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There is something mystical about Africa. Its grand scale, epic landscapes, and magnificent animals are the usual catalysts for this feeling. But there is something more, something intangible which can spark this intoxicating feeling. As Karen Blixen wrote, “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
Africa is the continent which makes you feel most alive. And these are its most exhilarating experiences…
Image credit: Makanyane Sanctuary
Sleeping under the stars on a deck above prowling predators is one Africa’s greatest thrills.
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Pinotage is a red wine grape that is South Africa’s signature variety. Visit Stellenbosch, the spiritual home of wine in South Africa, to taste the best.
Image credit: Rovos Rail
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era while you sip on fine wines, dine on excellent cuisine and travel through the African wilderness. Popular stops are Namibia, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
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Gansbaai, near Cape Town, is considered the best place in the world to dive with great white sharks. In a cage, that is.
Image credit: Puku Ridge
The South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of walking safaris and you’ll find the widest choice of reliably excellent walking safaris here.
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The Zambezi is acclaimed to be the ‘wildest one-day whitewater run in the world’ and is recognised by rafting enthusiasts as one of the top ten paddling rivers on the planet. The only difference is there are crocodiles in this river.
Image Credit: Jozibanini Camp
There is nothing like that sense of anticipation at a hide. Sitting quietly, you wait patiently and scan the bush and then you see it, a lumbering elephant sidles into view and it’s all worth it.
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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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There seems to be a mistake in the photo attributed to the Cederberg Mountains. The photo is really from Twyfelfontein in Namibia.
Hi Wolfgang, well spotted! Thanks for letting us know. We’ve now changed it to the correct image 🙂
Might I suggest Horse back riding with the big 5? Limpopo Horse Safaris in Botswana (www.limpopohorsesafaris.com) is an experience of a lifetime!
What a about going inside the Great pyramid’s of Egypt? and following tje greatest “Shoal on Earth” of the East Coast of South Africa”?
Sadly only done 10 out of your 35
…where’s that bucket and the list?
Rob, 10 is a lot! Oooh you must be talking about the sardine run. I’d love to see that sometime. So much to do!
Hi. Great article. I have added Madagascar to my bucket list. Have you done all of these??
Hi Nicola! I myself haven’t done all of these but our team of travel experts collectively have and they helped craft this list. Which one do you want to do?
Africa is an amazing world, have been to maasai Mara since I was born here, raised here and I have experienced every step of life in the seventh wonder of the world. This resource is very important and should be taken good care for future generations
Hi Allan, we completely agree. We’re certainly trying to do our part in conservation. Thanks for the comment.
Never been to kenya or just don’t like the place? Bit Southern Africa biased. There’s more to the rest of Africa than famine and poverty and war
Amazing list however the problem is that the beauty of our world is endless and I think its therefore impossible to make a bucket list.
I was also wondering if there wax any reason not to include the bigger part of Africa? Ethiopia, S Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, DRC, Mali etc?
Hi Matthew, after I read your article I have only question. What is your best recommendation for someone who has never visited Africa?
I plan to visit Africa at the end of this year, I’ll really apreciate your knowlege.
Hi Uveli, good to hear from you 🙂 If it’s your first time coming to Africa it all depends on what experience you want to have. Would you like remote camping or a pampered beach holiday or do you want to see the best wildlife? And what kind of wildlife? The best thing is to send a message on our contact page at the top right of this blog and describe the experience you’re interested in having and we can point you in the right direction. We’d love to help you and put you on a path to Africa!
Great and exciting article though it’s seems to have dwelt mostly on Southern Africa. There’s also lost of stuff in the the East , West, and the Sahara in the North that’s equally thrilling.
Beautiful but when you have time check this places out
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique, Nyiragongo Volcano in Eastern congo its in virunga national park, best place to view “the southern cross is in Luangwa Zambia, Draa Valley in morocco, how comes The pyramids of Egypt didn’t feature ….Kerio Valley In kenya, Amboseli Kenya, Lake alice and Lake Michelson up Mt.kenya
Hi Matthew! Nice list! Although, how come West africa is under represented in the list? 🙂
I have been Camel riding in Kenya. That’s not on the list.
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