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Activity Holidays in Africa

Did you know that Sport Relief (www.sportrelief.com) is coming up soon on the 18th March 2016? We are big supporters of this charity for the vitally important work they do in Africa. Have you made a donation yet? Or are you taking part in a sporting event at the weekend?

On the theme of sports and getting fit we thought we would take a look at some sports that you can do whilst on holiday in Africa. Africa is not just about safaris you know – it is actually a fantastic place for a sporting holiday.

In fact many top athletes head off to Africa to do their training. Marathon runners in particular head into the high hills of the Western Great Rift Valley in Kenya to make the most of training at altitude and hope to become as fit as the world beating athletes that grew up there such as Wilson Kipsang . Other athletes head to Africa to make the most of the wonderful climate and the training facilities that can be found across the continent.

For the truly energetic you could base yourself in the gorgeous Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa. These mountains provide a stunning backdrop to all kinds of sporting activities including hiking, rock climbing, mountain-biking, white-water rafting, horse-riding and kayaking. A stay at Cathedral Peak would put you in the heart of the action and the hotel can organise most of these activities for you.

Those of you who fancy something more sedate might think about golf. South Africa is home to some of the best golf courses and championship venues in the world. There are just too many to mention but I have highlighted a few of the best. On the Garden Route you can play golf at Mossel Bay with stunning views over the sea and Fancourt is another well-known golf resort in the area that can be combined with a holiday in this area. If the Cape Winelands appeal more then you can play at Stellenbosch making the most of the excellent dining and wine in this area. Cape Town is also home to many great courses so you could combine a city break in this wonderful and vibrant city with your favourite pastime. Up in Sun City near Johannesburg you have the option of playing on the fabulous Gary player course or the famous Palace of the Lost City course. This would work really well with a safari in the Kruger National Park or Pilanesburg as both are close by.

If water-sports are more your thing then how about scuba diving in Mozambique or swimming in the warm waters of Zanzibar. Deep sea fishing or sport fishing is also widely available in both these places. Windsurfing, sailing and sea-kayaking are available at some of the larger hotels and resorts along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts.  And South Africa is one of the best places in the world for surfing. Try the resorts on the Garden Route.

If gentle exercise is more your cup of tea then how about a walking safari in Zambia? Or a stay in a nature reserve in South Africa such as De Hoop where you can get out walking with a guide every day or swim in the pool or play tennis? These are a fantastic way to see the wonderful wildlife but also to keep you mobile and fit and healthy at the same time.

Posted by Ruth

Inspired by Sport Relief? These sporty adventures are sure to get you out of your armchair.

Sport Relief anticipates that thousands of people across the UK will swim, cycle or run this weekend in order to raise money for worldwide projects including those in the UK and Africa.

Over the last few months we have witnessed incredible sporting feats from a number of high profile celebrity figures from Davina McCall’s extraordinary ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ (pictured),  to Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage’s ‘Battle of the Backsides’.  Every year the  challenges seem to get more extreme, making for great entertainment and ultimately exaggerating that feeling within us, “If they can do that, then I can do something for charity too.”

If this year’s Sport Relief has sown that seed in you then maybe one of the following African sporty adventures might just fit the bill? Maybe you have run or are about to run the London Marathon,  and fancy the Big Five Marathon next year? Or perhaps you have conquered Snowdon and are ready for another peak.

Or perhaps Sport Relief has simply awoken a curiosity in you about Africa and its communities. We are passionate about the community and conservation projects that we directly support via The Real Africa Trust  and are delighted that many of our clients choose to spend a morning or afternoon visiting one of the projects while on safari. It adds a completely different and thoroughly enriching dimension to your trip to Africa – the school visit in the Masai Mara, where we are funding the building of a new classroom, is especially popular with families.
If any of our projects are of interest to you, then do give us a call or check out our Real Africa Trust page on the website.

We hope you feel inspired by the following suggestions for experiencing Africa is a more sporty way!

Run Africa

South Africa has many competitive running events including one of the most highly rated, the Big Five Marathon which takes place in the dry and cool month of June. The 88km course winds through classic Big Five savannah country in the private Entabeni Game Reserve west of Kruger National Park.

Climb Africa

Tackle Africa’s highest peak, and the world’s highest walkable mountain following the scenic extended Machame Route to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. One day climbs also available at Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Bike Africa

Mountain bike amidst the animals in Kenya’s dramatic Hell’s Gate National Park, combining a thrilling ride with a gorge walk. Or get out of the 4×4 and see Lake Manyara’s shimmering scape in Tanzania from the saddle.

Hike Africa

Hike the forested slopes of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park or Uganda’s Impenetrable National Park in search of endangered mountain gorillas.

Paddle Africa

See Botswana’s game from a different perspective by taking to a canoe on the tranquil waters of the Selinda Spillway. Five day guided canoe safaris combine bush camping with exploration of truly remote and beautiful areas.

You can find out more about Real Africa’s challenges at our website.

You can find out more about Sport Relief here.

By Sara White