Not exactly a sports tip, but you will end the journey really tired if you take a safari in Kenya or Tanzania...
This is one of the main reasons people come to Africa. You have a great range of commodities and prices. Starting in a basic 100 US$ per day up to whatever you can imagine. We ;-((( took a basic one, that means: an old Land Rover, tents, a guide-driver, a cooker, entrances to the Parks and unlimited comments about wildlife. Anyway, if you can't afford a Lodge, you can always go there at dawn for a cold beer watching the sunset, or even have a "Game dinner" in one of them. It is a great african experience too!!
The first days of the safari you will take photos of every living being, even cats and dogs, if they pass by your car. At about the 4th day, you will be fed up of impalas, zebras, birds, wildebeests... and you'll go for the big five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
Kilimanjaro (5892m) is probbly the most famous mountain in Africa. The main reason people come to Moshi is to climb the mount, or at least try it. It can take more than a week to do a reasonable climbing and is no easy walk. The landscape up there is phantastic (I haven't climbed, but I've seen some videos), but it takes time and money. If you are in a hurry, it's still worth coming here for the Kilimanjaro National Park and the fabulous views of the Mount with its white top.
The Ascent of Kilimanjaro can be done from six routes: Mweka Route, Umbwe Route, Shira Route, Rongai Route, Machame Route, Marangu Route. The Marangu route is the easiest and the most popular. Depending on which route one. wants to use, the climb of Kilimanjaro can take between four nights to six nights on the mountain. On the famous Marangu Route, accommodation is in alpine huts while on Machame Route it is camping throughout. While expert guides and porters will accompany you on your climb, unlike Mount Everest, no technical equipment is required.
In Moshi you can find a wide range of agencies offering you guides, porters...
If you like great landscapes and outdoor sport, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is your place!
There are in Vic Falls many sport agencies offering you any possible outdoor and extreme activity, like:
- Whitewater rafting.
- Bunjy jumping
- Horseback riding
- Helicopter ide
There are also a lot of activities from the other side, Zambia, and they use to be cheaper, but most of the people sleep in the zimbabwean side, so they end up taking zimbabwean agencies.
Zanzibar has got many wonderful beaches all around. The best ones are those facing the Indic Ocean, in the north and east of the island.
The beaches of the east are longer and wider, white sand and they use to have a coral barrier close to the sore.
The beaches in the north coast are smaller, but very nice too.
Most of the big hotels and complex are in the east coast. In the north you can find little bungalows with very basic amenities, is a bit "wilder". There are no buses to get to these beaches (as far as I know) so the best is to rent a 4x4 in the Stone Town.
Swimming in Africa isn’t always evident as it is refreshing.
Always check if the water is free of bilharzia(terrible human disease caused by parasitic worms), bilharzia is common in the tropics where ponds, streams and irrigation canals harbor bilharzia-transmitting snails
Africa offers some superb trekking locations: Mountain-, Forests-, High altitude Trekking.
CAMEROON - The Bamenda Hills, Mount Cameroon, Rumsiki area, Lobéké Forest.
KENYA - Mt. Kenya(second highest peak of Africa), Mt. Elgon, Aberdare Range.
UGANDA - Ruwenzori Range(Mountains ofthe moon).
MOROCCO - Jebel Toubkal(4167m highest peak in the Atlas mountain range).
MALAWI - Wilderness areas of the Nyika plateau.
GHANA - The Ankasa forest in the western part, Volta region near the border with Togo.
MADAGASCAR - Rainforest trek across the Masoala peninsula in the eastern part.
Equipment: For extended treks you'd better bring your camping equipment you may need from home.
Rental equipment often is inferior and expensive, while technical equipment is genarally not available.
Depending on your route, you may need to hire a guide and porters!!!
The Senegal is famous for the richness of its halieutiques resources . For the big game fishing the best period is from June to October, fifty one species have been recognized.
Other types of fishing are also possible: line fishing, casting, drag fishing, rapala, ect., that you can do all year round. The Sine-Saloum Delta is the perfect place for this types of fishing.
Equipment: Here you can find some useful informationSINE-SALOUM Fishing Center
A few species you may encounter : swordfish, sailfish, blue marlin, albacore tuna , barracuda, coryphenes, grouper, wahoos, Bluefishes, stingfish, sole, African hind, breams, serioles, badeches, red carp, ombrine, carrangues, moray (eel).
The Red Sea area/Egypt is world famous for its diving possibilities and in Hurghada you'll find all the opportunities to arrange a memorable trip.
Prices in Hurghada are reasonable and vary between 40 and 80 euro /dive.
There are many different diving schools but first check out if the one you choose is PADI licensed.
They have the right equipment and technical support.
Equipment: Emperor Divers-Hurghada Centre
Tel +20 65 3444854
Fax +20 65 3444854
When you're staying in Egypt/the Red Sea area(Hurghada) you should try a snorkel trip.
I don't think it is an unforgettable experience, but it is worth a try.
Most of the coral reefs reserved for the snorklers are destroyed by snorkelers, so don't expect to see the images you'll see on TV.
You'll come across large amounts of colourful fish and you'll see what is left of the once beautiful coral reefs.
A full day snorkelling trip with food and drinks will cost you 30 euros or more.
Equipment: included in the price
This gruelling competition attracts competitors and spectators from around the globe. More than 500 runners battle it out to be the first to race to the summit of Mount Cameroon and back again. It takes place in the last weekend of January or the first weekend of February in Buea(southwest province). The course, covering a marathon length of 26 miles, is steep, exhausting, and unforgiving. The star of this endurance race is a woman called Sarah Etonge, who lives close to Mount Cameroon. She has been dubbed 'the Queen of the Mountain' as in recent years she has won the race four times in a row.
Football (soccer) is a fantastic team sport that needs very little money or equipment. You just need a ball. Goals are often fashioned out of some wood and string and I have yet to see kids playing on grass in Africa. The kids love it and you can help very quickly and cheaply. Buy the kids a football. For $2-3 you will keep a neighbourhood of children off the streets and on the playing field.
You don't have to be a skilled climber to reach the 396 meters high top of "Mount Nienokoue".
You'll only need a good physical condition to walk the rough terrain in front of the mountain.
Mount Nienokoue is located in the Southern part of Tai National Park, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982.
When you're lucky you'll come across a lot of different forest animals.
Such as: Bongos, Chimpanzees, Forest Buffalos, Snakes, Duikers and I even saw footprints of forest elephants.
When you're on top of the mountain you'll see a sea of green.
So take your time and enjoy the magnificent views.
This is one of the largest unspoiled areas of rainforest remaining in West Africa.
Why Are African runners so good? Ever watched the Olympics? Runners from countries you might not otherwise hear of win medals every time. Genetics? Maybe there is a more simple reason. Running doesn’t need equipment. I grew up in America where to play American Football you needed hundreds of dollars per person just to practice. Running requires heart, stamina and skill. It does not require a lot of money. Combine that with some excellent weather and a lot of pride – you get some of the greatest runners in history.
Equipment: Even shoes are optional.
I love to exercise need the work and want the work! When your having so many TUSKERS!
Do the hiking where you can. We hiked up
the BLACK HILL. Took alook around. We can see the BIG-ROCK that GALLA CAMP sits
on 20 miles away! JOHN and JAMES spotting for action! The heat, the sweat gotta love it!!
GALLA CAMP, KENYA 10/2001
Equipment: WATER, GOOD BOOTS!!
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