There’s more than one way to go on safari.

We like to mix things up in Africa – a little horse-riding on the beach here, some desert trekking there, maybe a cheeky detour for a swim in a volcanic lake. Why search for zebras and ring-tailed lemurs from a Jeep when you can see them from a mountain bike, or on your own two feet? We venture into the canyons and gorges of Madagascar, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and the off-grid wilderness of South Africa – but not so off-grid we can’t enjoy a glass of the local pinotage. Active adventure in Africa is about breaking a sweat and having a roaring old time. Leave your binoculars at the door.

Active Adventures in Africa

9 Days From €1,695

Take part in a journey through South Africa's fantastically wild heartland, with hikes...

7 Days From €675

Experience a different side to the mystical lands of Morocco, exploring Marrakech,...

14 Days From €2,269

Go trekking in Madagascar, an island like no other. Travel from Antananarivo to Ifaty,...

Why choose Intrepid

We will give you the best experience on trekking

Adventure is in our genes

We’ve been running our active adventures for over a decade, which means we know the best local suppliers and experts on the ground to give you an exciting and safe experience.

We have experienced local leaders with Intrepid

Experienced Leaders

Don’t know what a carabiner is? No problems! Our experienced local leaders and adventure enthusiasts can help show you the ropes while also showing you the sights.

Safety is our first priority.

Safety First

Whether it’s an included activity or an optional extra, we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy. 

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Learn New Skills

Discovering a new destination also means unlocking new skills, like horse riding, canyoneering or mountain biking. Our Active Adventures are uniquely designed to teach you something new (and make you an enthusiast too.)

By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.

Local Matters

We have close relationships with the communities we visit and always use local adventure providers on each of our trips. By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.

We design our trips to be environmentally friendly.

Responsible Travel

We’re not going to ramble through the jungle in a 4x4 vehicle and we won’t ask you to ride an elephant. That’s just not us. We make sure our itineraries are designed in an environmentally friendly way.

Highlights of Africa

Travellers in High Atlas Mountains

Trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Walking through the Moroccan desert is a world away from the fanfare of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el-Fna, and yet full of surprises. After a heart-warming homestay in the dramatically located mountain town of Aroumd, lace up your hiking boots for an epic walk over the High Atlas Mountains. These stark and jagged landscapes are simply not done justice in pictures. In the afternoon, descend into the valley and find yourself in the instantly loveable fishing town of Essaouira, where some seaside r’n’r is in order.

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Mountain bikers in South Africa

Safari in style on a mountain bike in South Africa

In wondrous, wine-country South Africa, the rigours of the trail are never without reward. Before retiring to an individually decorated, solar-powered wooden cabin by the sea, take part in a 10-kilometre (6.5-mile) mountain bike trail among antelopes, zebras and ostriches. Not into the dirt? There’s a smoother, easier option for those who like their cycling trails a little less rugged. The day ends in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, a pretty bayside spot from which to sit by the fire and watch the sun set over the Atlantic.

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Horse rider on beach in Morocco

Ride a horse along the beach in Essaouira, Morocco

Morocco’s most iconic bohemian beach town is full of surprises, from its aromatic backstreets to its seaside fortifications complete with 18th-century cannons. But it’s not every day you get to ride a horse in the spray of the Atlantic Ocean. Saddle up at the Ranch de Diabat and set off across the dunes to find the house of the Black Sultan, skirt the shoreline of Diabat with views of Mogador and its Portuguese castle, and finish with a detour into mimosa-filled forest.

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Hiker on trail in Madagascar

Hike the weird and wonderful trails of Madagascar

Quirky, friendly and French-infused, Madagascar is East African adventure that’s a little left of field. Trek past mimosas and palms and bizarre boabs; spot lizards and chameleons and a massive array of different lemurs; tackle everything from canyons to rice fields to eucalypt forest; be greeted by Barabory folk in small villages; and see the old-school woodcarving trade of Zafimaniry folk in action. The hiking here is like nothing else on earth.

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Madagascar: Hike & Bike, June 2018

Katherine Smith

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, June 2018

Trish Stevenson

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, June 2018

Trish Stevenson

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, June 2018

Nancy Tugano

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, April 2018

Steve Hachmann

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, June 2018

Harriet Goddard

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, April 2018

Mark Rippel

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, April 2018

Hannah Rollings

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, April 2018

Yevgeniy Skaradinskiy

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, March 2018


Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, March 2018

Johannes Farkas

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride, March 2018

Laura Gillham

Active South Africa, December 2017

Joanna Dawson

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, October 2017

Fabienne Stettler

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, October 2017

Ryan Sullivan

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, October 2017

Suzan Venter

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, October 2017

Lee Withall

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, October 2017

Katharine Schwedhelm

Active Morocco, October 2017

Mikael Dos Reis Pereira

Active Morocco, October 2017

Hannah Lalo

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, September 2017

Sue Webb

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, June 2017

Simone Medonos

Madagascar: Hike & Bike, May 2017

Jane Gibbens

Active Morocco, April 2017

Sarah Brownlie

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