African bucket list trips

Do you dream of the unique, the unusual, a true adventure or a big bucket list expereince. We enjoy creating tailor-made itineraries that satisfy and celebrate the wild side of life.

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Wilderness Yoga classes

What better place is there for people to recognise their place within the universe and to reconnect with nature than the African wilderness? The combination of an exciting safari adventure with the wellness gained through yoga and meditation offers an incredible holistic experience that is not only good for the soul but also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others. A number of properties offer yoga including Ngala Lodge and Leadwood Lodge.

Time with the Botswana Bushmen

This is a dignified and culturally sensitive experience. Walk with Botswana Bushmen trackers and watch the children learn hunting skills. This is an opportunity to observe the age old ritual of the Initiation Hunt and also accompany the women as they gather herbs and medicinal plants.

Canoe safari in Botswana

You will feel like one of the early pioneers with days spent exploring the water channels by canoe and the nights were spent camping on the banks of the river. You can also have the opportunity to stop when you want to explore foot. You can expect all manner of game viewing from your canoe. Botswana is also particularly well known for its birdlife, along with elephant, buffalo, sable, roan and wild dog. Select properties in Botswana offer canoe excursions, including Splash Camp, The Jackal and Hide and Qorokwe Camp.

Horse riding safari experiences

Riding through safari lands led by expert guides is a truely wonderful and unique way of experiencing Africa. A large variety of properties offer horse riding safari experiences, including Loisaba Tented Camp, Campi Ya Kanzi in Kenya and Kulala Desert Lodge.

Quad biking across the Makgadikadi Pans

Travel across Botswana's Makgadikgadi salt pans on 4 wheel drive quad bikes to Kubu Island, a granite extrusion covered with baobabs, forming an island in the south-west corner of Sua Pan. Spend 2 nights sleeping under the stars and 2 days exploring the pans. See the full adventure itinerary here.

Quirambas Archipelago dhow safari experiences

For those wanting a bit more out of their beach holiday travel by dhow between islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago off Mozambique's north coast. Journey between the islands by dhow, stop to snorkel on remote reefs, explore the uninhabited islands for birdlife and giant coconut crabs. A property in the Quirambas Archipelago which offers dhow safaris is Ibo Island Lodge.

Vet safari experiences

Vet Safari experiences offer you the chance to get involved in conservation efforts alongside African vets. These safari experiences provide the irresistible opportunity to gain hands on experience and up close encounters with some of Africa's most famous wildlife.

Explore Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve on a mountain bike

Situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana, bordering South Africa, Mashatu Game Reserve is a privately owned conserved wilderness area comprising 29,000 hectares (72000 acres). Here the great Limpopo and Shashhe Rivers converge and the diverse landscape includes grassland, wide open plains, rocky hills, riverine forests, marshland and majestic sandstone ridges. Mashatu Lodge offers mountain bike exploration of Mashatu Game Reserve.

Each group will have their distance, pace and routes tailored but the aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40kms. Generally the pace is easy going with regular game sightings and scenic picnic stops.

Authentic cultural African experiences

Africa can provide one of the most authentic and meaningful cultural interactions. There are a number of projects and initiatives that enable visitors to become more involved in communities. It is best to chat with our specialists, who will be able to arrange ethical African cultural experiences.

There are also unique 'homestay' opportunities which allow you to stay with a family in a rural or urban setting. A local guide and driver will escort you to your accommodation for the evening, a family who is offering their home to you. Not only will you have the opportunity to interact with these local people on a personal level but the entire experience is sensitively managed so that both parties gain from the experience.

Namaqualand and Cedarberg Flower Tours

The spring flowers of South Africa's Cape West Coast, Cedarberg and Namaqualand have a worldwide reputation. After the winter rains of May to July/August, the normally dry landscape becomes a carpet of wild flowers with vibrant bands of gousblomme and vygies, as well as nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias. Some of these species do not exist anywhere else in the world. The area is best visited in early August to late September. You can self-drive, join an escorted specialist flower tour or take a day trip from Cape Town.

Seychelles Ocean Safaris

Discover a remote, pristine Indian Ocean paradise in the Seychelles where you can immerse yourself in nature - both on land and sea. Led by a team of expert rangers, marine biologists, divers and fishing guides, the magnificent outer islands and atolls of Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo blend sustainable tourism with exceptional experiences that you'll find hard to encounter anywhere else on earth.

This is a bespoke luxury holiday experience with Blue Safaris Seychelles, immersed in a unique environment where you can assist the Island Conservation team with their ecology work as well as choose from a huge choice of thrilling activities led by expert guides. Walk among free-roaming giant tortoises, witness numerous bird species, swim with hawksbill and green turtles, enjoy some of the best diving and fishing on the planet with over 1000 different species of fish, discover vibrant coral reefs and even snorkel with giant sailfish or manta rays. This is a Seychelles holiday with a huge difference.

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