Consider yourself an intrepid traveler? Visit these 15 destinations and try your hand at these extreme sports for an exhilarating dose of adrenaline.
Skydiving: the Himalayas, Nepal
If you dare try it, skydiving will probably be one of the most heart-stopping experiences of your life. And if you do it in the Himalayan mountain chain, you're guaranteed to become the coolest person in your friend and family circles.
Head to Sagarmatha National Park, home to Mount Everest, where a helicopter will take you to new heights. Experiencing the thrill of jumping into the open sky while being surrounded by an gorgeous, snow-capped landscape is something you'll never forget.
Swimming with great white sharks: Cape Town, South Africa
Great white sharks are among the greatest predators roaming the planet. Swimming with them may seem a bit like a death wish, but it is still very tempting to rub shoulders with the most awe-inspiring creature of the oceans.
If you wish to take a dip in shark-infested waters, head to the ebullient Cape Town. The South African port city provides the perfect opportunity for curious visitors to swim with the sharks. Obviously, you'll have to be in a cage in case the shark suddenly decides it wants a human-shaped snack.
Volcano hiking: Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
Hiking just isn't exciting enough anymore. The new thing now is to add the risk of volcanic eruption into the equation. Volcano hiking seems like a normal hike until you reach the summit and are suddenly staring down a scalding crater where red-hued lava simmers.
One of the best places to embark on this one-of-a-kind adventure is on Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull, a famous volcano which last erupted in 2010, plunging the whole of Europe into darkness. As you climb from sea level all the way to the top you'll be surrounded at all times by sublime, multifaceted scenery, from ash to glaciers. And if you are in the mood for a little more adventure, from April to September it's even possible to ski back down.
Bungee-jumping: Macau, China
Bungee-jumping is scary anywhere, so imagine doing it from the top of one of the world's tallest buildings. That's exactly what you can do while staying in Macau, a casino-filled, clamorous region on China's southern coast.
Macau Tower, with its distinctive soaring silhouette, is where you'll be jumping from, attached to a strong, well-designed cord, with guide cables ensuring you won't make contact with the tower like an unfortunate pigeon. Jumpers leap from a 765-foot-high platform, bouncing back up when they are roughly 100 feet from the ground.
Walking safari: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is renowned for its safaris, which allow adventurous souls to approach and admire the world's most graceful fauna, including many beautiful, ferocious felines. But if jeep safaris don't appeal, you might want to switch it up a little and opt for a walking safari, which is more respectful to both the animals and the environment.
Mana Pools National Park, in the north of the country, is an area known for being the ideal playground for walking safaris. The reserve is a World Heritage Site and home to diverse, rich wildlife. With the great visibility offered by the area, it's possible to get a good look at the splendid animals populating the region, which include elephants, lions, and hyenas.