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South Africa, Zimbabwe, Morocco

Morocco is an outstanding country for adventurous travelers. Its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert means you can surf perfect waves along the coast of Tanzouhout one day and ride a camel across the world’s largest desert the next day. Quad bike through age-old villages, traverse the Atlas Mountains, wander freely around Hollywood movie sets in Ouarzazate, caravan into the Sahara, sandboard down spectacular sand dunes, and spend a night in a Berber-style tent under the desert stars. Morocco is pure magic. 

Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? How about bungee jumping into the world’s largest waterfall? A flurry of activity revolves around Victoria Falls including ziplining, microflights and helicopter trips, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Back on dry land, there are legions of game reserves, national parks, and wildlife preserves to roam on foot or via jeep safari. Adventure is never far off in Zimbabwe.

History and architecture (think: Colosseum, Pantheon, Rome’s “Wedding Cake” building, the Vatican) are so intertwined in Italy, even the kids will want to learn about the country’s fascinating past. And no one will complain about refueling with pizza and gelato after a day of touring Rome’s best attractions. You can even take a pizza making class and learn how to make real Italian pizza! Or opt to take your family out of the city to explore the countryside, cycle the walls of Luca, and play on the sandy shores of Tuscany.

Endless options present themselves for adventurous travelers in South Africa. Kick off the fun with a hike up Table Mountain for unmatched views over Cape Town and then abseil down the side. For hard-core hikers, the multi-day Otter Trail along the Eastern Cape is a unique way to soak up the famous Garden Route. If you’re really looking to get your heart pumping, Bloukrans Bridge offers one of the highest bungee jumps in the world and Gansbaai is a haven for Great White Shark cage diving! Would you dare to try it?

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