Some people like nothing more than booking a trip to a holiday resort, grabbing a good book and roasting by the hotel pool until they’re a healthy reddish-purple all over – but not you. You want action and adventure – you want to see your life flash before your eyes, hear that ringing in your ears and feel your blood pulsing. If you want to tense up your abs, strap on your hiking boots and get that adrenaline pumping – well, we’ve got the guide for you. Read on to discover the ultimate holidays for fitness freaks and adrenaline junkies – your legs will be twitching in anticipation!
Cycle the South African cape
South Africans have a reputation for being fit as frogs, brave as honey badgers and tough as rhinoceros leather – do you think you can handle the pace? Then why not take a cycling trip across South Africa’s spectacular Cape Peninsula. Not for the faint of heart (in both senses of the saying!), this scenic route will see you peddle your way past lush mountains, rocky falls and sandy dunes, along the gorgeous coastline between Cape Town and Cape Agulhas. What better way to see the South African countryside?
Ski the Moroccan slopes
Taste adventure and take a skiing trip to the most unlikely of destinations – Morocco! Combining a full body work out with death-defying views of the Moroccan mountains, this adrenalised adventure begins near Marrakesh (Morocco has another ski resort near Fes, but Ouikaimden is our favourite). With steep slopes (including a 1000m vertical drop) and North Africa’s highest ski lift, you’ll need a steady head for heights to tackle this resort. With donkeys available to ferry you from slope to slope and panoramic views, this resort is a skiing aficionados dream – but with no ski patrol to bail you out if things get rough and blizzards common, if you’re not an experienced skier, we advise sticking to the beginner’s slope.
Close encounters of the croc kind, Australia
If you’re after a whole different kind of rush, head to Palm Cove in Queensland, Australia – just a 30 minute drive from Cairns airport, where flights from London to Australia run regularly, here you’ll find a variety of hikes, treks and guided walks. And if a trek through the scenic views of Oz doesn’t sound quite exciting enough to tickle your fancy, make the last stop on your walk Hartley’s Crocodiles Adventures. This enormous (you guessed it) crocodile park is seething with thousands of freshwater crocs – cruise Hartley’s lagoon, get an up-close-and-personal view of the giant reptiles feeding or watch a trained zookeeper get hands on with the crocs in the water in a special show. You can even pole feed one of the crocodiles yourself – so make sure your bicep strength is up to scratch if you don’t want to end up in the water yourself.
However you get your buzz on, these active adventures are sure to get your heart racing and your muscles pumping.