Technology seems to be advancing at the speed of light these days and because of that the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller; at least from a travel perspective. You could literally sit at your desk in Arizona and watch a pride of lions have a drink at a watering hole in the middle of the Kruger Park via a live feed on the web. Your favorite, quirky little curio shop in Stone Town, Zanzibar, (you know, the one you don’t really want to tell people about because it’s your little secret) now has a Facebook page and takes online orders from all over the world. You can go on a virtual tour around Cape Town and even head up Table Mountain thanks to Google Earth.
Where has the sense of adventure and the excitement of discovery gone? It kind of feels like we’re wrapping our own Christmas presents and skipping to the end of a movie before deciding if we want to watch it. As it turns out, a lot of people are missing the authentic experiences that MAKE a holiday. There is a new trend in travel and it’s buzzing loud and clear; experiential travel.
The word itself is pretty self-explanatory; the focus is entirely on the unique experiences you can have on holiday. The fewer of your friends that have done it, the better – this gives you more bragging rights when you get home.
In terms of experiential travel we have you covered….
- Go quad biking on the open Makgadikgadi plains in Botswana
- Swim in Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Victoria Falls
- Go on a canoe safari along the Zambezi River
- Sleep under the stars on an elevated wooden platform in the Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya
- Spend a weekend in the funky multi-cultural Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg
- Enjoy a luxury picnic at the top of Nardousberg (3rd highest mountain in the Eastern Cape) in Mount Camdeboo Reserve