In this blog, I will list some of the my favorite activities from the tour in no particular order. I will also include videos which I uploaded on Instagram stories. It’s easier to show some of these activities through video. I will also discuss the cost associated with each activity and my verdict on the activity.
Gorilla Trekking, Uganda
I was lucky enough to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and I underestimated how tasking this activity will be prior to partaking in it. The permit for Gorilla trekking in Uganda cost $600 while the permit cost $1500 in Rwanda. Therefore, it is more economical to complete this activity in Uganda. Gorillas live freely in some parts of Uganda and Rwanda. The Gorillas are exposed to human interaction for 4 years before they are released to the jungle. This process is important to get the Gorillas used to trekkers who are curious about them and who will also like to see them. This trek is mandatory under Acacia Africa’s Eastern and Southern Africa tour.
The day started at 5am and we were driven to the starting point of the Gorilla trek. The tour leader gives us a quick briefing, then we are divided into groups and told the name of the family of Gorillas we will be tracking in the jungle and how many members are in the family. The family my group was assigned to has some babies which was so exciting to me. We started trekking around 7am and we were told that the trek would take around 3 hours total. I was not prepared for the experience I had that day because the trek took a total of 9 ½ hours and I also sprained my ankle after stepping in Elephant poo.
Video: The silverback Gorilla who is the leader of the family!
The Gorillas kept walking deeper in the jungle as we approached them which is to be expected. When we finally saw the Gorillas, all the pain and stress I endured during the trek disappeared. Was this experience worth it? Yes
Would I do it again? Only if I can be promised that the trek will last 3 hours or less lol! 9 ½ hours was extremely tasking.
Game Drives, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia
During the game drives, I saw several Elephants, Zebras, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Rhinos, beautiful birds, Hyenas, Hippos, Water Buffalos, Giraffes, Impala, Wildebeests, Oryx and the list is potentially endless. The drives were among the highlights of my trip with Acacia Africa. I was lucky enough to visit some of the most popular national parks in Africa including:
- Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
- Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya
- Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
- Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
I will never forget the time when the safari truck got very close to a family of Elephants in Masai Mara. I was in awe because these animals are so beautiful! I also saw a lot of Elephants in Chobe National Park which home to Africa’s largest Elephant population is. It has over 50,000 Elephants. The cost of entry into the National Parks is already calculated with the mandatory adventure pass of the tour.
Booze Cruise, Zanzibar and Uganda
He said drink as much as you want!
I particularly enjoyed the cruises (booze cruise as they are playfully called) because the experience includes unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the cruise (usually 2 hours). I particularly enjoyed the cruise along the Nile River in Uganda because food was also provided. The cruise in Zanzibar had the best water because it was light blue and clear. Each cruise cost between $30 – $40.
Horse Riding, Malawi
Kate from Australia! She is an experienced rider!
This experience was a first for me. I never rode a horse prior to visiting Malawi and I was very nervous. I highly recommend this activity in Malawi because the proceeds from the activity goes to maintaining the horses and building a school for the locals. The name of the stable is Kande Horse Malawi, and they also sell beautiful jumpsuits which are locally made. The proceeds from the sales also go towards building a school for the locals.
Video: This was my first time riding a horse
Some of the horses were rescued and cared for by the owner of the stable. The horses are very well cared for and well behaved. The activity cost $55 for a 1 hour horse ride and $70 for a 2 hour horse ride. The activity ends in Lake Malawi where the horses go into the water for a swim. How cool is that? I got off the horse before it got into the water because I cannot swim LOL! I was worried that I would end up in the water.
Helicopter ride, Victoria Falls, Zambia
If you visit Zambia and did not visit the Victoria Falls, did you really go? LOL
Video: Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls in Zambia
Victoria Falls is the highlight of a trip to Zambia. The fall is divided between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and there is an option to visit Zimbabwe to see the falls on that side for an extra fee. I chose to stay in the Zambia side, but I decided to take a helicopter ride over the falls for a more scenic view. The ride cost ~$250 per person on a 6 passenger helicopter. The experience lasted 30 minutes (expensive but worth it).
I enjoyed the experience, but I felt that for the price there could have been less passengers on the helicopter. In retrospect, I would opt for the micro flight option which is a very small plane and it only allows the passenger and the driver on the flight.
Helicopter ride, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Video: Elephants in the Okavango Delta
This experience was less cramped compared to the helicopter ride in Zambia. The helicopter takes 3 passengers at once, and the doors of the helicopter was open. This means we were able to see the Okavango Delta without restrictions. We saw a lot of animals while on the helicopter, especially Elephants. The experience cost ~$250 per person, and it lasted 45 minutes.
Beautiful view from the helicopter
Wine Tasting, South Africa
South Africa is known to have some of the most delicious wines in the world. A trip to South Africa is not complete without a visit to a vineyard (or several vineyards) for wine tasting. The activity is relatively cheap and 5 different types of wine are served. There is also an option to buy wines from the vineyard after the experience. The wine tasting activity cost $10 each and the wines were paired with cheese and some snacks.
My last activity in the 2 month Eastern and African tour was wine tasting! It was so difficult to say goodbye to my new friends!
Quad Biking, Namibia
A large part of Namibia’s landscape is made up of the Namib desert! As a result of this, several desert related activities are available in Namibia. One of such activities is Quad Biking. This activity cost $45 per person, and it was a 2 hour experience.
Video: The tour leader showing off
Remember to wear pants because the sand from the desert stings when driving the quad bikes at high speeds. The activity consists of 2 leaders. One always stays in front of the group and other stays behind the group. This is to ensure the safety of the group members. The activity was so fun, and I was very happy that I participated. I was digging out sand from my clothes and shoes after the activity, but it was worth it.
Sky Diving, Namibia
Sky diving was my favorite activity among all the activities listed. This is because sky diving was a challenge for me. I am afraid of heights, so I thought I could not complete it. The activity cost $165 for sky diving only but videos and pictures cost extra. My total was a little over $300 because I paid for sky diving videos and pictures. This was an activity of a lifetime, so I thought why not?
Video: Words cannot express how I felt!
The activity starts with a briefing at the sky diving grounds and then we get on the plane with an experienced sky diver. I was latched on to my sky diver and at 30,000 feet, we dropped!
Oh, my talk about adrenaline rush!
After I landed on the ground, I felt untouchable and I felt I could do anything!
The type of rush you get from sky diving is hard to explain. It must be experienced in order to be understood! Will sky dive again? ABSOLUTELY!
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