Awesome Bucket List Ideas for an African Safari

Do you have a bucket list? If not, it is never too late to start making a list of all the places you wish to visit and the things you fancy accomplishing during your lifetime. I have listed some awesome bucket list ideas to help you make your list.

Don’t worry, I have something for everyone! You will find that some of the suggestions are specifically for nature lovers, whereas others will appeal to the adrenaline junkie out there!

On the other hand, if your interest lies in learning more about the diverse African cultures, I have some fabulous recommendations for you.

Finally, I added a few ideas that might seem a bit strange initially but are worthy of your bucket list if you are willing to go off the beaten path!

Awesome bucket list ideas — a view of fish river canyon landscape in namibia, africa.

So, without any further ado, here we go!

Discover the Landscapes and the Wildlife

Africa offers many breathtaking views along with the impressive biodiversity of wildlife.

Several worthwhile destinations to consider for wildlife sightings:

  • The annual wildebeest migration between the Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) and the Maasai Mara Reserve (Kenya) is quite a marvel. Now imagine seeing it from a bird’s eye perspective by going on a Balloon Safari over the Maasai Mara Reserve!
  • The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania is the largest caldera in the world. The crater contains a vast array of wildlife and is an excellent choice for going on game viewing drives to see the big five as well as many other species of wildlife.
  • The Kruger National Park in South Africa is the most visited park on the African continent. The main attraction is wildlife sightings, especially the big five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros). Furthermore, the Sabi Sands within Kruger Park deserves a spot on your bucket list since it offers night drives and, thus, the possibility to see the big five from another perspective!
  • The Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe and the former home of Cecil, the lion. The Park is another fabulous destination for game viewing drives, primarily for the elephants and the African wild dogs!
  • If you are interested in meeting one of our closest relatives, you can opt for trekking the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.
  • The Okavango Delta in Botswana offers a wide variety of magnificent landscapes and is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. Do I need to say more?
  • The Namib Desert in Namibia comprises a well-known attraction, red sand dunes known as the Sossusvlei Dunes. Now, picture yourself being on the dunes when the sun rises. Absolutely priceless!
Awesome bucket list ideas — sossusvlei dunes in the namib desert, national park of namibia.

Adventure Travel & Adrenaline Rushes!

Some of the activities listed below may already be on your list since they are very popular.

Adventures for your bucket list to get your heart pumping:

  • Observe the beautiful landscapes from a different perspective, and sign up for a zip line ride over the spectacular Table Mountain.
  • Surf the waves of Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa, and catch a glimpse of the dolphins!
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African continent, and a challenge best suited for the fittest.
  • Victoria Falls is sitting at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers a few thrills such as bungee jumping off the Victoria Bridge, or if you prefer a more refreshing activity, why not go for a swim in the Devil’s Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls!
  • Go on a rafting excursion or riverboarding on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls.
  • The sand dunes outside the city of Swakopmund in the Namib desert are the perfect place to test your sandboarding skills or find out if you have any. Otherwise, you can venture over to the sand dunes with a quad! Now, who said that the desert is just a dull sandy landscape?
  • Test your limits and go on a trek to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. You need to be fit because it is a challenging walk. Thus, worthy of making your bucket list!
  • With its clear waters, Lake Malawi is the destination of choice for scuba diving and snorkeling. Opt for a kayak ride if you would rather stay above the waters and explore the lake.
Awesome bucket list ideas — a woman sandboarding over sand dunes, dubai.

Cultural Experiences

Africa is more than safaris and picturesque landscapes. The wealth of Africa comes from its vibrant cultural diversity!

