Below is a list of the most popular activities found at destinations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Enjoy the splendor of the bush from two wheels! Cycling outings are tailored to meet the fitness levels of the guests. This activity is offered at select lodges.
Lodges located near water often offer boat cruises. The type of boat varies by the location of the lodge. Boating adventures allow for superb bird watching and provide great views and photographic opportunities of hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and other animals that come to the water to drink.
Savor a meal while you listen to the sounds of the bush or watch a herd of wildebeest move across a clearing. Many lodges will offer both bush breakfasts and dinners depending on location.
Your professional guide will take you on a walk to look at the smaller things you may not notice in a safari vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to a unique, up-close perspective of Africa’s wilderness. A bush walk provides a great opportunity to inspect animal tracks, bird watch, touch and smell flowers and plants, and listen to the sounds of the bush.
Canoeing is a unique way to explore the African bush. It is offered at water based camps and lodges, especially along the Zambezi River. A canoe ride is focused on traversing large open channels and river systems, passing by some of Africa’s larger animals that drink at the river’s edge.
CONSERVATION + COMMUNITY
Learn about the good work that lodges are doing to conserve, uplift, and protect their local communities and environment. Some lodges have ongoing onsite projects and invite you to participate.
Many lodges host traditional evenings with a chance to experience local cuisine and celebrations. Learn about local cultures, traditions, dances, and celebrations from the lodge’s staff.
Africa is home to many unique fishing spots that offer opportunities to deep-sea fish and saltwater fly fish. Africa’s famous rivers are home to Africa’s Tiger Fish. This feisty fish attracts anglers from around the world. Some lodges require that you bring your own gear, while others keep their own selection of tackle and gear for you to use. All fishing is catch and release.
A popular activity in East Africa, fly camping is for adventurous travelers who yearn for a complete wilderness experience! Feel at one with nature as you sleep under the starry skies in a guarded tent. A mesh tent is carefully prepared with a comfortable mattress and fine linens. Spend a night in your own private space in nature and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
You will depart camp and set out in search of Africa’s unique wild animals. In a 4x4 vehicle, specially designed for wildlife viewing, you will explore new sights and view of wildlife as they go about their daily life. Your guide will introduce you to animal dynamics special to their ecosystem, and will highlight animal behaviors, survival strategies, and adaptations.
Enjoy a game of golf on a world-renowned golf course. Africa is home to a remarkable number of courses designed by some of golf’s greatest players.
Gain a unique perspective of animals, migration paths, and landmarks from a helicopter. At certain locations, you can embark on a scenic helicopter flight as you transfer from one lodge to the next. This activity is available at select lodges.
Led by a guide, you will traverse Africa’s wilderness on horseback and take in the beautiful sights and sounds. Horseback riding through provides a unique perspective of the bush. This activity is offered in certain locations and may be limited to persons with riding experience.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Soar above Africa in a hot air balloon! View animals as you glide effortlessly over the treetops and plains. Balloon rides are available at select lodges.
A mokoro is a dugout canoe used by local communities in Botswana to navigate through the Okavango Delta. A mokoro ride is unique to water based destinations and lodges, and it offers a peaceful way to move through the bush and gain a new perspective of this aquatic environment.
Many of the major cities in Africa have great museums that delve into the history and culture of the land. Favorites include the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island in Cape Town.
Using a spotlight, your guide/tracker will search for nocturnal animals that become active when the sun is down. Your guide will search for the night’s elusive species such as aardvarks, civets, genets, big cats, and owls.
Private meals are a great way to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or a gathering with loved ones. Whether you want to privately dine throughout the entirety of you trip or just for a special occasion, the choice is yours!
Spend a night under a sea of stars sleeping in a private, luxurious hideaway raised above the African bush. From the comfort of a luxurious mosquito net and a bed dressed with fine linens, you can explore the Milky Way and count shooting stars as you fall asleep immersed in nature.
SNORKELING + DIVING
The east coast of Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa offer world class snorkeling and diving in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Some camps offer PADI courses and certification for first time divers at an additional cost.
Pamper yourself while on safari. Professional massage and wellness therapists have their own unique offering of treatments which can typically be booked upon arrival.
Sit back and gaze into the starlit sky. As you become enveloped by the night sky, learn about the southern hemisphere’s constellations from your knowledgeable guide. The longer you stare, the more stars you see!
Your guide will take you to a scenic viewpoint where you can enjoy a drink and celebrate the day’s events as the sun slowly slips below the vast African horizon.
The Winelands of South Africa are home to special wineries that offer tastings and amazing views of the area’s distinct valleys and mountains. Many lodges throughout sub-Saharan Africa also boast incredible cellars filled with South African wines that they pair with meals and offer at wine tastings.
Practice yoga to the sights and sounds of the Africa bush. You will feel rejuvenated and refreshed physically and mentally as you enjoy an unforgettable practice in a natural, peaceful space.