10. Omdurman, Sudan
Omdurman is the second largest city in Sudan and is located on the west bank of the river Nile. There are not many interesting places to visit there, but there is something you may find exciting. There are a lot of tombs in Omdurman. However, none of them is as interesting as the Tomb of Muhammad Ahmad (Madhi.) There is also the tomb of Sheikh Hamad El-Nil. Every Friday afternoon, the Quadriya Sufi sect followers gather there for Zikr, a religious ceremony that attracts a lot of local people and tourists.
9. Faiyum, Egypt
People usually associate Egypt with pyramids, the Nile, and the Sphynx. However, the country has plenty of other attractions you can enjoy. The city of Faiyum is located in Middle Egypt, in the Faiyum Oasis. It has received a lot of attention in the last few years, and you will see why.
One of the main attractions of Faiyum is the Magic Lake Dunes. You can find it 65 kilometers southwest of the city, and it is an ideal location for sandboarding. The beautiful sand dunes attract sandboarding enthusiasts from all over the world. Apart from that, you can enjoy an exciting game of paintball with complete strangers. Wadi Elrayan hosts the largest waterfalls in Egypt, and everyone knows about the lakes. But it is Wadi Al-Hitan which attracts most tourists. It is also called The Valley of Whales, and in 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its archeological value. Scientists have been able to study the evolution of whales because of this location. If you decide to visit the site, you can see a whale’s bones laying in the sand. Hundreds of fossils have emerged over the years, which makes it an interesting place.
8. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Malaysia has been underestimated for many years, but lately, it has become a top destination. That is because the country has a lot to offer. Kuala Terengganu is one of the cities in Malaysia that provides entertainment for all kinds of travelers. You can go sightseeing if you like, but if it is an adventure you seek, mosques and markets may prove to be a bit dull. To make your trip an exciting experience you can ride a bus called Cas Ligas. It is meant to mimic traditional houses in Kuala Terengganu, the only difference being that this one moves. You cannot leave until you do that. You can also take a short boat trip to Seberang Takir, which is a fisherman village. And if your taste buds feel adventurous as well, find the Night Market. The local food will not disappoint.
7. Udaipur, India
The first thing you should know about India is that most attractions are spiritual. It is not that you cannot experience exciting things, but most of the tourists who visit India go for the culture. However, rest assured that there are other things to keep you entertained, apart from ashrams and Hindu temples. Udaipur is located in the Indian state Rajasthan. It is often said that the city is the most romantic place in India. That is because it is full of lakes and old palaces. You can find plenty of activities to do here, other than sightseeing. One activity that combines the sense of adventure with sightseeing is the Mansapurna Karni Ropeway. If you are not afraid of heights, you can take a ride in a red cable car which is installed between two mountains. When you reach the middle, your adrenaline level will rise for sure. People who have the sense of adventure choose Udaipur as an ideal place for trekking. Together with Ghanerao and Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur is the best place for trekking in Rajasthan. Shilpgram has a lot of things to offer as well. The name translates into craftsmen’s village, and you can find it 3 kilometers from Udaipur. You can see and buy a lot of interesting things, and if you are up for it, you can take a camel or horse ride.
Most people have never even heard of Timor-Leste (or East Timor), which is a pity because it offers exotic scenery and exciting activities. Beaches have a lot more to offer than you usually expect. If by any chance you go to Timor-Leste during migration season, you can see dolphins along the coastline. It is indeed an unforgettable experience. Scuba diving is another thing you can do here. Like all exotic places, diving is available all year. You can see various corals, trevally, blue moray eels, scorpion fish, reef sharks, and much more. For world-class diving, you must go to Atauro Island. You can reach the island only by boat. The virgin beaches there are ideal for snorkeling, and you can even see the local pod of dolphins. Atauro is the word for ‘goat,’ so you will see plenty of them as well around the island. The place is also perfect for hiking. The rain forest is something that you must explore. Other adventurous activities in Timor-Leste include trekking Mt. Ramelau, mountain biking around Lake Ira Lalaro (which hosts the country's largest population of crocodiles, so no swimming is allowed,) and taking a dip in the hot springs of Marobo.
