For the energetic traveler, Africa is ready to test your endurance and provide endless hours of good old-fashioned pleasure in the form of endorphins. A continent often associated both with strength and challenges, there are bountiful opportunities to build the former and take on the latter.
If you are not tracing the footsteps of legendary Zulu warriors in Isandlwana or diving the world-famous Aliwal Shoal, you may be playing golf, fishing, visiting the Sharksboard, or following the very alternative arts and crafts trail.
Alternatively, grab your surfboards (or better yet, rent one) and take full advantage of the warm water and world famous waves. If you are not a surfer yet, spend a few hours with a local instructor and you will be up and riding in no time.
Active KwaZulu-Natal Highlights
- Explore the many hiking trails that weave through the Drakensburg Mountains. This mountain range offers something for everybody, from gentle ambles to multi-day challenges through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region. Conditions in the Drakensburg can turn very quickly.
- Enjoy some of the best surfing conditions in the country, with regular swells and favourable wind directions year-round. For the advanced surfer, the competitive and slightly crowded New Pier and North Beach are definitely worth a visit, but there are good breaks for all skills and in more secluded locations.
- The stocked dams and streams in the Drakensberg are excellent for fly fishing. Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve has a large dam with a self-sustaining population of rainbow and brown trout. A great place for a lazy day of fishing.
Bungee jumping, abseiling and microlighting may seem out of place amidst this tranquil giant natural garden that flourishes in the rich soils of South Africa`s south eastern coast.Yet these are just a few of the activities on offer along this very accessible strip. The Garden Route is without doubt, a prime destination for active and fun-loving travelers as well as those who seek only relaxation. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it along the Garden Route.
Active Garden Route Highlights
- Hike the Otter Trail through the breathtaking scenery of the Garden Route. The trail follows the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline, from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
- Abseil in the Tsitsikamma forest, a region renowned for its sheer rock faces and gorges. Climb down a 115 ft rock face on a rope ladder then abseil into the gorge below.
- With its mild climate and spectacular geography, the Garden Route is a golfer`s paradise. With world-class course and facilities the golf course at Pezula is a must for any golfing fanatic. Even if your swing is not up to scratch, the sweeping coastal cliffs of this course are a wonderful consolation.
The Greater Kruger National Park offers guests the opportunity to experience game drives and also walking safaris gaining access to areas inaccessible by vehicle. Walking safaris can be tailored by ROAR AFRICA for the seekers of a relaxed one-day walk or for the more adventurous perhaps a four-day walk. And for the adrenaline enthusiast, the possibility to plunge into the Graskop gorge on the Graskop big swing: a free-fall of 19 stories awaits guests on one of the worlds highest cable gorge swings.
Feel the tingle of your own senses and hear the beating of your heart as you venture into the bush and have an opportunity to face some of the mysteries of nature. Your highly qualified rangers will share their wealth of bush knowledge with you, showing and explaining the smaller but very important aspects of the ecosystem. There is a world of difference between experiencing a safari on foot, to viewing it from atop an open vehicle. Notice the finer details about the grasses, trees and how to track animal from studying their foot prints.
Active Greater Kruger National Park Highlights
- Track down your most sought-after animals
- Enjoy the decadence of a deliciously cooked breakfast in a river bed surrounded by the bush
- Listen to folklore stories that have been passed down through generations
- Watch the African sunset as you stretch your legs and sip on your favorite cocktail on your evening game drive
With its beaches, mountains, winelands and city life, Cape Town appeals to all travelers. ROAR AFRICA tailors the journey to the mother city and surrounds to treat adventurous outdoor guests who are also lovers of sophistication and seekers of a cosmopolitan city.The name "Noordhoek" is best known for its picturesque shoreline and its long, wide, sandy beach. Feel the powdery white sand beneath the horse`s hooves and cold spray off the turquoise Atlantic ocean as you ride undisturbed. This valley remains one of the Cape Town`s treasured destinations.
