Five holiday experiences for adrenaline junkies
April 13, 2021
If lying on a beach doesn’t tempt you to go on holiday and you would rather something a little more adventurous, read on… If you prefer some excitement whilst away and will leave your friends, family or partner to enjoy the spa whilst you try a new activity then take some inspiration from the below:
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is a lavish safari camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It is one of the most incredible places to visit in the world and to enjoy the safari activities available in Southern Africa. The Eagle Island Lodge is normally associated with the upper reaches of luxury and relaxation, combined with wildlife spotting.
As an additional option when staying at the lodge, guests can take part in a day-long ‘horseback and helicopter safari’. This is an activity for experienced horse riders but one which is sure to be the highlight of any holiday. At first light guests are taken on a 10 minute helicopter flight to see the Delta and wildlife from above. After this guests then saddle up and enjoy a guided horseback ride through the shallow tributaries and plains of the area. Guests might quietly pass elephants, buffalo, zebra and wild dog amongst other species. Guests are accompanied by experienced and armed guards, can enjoy light refreshments and if opting for a full day’s activity, will have a buffet lunch and then a return by scenic helicopter flight. This unique experience is available on a full or half day and one not to miss, remember and pre-book)!
Waterskiing and wakeboarding with Sandals in the Caribbean:
There are not many resorts which include motorised watersports, however Sandals do and they are known for providing one of the best all-inclusive experiences in the Caribbean and that doesn’t stop at five star food and service. This can be truly enjoyed at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.
With a Sandals holiday there is also inclusive scuba diving, windsurfing (excluding Barbados), Hobie Cat sailing and waterskiing and wakeboarding at some of their resorts. There’s nothing better for getting the adrenaline pumping than the first time that one manages to stay upright at speed whilst strapped to a wakeboard or being pulled at pace behind a Mastercraft boat on water skis.
Victoria Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ it is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of the natural world.
It also provides plenty of opportunities to set pulses racing. Devil’s Pool is one such wonder, it is a natural pool which sits just a matter of inches away from the precipice of Victoria Falls and the 108 metre drop, accompanied guests can swim out to it and peer over. Open during the dry season, the pool allows adventurous swimmers a view unlike any other. There’s also the fact that crocodiles frequent the Zambezi River to further add to the adrenaline rush!
Meanwhile there is a Victoria Falls Bungee Jump which is available on a solo or tandem basis at a cost of approximately $160-240. The 111 metre drop is from the bridge which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe and this is certainly an option for daredevils. If this isn’t enough there is also white water rafting and more nearby.
Inclusive Scuba Diving at the Anantara Maia Seychelles:
Anantara Maia Seychelles is one of the finest resorts in the Seychelles. Showcasing the stunning scenery of the Indian Ocean and built into the hillside it really is a paradise to be enjoyed in the Anse Louis area of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles.
Anantara Maia Seychelles provides guests with a ‘Beyond All Inclusive’ package with an ‘anytime anywhere’ philosophy for dining, creating a truly bespoke experience. The resort also includes unlimited scuba diving throughout a stay here (introductory dive and exploratory dives with morning and/or afternoon departures including equipment).
Whilst not the most extreme of sports, this complimentary scuba diving is sure to provide plenty of enjoyment and certainly something extra to enjoy whilst away.
Heli-skiing in Zermatt:
For experienced off-piste skiers this is the ultimate bucket list experience and adrenaline rush. Even if there hasn’t been fresh snowfall for a couple of days, it can still be an incredible experience. Heli-skiing is where in-the-know guides can help to find long stretches of pristine powder only accessible by helicopter or ski touring. If there has been fresh snowfall then heli-skiing with an experienced guide makes for an even better day out.
Zermatt has spectacular Matterhorn views, and here there are four key drop-off points around the ski area for heli-skiing. These include the popular Monte Rosa descent which starts at almost 4,200 metres and finishes at 1,850 metres, as well as the Unter Ashihorn descent with its frozen waterfalls.