5. Maputo, Mozambique
The best thing you could do in Maputo is taking a trip to Inhaca Island. That is where you will find the most interesting things to do. You can reach the island either by plane or by boat. Both are very cheap. You can do scuba diving; the coral reefs are amazing. Snorkeling is also available, and so are various water sports. You can fish, take boat trips, go cable skiing and parasailing. The white sand beaches and lagoons are not something you want to miss as well. If you are interested in the wildlife in Maputo, the Maputo Special Reserve is the home for elephants, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, and a vast variety of birds. However, if you do not have a good guide, one who knows where the animals usually roam, you will be disappointed. So make sure that the guide you choose knows what he is doing. Other than enjoying wildlife and water sports, you can go sightseeing. The Natural History Museum, the Old Portuguese Fort, and the Maputo Central Railway Station (which is designed by Gustave Eiffel) are the main attractions.
4. Mukono, Uganda
Mukono is the place to visit if you like to come in direct contact with animals. People from all over the world go there for a face-to-face encounter with chimpanzees. The Ngamba Island Sanctuary is the home for almost-wild chimpanzees. You can play and walk with them, which is not something you can do in many places in the world. The fact that they are on an island and the fear of water keep the chimpanzees ‘caged’, but they are roaming free all over the island. If you are looking for exciting activities, you have where to choose from. You can go sports fishing, canoeing, rafting, sailing, and cruising on Lake Victoria. The lake is the largest in Africa and the second largest in the entire world. Ssezibwa Falls is one of the main attractions in Mukono. It is located 11 kilometers east of Mukono and provides unforgettable experiences for campers. The site also includes a natural forest reserve where you can go on hikes and do some bird watching. If you are lucky, you will spot some rare species of monkeys that reside there.
Kiribati is an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Most people go there because the scuba diving is incomparable. There is no industrial fishing in the area, which means observing the marine life is staggering. If you are looking for swimming on a remote place with no one around, the Chrismas Island is what you are looking for. Kiribati is a top destination for bird watchers. Christmas Island host hundreds of species of birds. Fishing is another thing you can do. There are organized tours which offer lagoon or open-water game fishing. You can arrange charters that will take on whichever island you want. The cherry of Kiribati is whale watching. December through April is the best time to be there. You can spot minks, dolphins, and killer whales. If you want a front seat, the best thing you could so is rent a boat and go cruising for a couple of days. The chances of seeing whales will increase considerably.
Just because it is one of the smallest countries in the southern atmosphere, that does not mean Swaziland has few things to offer. Quite the contrary. For such a small nation, Swaziland is a top destination for tourists. You can enjoy various experiences. You cannot go to Swaziland without seeing the Sibebe Rock. It is a massive granite dome you can find ten kilometers away from the capital city, which is Mbabane. There is one other exposed granite dome in Australia, but the one in Swaziland is not as crowded by tourists. For a rustic experience, you have the option of visiting the Shewula Mountain Camp. The people there are very welcoming, and you can get to know the community and its traditions. If you want, you can even spend the night in a hut. It is a rustic setting, but you have a hot shower and delicious food prepared with local, organic produce. Other than that, Swaziland has game reserves where you can watch the wildlife of various animals, you can go white rafting on the Great Usutu River, and the Hlane Royal National Park is the home of elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, leopards, and many others.
When people say Namibia, the first thing that comes to mind is a place where the desert meets the sea. It is indeed a breathtaking place to visit, especially in the morning and before sunset. Keep in mind that it is almost unbearable to be there during the day because the temperatures are scorching. However, few things can compare to standing on the dunes and seeing how the sun is diving into the ocean. Apart from sightseeing, you can do plenty of fun and exciting things in Namibia. The first one on your list should be hot air ballooning over the Namib Desert. That is if you are not afraid of heights, of course. Flying over the dunes is something you will never be able to forget. Then you can go on a trail through NamibRand Nature Reserve. You will walk for almost a day on the hot dunes until you reach an improvised kitchen in a ‘camp.’ You get to eat a three-course meal prepared by the chef who is stationed there and sleep under the stars. You can see the whole Milky Way from you bed roll, which is heated with warm water bottles. In the morning you can see the sun rising over the dunes. Some people go to Namibia just for that amazing experience. You will find fun things to do in Swakopmund. The place is famous for sandboarding. You can go down a dune with approximately 70 km/h while you sit on your stomach on a hard wood board. If that does not sound exciting, I do not know what does. Exploring the desert on an ATV also looks interesting, so you should give it a try if you ever go to Namibia.
It takes time and patience to plan an adventurous vacation. The secret to a perfect itinerary is planning. Do your research, find the locations you want to see the most, and learn everything there is to know about them. That way, you cannot fail.