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5 Unique Activities for Your Next Africa Holiday

by Lara Behrens
13th February 2019 Botswana, Expert Tips, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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1. Climb an 80m Baobab Tree

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge has a different sort of checklist for visitors to complete. Located downstream of Chobe National Park this lodge sits on Impalila island, right next to the special point where the borders of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. This island has a fascinating history, even being used briefly as a campsite for David Livingstone as he made his way downstream to find Victoria Falls.

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge gives guests a chance to complete their Ichingo three and have bragging rights over other visitors. The first involves catching a tiger fish, the fierce game fish that live in the waters nearby. The second involves downing a local drink known for its potency and unique flavour. The last one is perhaps the scariest, a climb up the highest point on the island, an 80m tall baobab tree.Estimated at over 2000 years old this tree has served as a landmark and lookout for locals and visitors alike, even serving as an army lookout post in the late 1960’s. Maybe save the drink for after the heart-racing climb?

2. Walk With Camels

Get away from the crowds and experience nature at its most pure. Africa is known for its walking safaris, a chance to enjoy the landscapes and experience the smaller things often missed on game drives. A walking safari in Northern Kenya provides a mobile camping option so that you have complete freedom to get away from it all. Waking up each morning to the sounds of the local animal life you tuck in to a hearty breakfast before heading out with your guides on an exploratory walk. The general direction is set but the actual path taken depends on what you sight along the way as you explore the landscape and its inhabitants. If you get tired there is a camel to carry you whilst you rest your legs.

Whilst you are out the camp staff pack up and move the entire camp with the camel herd to a new location to rendezvous with you prior to lunch. The afternoon is then spent at leisure enjoying the new camp and relaxing in the African wilderness. Learn more about the Karisia Walking Safari.

3. While Away an Afternoon Dining in a River

If not planned properly going on safari can be taxing; a series of connections and early mornings without the chance to relax and enjoy the surrounds. That’s why its important to include some downtime, and at Sausage Tree camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park they offer a unique way to do that. You’ll be taken out by boat to a sandbank in the Zambezi river (which the lodge sits on) to spend an afternoon feasting and taking in the sights and sounds of Africa. The water here is about shin deep and you can relax with a full table setup underneath a shade canopy with meals and drinks flowing as freely as the river.

You might even spot an animal or two warily keeping their distance from you as you dip your ankles and drink in the beauty of Africa.

4. Drink and Ride

The logistics of a wine tour can be tough. After all, how do you get around? Driving is immediately out because of the nature of wine, riding a bicycle can also be tricky if you sample too many offerings.

Why not combine multiple vineyards and day of gourmet delights with a wine tram? Problem solved! This hop on hop off tour will escort you around some of the finest wineries in the famed region of Franschhoek, South Africa leaving you free to try as much as you like without the hassle of getting around.

More time for cheese, chocolate, coffee and wine? Yes please.

Why not try out our Luxury Signature Safari Special, try out the Wine Tram and save yourself $1,610!

5. Catch a Tiger Fish

Chobe National Park is an incredible park full of animal species and amazing safari sighting. Those same rivers that provide water to this naturally dry area are also home to the famed tiger fish, a fierce game fish known for its fight when trying to land it. So what better place to try than from one of the nearby houseboats that float up and down the Chobe river all year round? In between animal sightings you may be tempted to drop a line in with a gin and tonic nearby and try your luck.

If the concept of fishing sounds too fiddly for you but you like the gin and tonic idea, have the accompanying fishing guide bait the rod for you whilst you enjoy the scenery.Tiger fish can be found throughout this region, from here in Botswana to much further north in the lower Zambezi river stretch.

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