Travel in Africa is generally pretty jaw-dropping but there are a few experiences that rise above the rest. What’s even better are the new waves of innovative experiences in African travel. From glamping in the Serengeti to quad biking over the Namibian dunes, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Africa.
1. The Magical Salt Pans Experience in the Okavango Delta
Explore all corners of the Kalahari on a magical Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Experience. Split your time between Jack’s Camp and San Camp, taking game drives and interacting with the local habituated meerkats—some travellers even wake up with them cuddling up for warmth!
Explore the white-planed desert by quad bike traversing the endless miles of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and discover the majestic Lost Island of the Baobabs. Spend time with the local Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, learning about their ancient way of life, and sleep out under the stars and explore Kubu Island, a granite protrusion that’s said to be the most beautiful spot in Botswana. This innovative experience is one not to be missed!
2. Private Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park
There’s no encounter quite like seeing a primate family in the wild. And when that’s a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas, the experience is heightened. Of course, most gorilla treks are taken with a group and for some, having such an intimate experience with strangers isn’t ideal.
Now, you can take your adventure to another level at Bisate in Rwanda by making your gorilla trekking private. That means that you will be able to choose a gorilla family to track, choose your own park guide and trek with a group of 1-8 people of your choice. As it’s private, the briefing will be at your accommodation and you won’t have to waste time going to the park headquarters.
3. Flying Safari in Namibia
One of the most remote and arid locations in the world, Namibia is a land of deep contrast. The icy Atlantic Ocean borders on one side, while the blazing hot desert brackets it on the other. In between, are the people and animals who can survive in this harsh climate and this is how to discover them for yourself.
Sure, you could drive. But why, when you can fly? Small aeroplanes make light work of transfers while allowing you a privileged birds-eye view of the incredible countryside. Flit from the Kwessi Dunes to Hoanib Valley via the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Take a scenic flip over the Atlantic coastline, and enjoy a delicious lunch in Swakopmund en route.
Finish off your journey in the jaw-dropping beauty of Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast to end your flying safari on a high with a final flight to Windhoek. Looking for highlights for this innovative experience? You’ll struggle to pinpoint just one.
4. Glamping Safaris in Kenya & Tanzania
A new wave of mobile, tented, ultra-luxury camps is popping up wherever the action is creating innovative experiences for discerning travellers. Book in and let them figure out where the best place is to be. Using tented lodges, mobile mess tents, and a fleet of vehicles to transport them, these mobile camps are truly flexible. They give travellers the chance to experience the action they’re there for all the time, instead of just during game drives.
5. Forage for your food in Cape South Peninsula
Forget grocery shopping, foraging is the new way to get lunch organised. Now, you can learn about the wild food that grows around us on the Cape Peninsula.
Some new players have introduced a series of foraging workshops and lunches where you can learn what you can eat (and what you can’t), then take what you’ve picked and learn how to make a delicious meal with it. Not into cooking? Try creating your very own, botanically infused gins!
There’s never been a better time to visit Africa. Experience these innovative experiences for yourself! Get in touch with one of our consultants today.