Time flies and so should you. We all have a bucket list of sorts that is not going to complete itself and before you know it, it just might be too late. There is no better time than the present and there is no better place than Africa for a wild adventure to help you cross off those bucket list items. Here are 9 bucket list items you can complete in Africa.
1. TAKE AN AFRICAN SAFARI
This is perhaps one of the most obvious bucket list items you can complete in Africa. Taking an African safari is a longstanding dream for many and for good reasons. The wildlife experience in Africa is unmatched. Firstly, one gets the chance to see the Big Five all in one place and in their most authentic form. Not behind bars in a zoo somewhere but out in the wild. Secondly, the Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the new seven wonders of the world and is a must-see spectacle. Millions of wildebeest stampede between the Masai Mara and Serengeti as they make this perilous migration yearly. This is also a good time to see real hunting action as big cats such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards come out to hunt the wildebeests. Thirdly, all these wild experiences come hand in hand with exquisite accommodation services as Africa boasts some of the best hotels in the world. Experience tent living and five-star hotels set up in the wild to give you an authentic safari experience. This bucket list item alone is enough to inspire your trip to Africa.
2. SEE THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA
This is a monument that requires no introduction as it commands a spot in the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Pyramid of Giza today stands at a height of 139 meters and was once the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. What is more astonishing is that the monument is comprised of over 2 million stone blocks each weighing in at about 2.5 tons. Truly an architectural feat and a historically rich monument. The Pyramid of Giza is the pride of Egypt and a must-see.
3. RUN A MARATHON
When packing for a trip to Africa running a marathon is probably not the first thing on your mind. It probably is not on your mind at all. However, if this is an item you are looking to cross off Africa might present a unique opportunity to do so and that unique opportunity comes in the form of the world renown Tusk’s Safaricom Marathon that runs through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. This is a marathon set in the wild and doubtless, you will easily spot wildlife as you run the 13-mile circuit. Worth noting is that safety measures are put in place to protect both the runners and the animals. Furthermore, you are not only crossing an item off your bucket list but the proceeds from the marathon go to aid wildlife conservancy related projects. If anything in this life is a must-see then this marathon is a must-run.
4. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
Specifically, learn Swahili. Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa and is the official national language for Kenya and Tanzania. Two of some of the best African destinations for an African safari. Further still, Swahili is the easiest African language to learn for an English speaker. Learning a new language does wonders for your mental abilities by improving memory and multitasking abilities among other benefits. That notwithstanding, one gains a new appreciation for other cultures and one’s own as well. Also, it is pretty cool to simply say you speak another language whatever it may be. A definite icebreaker at dinner parties.
If this item is not on your bucket list then you have probably been doing the whole bucket list thing all wrong. Free falling from 12,000 feet is perhaps the most exhilarating thing you can experience in this life and Diani along the Kenyan coast is arguably the best place to skydive in Africa. Skydive Diani is your go-to company all matters skydiving on the Kenyan coast where a team of skydiving enthusiasts works to give you the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Take a leap of faith, the skies await you!
6. SCUBA DIVING
Right after your skydiving exploits continue diving deep into the ocean. Africa boasts a plethora of scuba diving locations, especially in the Indian Ocean. South Africa is a popular scuba diving destination. It is one of the few locations in the world where you will dive with sharks uncaged. However, if that seems too dangerous for you locations such as Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Seychelles are all ideal locations for scuba diving. Egypt is also a popular scuba diving destination as it borders the Red Sea which offers great visibility underwater and fairly warm temperatures. In Africa, you are always spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure both on land and underwater.
7. SEE A LOST CITY
For a chance to feel like Indiana Jones Africa gives you the Great Enclosures in Zimbabwe. South America may have Machu Picchu, Europe may have Pompeii, and Asia may have Angkor Wat amongst others but Zimbabwe’s Great Enclosures ranks up there with the best of the best. These ruins span almost 728 hectares with some structures towering up to 11 meters and extending as wide as 250 meters. This makes the enclosures the largest structures south of the Sahara. The ruins were built by the ancestors of the Shona people and served as the palace of the monarchy of Zimbabwe.
8. CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
Literally, the most outstanding mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania stands tall at 5895 meters. Mt. Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, i.e., it is not part of a mountain range. Climbing enthusiasts or those just out for an adventure will find the journey to the summit quite exhilarating. The average success rate for climbing this mountain is estimated at around 75%. The climb is challenging enough to break a sweat but quite surmountable at the same time. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is even safe for kids above the age of 10 and so the hike can be a family affair.
9. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Skydiving may be too unnerving for most people so a hot air balloon ride offers a more relaxed way to experience the African skies. The real selling point here is that most air balloon rides are taken as part of a safari package. That means you will probably be enjoying a nice meal and wine sailing the skies while watching wild animals at the same time. Hot air balloon rides are ideal for romantic getaways and are just an amazing experience to have especially in Africa.
If you did not have a bucket list these are the first nine items you should definitely add. For safari enthusiasts, these are some of the bucket list items you can complete in Africa while on your safari. Africa awaits!