Top 10 Multi-Sport Vacations in Africa
Mountain biking or hiking the national parks of Africa gives a whole new meaning to the term safari. Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, cave diving with sharks and trekking with nomads are just some of the unique opportunities for African Multi-Sport adventures.
Safaris in Africa take on a new meaning when you throw in some Multi-Sport and adventure. You can hike Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, hot air balloon over the Serengeti plains or mountain bike amongst the grazing herds themselves.
It’s not quite the Dakar Rally but mountain biking through the deserts and oases into the Atlas Mountains will get your heart pumping. Swap your bike for a 4x4 to get further into the Sahara desert, then ride a camel or trek with nomads. If you’re worried about your endurance, there will be endless tea invitations on route to break up the journey.
- Santa Maria, Cape Verde
For the ultimate experience including the big three of surfing - windsurfing, kitesurfing, and traditional surfing - look no further than the pleasant isles off the northwest coast of Africa. With balmy temperatures year-round you can surf at anytime of year.
- Cape Town, South Africa
A smorgasbord of adventure here includes hiking, mountain biking or abseiling Table Mountain, reveling in the marine world by shark cage diving or whale watching, hiking the vineyard trail in Stellenbosch or surfing the local breaks.
For a wildlife safari with a difference venture out by foot or canoe like the first explorers. Do bush walks and game drives through the national parks, then paddle on the Lower Zambezi past the basking crocodiles and bathing elephants. For wilder waters venture to Victoria Falls and the Zambezi’s Batoka Rapids.
Hike, bike, horse ride or balloon through the intriguing valleys of central Turkey around Cappadocia to view the Cliffside churches and unusual rock formations. Then head south to the Turquoise Coast to swim and kayak the hidden coves and sail on yachts. Stop ashore to visit friendly villages and hike to crumbling ruins.
- Mashatu private game reserve, Botswana
Track animals through the bush on a guided game walk, mountain bike on elephant paths or safari in open-top Land Rovers.
Learn how to scuba dive on a tropical reef, go canoeing on rivers and mangrove swamps or sail on an African dhow boat. Snorkel or scuba dive as you go and keep an eye out for dolphins and dugong.
Travel down the Tsiribihina River in a traditional pirogue, trek into the Tsingy and Kirindy Reserves to see lemurs and indigenous birds or swim and fish on the beaches of Morondava.
- Lake Malawi, Malawi
The waters of the lake are abundant with colorful tropical fish. It’s perfect for some kayaking, swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.