Friday, February 12, 2010

#GoWildOnline campaign: Five Extraordinary Adventures Every Friday

The Acacia Wild Bunch are back with five more extraordinary adventures. Part of our #GoWildOnline campaign, this week’s list includes world record breaking heights in South Africa, an opportunity to swim with one of the Big Five in Zimbabwe and some cultural delights in Kenya's cultural capital, Nairobi…

Come on in, the water’s lovely!: Here’s a new thrill when it comes to nature’s four wheel drive experience. Now you can swim with the elephants in the Antelope Park’s lake – a reserve in Zimbabwe that is currently notching up quite a few firsts when it comes to the animal kingdom. OK, if you’re not game for this one, you can always take a more traditional elephant back safari, but the thought of a refreshing dip before you grab that sundowner sounds good to us.

World record breaking feats: So you’ve done the bungee in Livingstone...what’s next? The Bloukrans Bungee in South Africa is up there with the best as a proud Guinness World Record Holder, its dizzy heights reaching 216 metres. The adrenaline fueled excursion comes complete with countdown and of course full body harness before victims leap into the abyss. And, there is some peace of mind, as in Tsitsikamma they use the ultimate in bungee pendulum technology, ensuring a smoother ride!

Leave the 4X4 behind in Zambia: Experts say that South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and this is in fact the very location where the famous walking safari originated. So forget the 4X4 - this is the ultimate way to game view. Love elephants? You’ll be spoilt for choice as herds can number up to around 70!

The kicking capital of Nairobi: A close encounter with the animal kingdom is more likely to be top of your list when you visit Africa's wildlife capital, however, now you grab some culture post safari with new Slam Poetry sessions being held in Nairobi. If you're not familiar with this aural genre, it's a head to head battle of the poets - rather like Pop Idol, but perhaps slightly more cerebral. An event that is certainly mixed in terms of its performances, you can usually bet on some heavy hip-hop influences, which draw on dub poetry, a little non-rhyming narrative, ironic monotone deliveries; and if you're really lucky, beat boxers, and tap dancers who choreograph their written word. Yet another reason to extend your adventure and add on city stay in Nairobi.

For future events you can contact Spark Africa Management at or telephone +254 721 219 564 or visit WAPI and the British Council on Facebook: WAPI (WORDS AND PICTURES). Event dates subject to change.

Glide over the Serengeti: There’s certainly more than one way to game drive and for a few extra dollars you can opt for a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti – the ideal way to appreciate the vastness of this “A” list national park. According to one recent adventurer, it’s certainly worth the extra dosh if only for the champagne breakfast that’s served up at the end of the trip. A little bit of luxury on a value packed overland jaunt!

Where will your next African adventure take you? Still undecided? Check out our 2010 online brochure...

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