Here are a few cultural activities for your bucket list:

  • Besides the breathtaking landscapes such as Table Mountain, Cape Town offers a unique cultural experience with its museums, art galleries, and historical landmarks encompassing the famous Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa.
  • If you are not claustrophobic, you can visit the Cango caves, made of limestone rocks and encompassing a series of chambers and tunnels. The caves are located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. This is the oldest tourist attraction in Africa and is viewed by many as one of Africa’s natural wonders.
  • Visit the Lower Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia and meet more than 50 different tribes. Most of them are still faithful to the traditional way of life. Truly an unforgettable cultural experience!
Children of the omo valley tribe, southern ethiopia, africa.

Be Resourceful and Think Outside the Box!

While making your travel bucket list, you should not only include places and activities that are famous and therefore very crowded with tourists but also be creative and go off the beaten path!

  • The Makgadikgadi Pans are to the southeast of the Okavango Delta region and consist of many salt pans. During the rainy season, the area becomes the breeding grounds of the Flamingos! Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans through a quad ride.
  • Trek the Simien Mountains located in the northern region of Ethiopia, gaze at the panoramic views, and meet the Walia Ibex (a wild goat) and the Gelada baboon!
  • Explore the coral reefs off the Kenyan coast near Lamu Island. Go on a snorkeling excursion and swim along with the sea turtles as well as with the Dolphins. This is a snorkeler’s paradise.
Awesome bucket list ideas — a sea ​​turtle diving underwater.

The next bucket list item is a bit odd, to say the least, but why not! Visit an Ostrich Farm located just outside the town of Oudtshoorn, where you can ride an Ostrich! Well, just don’t take my words for it, watch the video below!

This falls into the category of thinking outside the box and is perfect for your bucket list! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sure!


As you can see, this is only the tip of the iceberg, the possibilities are endless. These suggestions are just a starting point for your African bucket list!

Diversify your travel bucket list and add activities and places that will enable you to learn more about the many facets of the African continent. Don’t forget to include thrilling activities to get your heart pumping! Finally, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and include ideas that fall outside your comfort zone! Be imaginative!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or would like to share more awesome bucket list ideas.

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Sonia Zannoni

My name is Sonia, a traveler enthusiast and the CEO of Wildlife Safari Adventures. My goal with Wildlife Safari Adventures is to provide insightful information to help you better plan your African travels. Are you ready to uncover the many facets of the Dark Continent?

6 thoughts on “Awesome Bucket List Ideas for an African Safari”

  1. Hi Sonia

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I really didn’t know that Africa has a lot of interesting places to go. I was quite surprised by Victoria Falls or amazing coral reef in Kenya. Thanks to your wonderful blog, I think I would love to include some of these countries on my bucket list one day. Keep up the excellent work, and I look forward to revisiting your blog.

    • I’m glad that you found value in my post. Where would you go first? Victoria Falls, or would you opt for an underwater excursion to explore the coral reef off the coast of Lamu Island along with the breathtaking marine wildlife? Personally, I favor visiting the Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn for an Ostrich ride!

      Thanks for your input.

  2. Hi Sonia,

    You have some fantastic ideas here for a bucket list. I don’t actually have a bucket list, but I was thinking about starting one, and that’s how I came across your great post. Swimming with the sea turtles at Lamu Island off the coast of Kenya is something I would never have thought of but sounds magical. Victoria Falls is another place I’d love to visit and photograph.

    Thanks for the ideas you’ve put forth in your post.

    • It is never too late to start a bucket list. I am glad that I was able to inspire you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Hi Sonia

    I stay in South Africa, believe it or not; I have not visited half of these places though I have been abroad on more than two occasions.

    I am planning on taking my wife on a tour of the Kruger Park and Sabi in May…

    Any advice or tips or even recommendation on accommodation

    Thanks, I am bookmarking your site and sharing on Twitter. My friends got to know about these incredible gems you picked up for us.



    • You know, I am from Canada, and I never visited some of the famous landmarks of my country either! I went abroad many times but never toured my own country!

      If you want to go to South Africa and more specifically to the Kruger National Park, I have an excellent recommendation for you! It would help if you read my full review of a vacation package for the Kruger National Park and Sabi sands by clicking here.



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