10 Destinations for adrenaline junkies

Mar 31 2014, 16:24 IST
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Extreme adventure tourism is the latest fashion trend amongst the adrenaline junkies. Extreme adventure tourism is the latest fashion trend amongst the adrenaline junkies.
SummaryExtreme adventure tourism is the latest fashion trend amongst the adrenaline junkies.

dose of extreme adventure. Don’t expect your tour guide to be holding a coloured flag or umbrella - these tour leaders are called high risk environment guides and are former military special operations personnel. Tour locations include Iraq, Beirut and Africa.

Trekking - Dolomites, Italy

The most extreme way to check out the Italian Dolomites is Via Ferrata - a walking track equipped with steel cables, ladders, wooden walkways and suspended bridges. This system, originally constructed to assist soldiers to safely cross the Alps, has been a saviour for holidaymakers big on adventure but lacking in hiking and climbing experience.

Sandboarding – Oman

Some of the desert dunes in the Wahibi Sands, a two hour drive from Muscat, the capital of Oman, are 100 metres high. This is the perfect place for some extreme boarding action, snowboard style, without the snow. Not so extreme adventurers can enjoy the dunes toboggan style. Combine sand-boarding with quad bike riding through the desert dunes for the ultimate sandy adrenaline rush.

Surfing Jaws Break – Hawaii

When it comes to extreme surfing adventures, Jaws Break in Maui, Hawaii tops the daredevil’s list. From December to March, on a storm swell, wave height can exceed 18 metres. The waves here are too big to paddle out, so surfers need to be towed on to the wave by a jet ski. For those more accustomed to swimming between the flags, the Pe’ahi lookout provides the perfect vantage point for spectators.

Powerful White Water - Iguaza Falls, South America

The Iguaza Falls are taller and twice as wide as the Niagara Falls. While you can view these falls from a lookout or a helicopter - real adventurers head to the water for a boat ride into the heart of the dump zone. There are 275 waterfalls along a 2.7kilometer stretch of river, which can be accessed from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, but most people enter the national park from either Brazil or Argentina with two thirds of the Iguaza Falls are on the Argentina side. On full moon nights, from September until December a silvery rainbow forms over the water, turning this extreme adventure destination into something quite surreal.

Serengeti Annual Migration – Africa

The ultimate safari experience as millions of zebra, wildebeest and antelope gather their young and start their trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The incredible scene of hungry crocodiles lying in wait for the weaker member of the

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