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Southern Africa for the Adventurous

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Rent a 4x4 and hit the open road. Surf next to the pros in Cape Town. Glide silently in a mokoro canoe past a herd of elephants in Botswana. Get up before sunrise to climb a towering sand dune in Namibia. Bungee jump off a bridge at the border of two countries at Victoria Falls. If you want to feel your pulse rate quicken in Southern Africa, here is how to do it.
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Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
That's me there hanging on for dear life! This was the most exciting and terrifying experience of my life. The guide recognized a certain adventurous spirit in our group based on the fact that we were all serving in Peace Corps in various...
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310 Park Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Flying Fox is a straightaway line that leads out over the massive Victoria Falls Gorge. After I strapped into the harness, the instructor told me to run and jump off the edge of the cliff. Easy in theory, hard in practice. That last moment as...
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Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Quad biking in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is available from the Uncharted Africa camps - Jack's Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari. I stayed at Camp Kalahari (the most affordable of the three) and really enjoyed it's simplicity and charm. Fly...
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Zimbabwe
Stay at one of the lodges along the shores of Mana Pools National Park to combine your wildlife safari experience (it's one of the best parks to spot wild dogs) with fly fishing and canoeing excursions along the Zambezi River. At Vundu Tented Camp...
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While riding along the Mashatu Wilderness Trail, you might feel a little bit like a meal on wheels. Then again, isn't that the kind of thrill you're seeking when you sign up for a bicycle tour through the bush? From March through November, a Cycle...
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Namibia
Camping in the wild is a unique and thrilling experience. It's not a spontaneous adventure, rather, it's something you must plan and prepare for. First, you'll check-in at the park's headquarters or border office and notify them of your arrival...
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Atlantic Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia
I clung to the bar on the seat in front of me as we bobbed in all directions, like a bouey in open seas, over the sand dunes. Our driver, Hennie, looked back at me and smirked. He skillfully drove up to the top of a tall dune, high above of the...
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Atlantic Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Namibia's shoreline is teeming with wildlife. Pink flamingos graze for tiny shrimps on the beach. Cape Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins swim out in the ocean. Gulls and terns cry out from above. The best way to see these creatures is by kayak...
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Kitesurfing in Cape Town is not for the faint of heart. In the battle to stay upright you're up against strong currents, big gusts of wind, and the icy waters of the southern Atlantic. Did I mention the great white sharks? Anxiety aside, it's a...
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5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
The small town of Gansbaai, about an hour and a half from Cape Town, South Africa, is the Great White Shark capital of the world. Every winter scores of these ocean giants descend on the small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known...
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Chris Hani Rd, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg, 1809, South Africa
At the Soweto Towers, adrenaline junkies can indulge in a wide variety of extreme activities, from bungee jumping and paintball to SCAD free falls, base jumping, rock climbing, and more. For the sane among us, there’s also an elevator to the...
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Tafelberg Rd, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park, which hugs the perimeter of the city, is so popular that the line for the cable car to the top can be longer than a queue for a Disneyland ride. But why stand in line when you can put your feet to...
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Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Observe, don't disturb. That's Southern Right Charter's motto when it comes to operating their whale watching expeditions just off the coast of Hermanus. Each year, Southern Right Whales (June - November) and Humpbacks (May - December) travel...