along River Nile in Egypt. Watch out for crocs!
19) Meet the Rendille Tribe, Kenya – Visually vibrant Kargi is a remote settlement in eastern Kenya and home to the semi-nomadic Rendille tribe. The women are covered in ornamental beads and colorful “shuka’s” (traditional robes), and their gatherings are a sea of color.
20) Chimpanzee trekking in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains – Another once in a lifetime travel adventure in Africa. Listen to the chimp calls echoing through the tree tops in a forest that runs from the peak of the Mahale Mountains to the shores of Lake Tanganyika in west Tanzania. Hidden beneath a high canopy is a thriving population of wild chimpanzees to observe and admire.
21) Serengeti Safari, Tanzania – Africa’s famous Serengeti National Park is renowned for its incredible concentration of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest. A Serengeti Safari is undoubtedly one of the ultimate Africa travel adventures.
22) Climb Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in the Congo – An unforgettable Africa travel adventure! Only the truly brave (and slightly crazy) are willing to trek Congo’s volatile Mount Nyiragongo, one of the World’s most dangerous volcanoes. Fresh air, thick morning mists and a bubbling volcano await.
23) Erta Ale, Ethiopia – Erta Ale is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and looms above a deadly desert. A continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia is not the most obvious tourist destination but it’s a top bucket list must-do for many adventure travelers.
24) Trekking Expedition Madagascar – With it’s cosmopolitan cities, passionate culture and staggering natural beauty, Madagascar is an African destination that’s difficult to beat! Explore landscapes, nature and wildlife on a Madagascar Trekking Expedition.
25) Sahara Desert Camel Safari, Morocco – See the Sahara Desert while balancing between two humps!