There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than planning an adventure with your friends, and yes there is more out there to be explored than just sharing some beers around the braai stand and watching sport. Southern Africa offers a lot of exciting options when it comes to some good old fun and adventure from quad biking in Namibia to taking a road trip, why not try some of these exciting excursions for your next adventure:
Road Trip Along the Garden Route – the Garden Route is an extremely beautiful stretch of countryside that winds along the South-Western contour of South Africa for some 200 km. You can look forward to a variety of thrilling outdoor activities like canoeing, river gorge hikes, Great White shark diving, quad biking, forest and wildlife, whales watching or simply relaxing and lazing on one of the many beaches along the coastline, definitely any man’s dream. The route is dotted with some great towns and villages, including some of South Africa’s most notable holiday resorts such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and attracts adventurers and holiday-makers from far afield. For this reason the Garden Route is perfect for packing your bag and hitting the road with friends as the route is an action-packed “must do” for all thrill seekers.
Adventure Quad Biking – there is nothing more manly than being in the bush and going wild just you, Mother Nature and quad bike! Quad bikes are fun, outrageous and leave you feeling awesome as you trail blaze across a variety of Southern African terrains that include the sand dunes in Namibia in the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, this is definitely one of the best ways to access parts of the sand dunes that even 4×4’s can’t reach. For a less strenuous quad biking experience why not try a quad bike game viewing day trip experience at the popular Aquila Game Reserve located in Western Cape, South Africa.
Fishing for Tiger Fish on the Zambezi River – fishing has always been a great way to spend time with your friends or your father or uncle. The Zambezi River offers the experience to try your luck at fishing for the Tigerfish, a well-known fierce and wily creature that demands respect from anyone who happens to cross its path and is widely regarded as being the best freshwater game fish in Africa. For the experience of a lifetime this is a must-do adventure and should be added to your bucket list.
Enjoy a Game Drive in Hwange, National Park – one of the best ways to great way to experience the best of Africa is to get up close to nature and its abundant wildlife in the bush. A game drive offers one of the best ways to let your manly nature free out in the wild. As the more famous National Parks in Botswana and the Kruger National Park in South Africa get more crowded by the year due to constant focus on them, the hidden gem of Africa – Hwange National Park – is slowly gaining acclaim again. As the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, it offers a more intimate and unrivalled wildlife and game viewing experience compared to the other often crowded parks in Southern Africa. You can expect up-close encounters with Elephants, Lions, Wild Dogs and so much more. Stay at one of the best lodges in Hwange, Elephants Eye, Hwange and experience the best of Zimbabwe.
A Tour of the SAB, Newlands Brewery, Cape Town – They say many a great stories and bonds are told and formed over a beer. So considering man’s love affair with beer documented over centuries have you ever wondered how beer is actually made. Well a great way to spend afternoon with friends is to take a tour of one of the world’s biggest beer breweries located in the world’s number one destination for 2014, Cape Town. Located in the suburb of Newlands, also home to the famous Newlands Rugby Stadium is the SAB Newlands Brewery that offers brewery tours allowing you to learn how beer is made. The tours take place weekly from Monday to Saturdays starting in the morning at a cost of ZAR50/person which includes beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.
– Written by Tafadzwa Matsinde (Online Marketing, Jenman Safaris)