Active Cape Town Highlights
- Horseback riding on the Noordhoek beach
- Specialist Botanical gardens visits at Kirstenbosch
- Meeting local artists like Paul Du Toit
- Private dinners at the Chefs table
- Dinner at the home of a celebrated South African
- Hiking Table Mountain by day or Lions Head at full moon
- Private winelands tours that include dining with the vintner
- Dinner at the Presidents residence
- A private tour of Robben Island
- Exploring Johan Ruperts vintage car collection
- A night on the town
The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is located in the belly of the Zambezi River and is called "Mosi-oa-Tunya" which means, "Smoke that thunders" in the indigenous language of the area. The Victoria Falls has the largest sheet of falling water in the world and has a spray of over 1,300 ft. reaching twice as high during rainy season. At full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
If you are looking for a taste of life on the edge, this just has to be the place. Located in the middle of the Zambezi River, this naturally formed pool is created by a barrier of rock at the edge of the falls and is the only thing separating you from the world`s largest waterfall. Peer over the edge, if you are brave enough, and watch the water fall 360 feet.
Active Victoria Falls Highlights
- White water rafting with highly skilled operators
- Fishing and in particular the challenge of catching a powerful Tigerfish
Whether you want to explore this beautiful region on foot by hiking up Simonsberg Mountain, or through the vineyards on horseback or a mountain bike, there is no doubt the beauty of this region will leave you spellbound. Opt for a more laid back option by visiting the Franschhoek Vintage car collection of Johan Ruperts which offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history.
Active Cape Winelands Highlights
- Ride through the vineyards and taste the delicious wines along your route
- If horses are not your favorite, hop onto a mountain bike and explore the area around you
- Enjoy a private behind the scenes tour with ROAR AFRICA`s specialist wine guide, a grower and producer in the region.
The spectacular inland Okavango Delta in Botswana offers guests a vast range of safari options with more than 100 species of mammals and more than 440 species of birds to distinguish. Mokoro Safaris are an excellent way to experience the wilderness. With polers providing propulsion these canoes silently glide through the waters allowing you to absorb the tranquility around you and get up close to the animals or the amazing bird life in the trees.
Active Okavango Delta Highlights
- Helicopter safari
- Land safari for both the Big Five and the Little Five
- Mokoro safari by canoe
The salt and clay pans of the red Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namibia are part of an endorheic drainage basin and ROAR AFRICA has an array of escapades for guests. Wake up early and climb the famous Dune 45 in the dark and then watch the sunrise over the world`s oldest desert. Nature and animal lovers will never forget their walk through the Deadvlei, sand boarding down the dunes or quad biking across the desert.
Active Namib-Naukluft Highlights
- Sunrise treks of the well known Dune 45 followed by champagne breakfast
- Hot air balloon rides across the desert
- Canyon caving to visit ancient rock formations
- Helicopter tours across the abandoned diamond mines and shipwrecks
- Eco-quad biking
- Investigating the mysterious â€œfairy circlesâ€ or circular barren patches of land that appear and vanish across the grasslands
This remote undiscovered paradise is about as far away from it all as one can get. Serene, remote, raw and untouched are all one can think of to describe this un-touristed gem. This area is particularly popular for snorkeling and scuba diving; these tropical islands contain some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide a habitat for an abundant array of marine life. This is an uncharted paradise for those keen to explore new worlds and discover true natural treasures.
Active Pemba & the Quirimbas Archipelago Highlights
- Try your hand fishing at one the many great fishing spots in the region. Marlin, Giant Trevally, Kingfish and Barracuda are all found less than a mile off-shore.
- During the Yellowfin Tuna season the best fishing is almost always within a couple of miles of the Pemba coastline: a must for any avid fisherman.
- Don your scuba gear and explore the underwater delights that await. The best months for scuba are from April to September, but conditions are still great the rest of the year.
- The waters around Mafia are particularly rich in nutrition due to the fertile river-mouth nearby, supporting over 50 generations of coral and more than 400 species of marine life.
- Water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kitsurfing and kayaking are on offer at most islands.