Soft adventure is known as a term used in describing the type of adventure tourism that need little or no experience and is low risk. This is opposed to hard tourism which needs greater levels of skill and incorporates more of significant risk. When anyone thinks of Africa, the thoughts go to the grasslands with rich wildlife, the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro and the activities of great adventure. In case you have a picture of Africa as too exotic or beyond your physical capabilities for a vacation destination, you have to think again. According to the East Africa Travel Guide, below are the 5 adventures in East Africa.
The expansive landscapes, great inspiring wildlife, final isolation and the most thrilling of adventures are just a hand full of things that you find with in East Africa. The place of countless species and the epicentre of the nature’s wildest greatness, Africa is known to be a journey into the history of man and not a journey to the unknown lands.
1. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
it’s a natural treasure located in south-western part of Uganda. It’s an unspoiled, great beauty filled with 29 islands in varied sizes and unique shapes amidst the plush green of the nearby hills. It’s located between the two districts of Kisoro and Kabale and so close to the border of Rwanda. Lake Bunyonyi is Africa’s second deepest fresh water lake. With depths that vary between 144ft to 2952ft, having a swim in this lake is so thrilling experience for the swimmers and boaters alike. Lake Bunyonyi is home to over 200 species of birds and the name Bunyonyi means a place of many little birds. This lake is only 16mile long and 4.3 miles wide. It came to life as an aftermath of a volcanic eruption that occurred 8000 million years ago. Lake Bunyonyi is a great addition to your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda given that it is conveniently located along the route to major safari destinations.
2. The Big game and the Great Migration, Tanzania
One of the most unique experiences that one can be involved in when visiting Africa is the great land of zebras which makes one of the most jaw dropping natural acts that you would ever witness, as the endless Serengeti plains shake under the agreement of these great creatures. This is a circular grazing path populated by over a million wildebeests. You can find expansive safari expeditions with accommodations of great luxury awaits you in the middle of the vast plains, as you see the big five in their habitant including the lions, elephants, leopards, Rhinoceros and cape buffalo.
3. The Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Located in the middle of nowhere, the Bazaruto archipelago is a gather of 15 islands off the coast of Mozambique and makes the perfect setting to unwind while witnessing relatively unseen beauty.
Dozens of bird species like flamingoes and fish eagles, as well as dolphins, crocodiles and elusive dugongs will appear out of the clear waters as you sit at a serene white sand beach with no other noise to disturb you. Get to find a blend of remote serenity, luxury and natural beauty for the travelers, the Bazaruto Archipelago would be on top of the menu. The Azura retreats lodge at Benguerra Island is a midst the Marine national park and has won a few awards for luxury and location, that allows for some of the clearest and most supreme whale and the dugong viewings.
4. Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Watching Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe: In case you find the great migration and lion watching not so satisfying, take yourself to a little plunge pool right at the edge of the world’s largest waterfalls, the Victoria Falls. The Mosi –oa- Tanya, the smoke that thunders on the Zambezi River forms one of the most colossal water spectacles in the world as more than 10000 cubic meters of water pass down 108 meters every second.
When the water of the Zambezi recedes marginally and its possible to walk along the lip of the falls and plunge into one of the many rock pools that are formed through erosion over many years. Get to enjoy the view from the edge of the falls makes for one of the most exciting experiences one could imagine. Apart from the fact that you might not be able to hear yourself think, the experience of plunging along the edge of the world’s highest waterfall will certainly raise your heart rate and stay with you forever.
5. The Tropical Rain Forests of Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park; this is the most exciting safari in Uganda and most tourists who come to Uganda usually put it on their schedule for the Ugandan trip. The gorilla permits and chimpanzee permits are bought from Uganda Wildlife Authority and need to be booked in advance. Bwindi is home to half the world’s mountain gorilla’s population and is divided into four zones for tracking the mountain gorillas. This is the oldest site for tracking the gorillas and is sure to provide you with the most exciting chance ever! Its only 8 people that are allowed to track gorillas per day.
Kibale is a national park in Uganda and is part of the Volcanoes National Park comprised of a chain of nine active and dormant volcanoes. The chain runs along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo and sometimes the gorillas might cross the political boundaries too. Chimpanzees can be tracked after tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Kibale National park is famous for its wide range of primates and is exceptionally well known for chimpanzee trekking.You will be required to take prior permission from the Uganda Wildlife Authority as they permit a limited number of people in the morning and afternoon sessions.