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Taste of adventure: five Eid escapes

Eid Al Adha is just around the corner; instead of spending it on the beach – or worse, on your couch – try one of Aficionado’s top picks.

Falcons and Salukis

Hunting with falcons and salukis is an ancestral tradition in the Arab World and more specifically in the UAE. Taming falcons is considered an art and they are considered as partners with their master. Salukis are some of the fastest dogs on earth, they are known for their ability to catch desert hares. They are very valuable and very rare.

To enjoy this experience you can head to the Liwa region, three hours away from Dubai. You can also enjoy the desert life with camps, camel rides and dune bashing activities available.

Dive in Zambia

There is a natural rock pool on the edge of the Victoria Falls, located along the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the dry season (September to December), the pool is shallow enough for people to safely swim right to the edge before the waterfall drops more than 100 metres.

Dog sledding in Iceland

With trusty Greenlandic dogs, which are traditionally used by the Inuit people of Greenland, by your side, dog sledding offers people a unique ride that has to be experienced to be believed.

Ice fishing in Sweden

Fishing is practically a state sport in Sweden, so there’s no need to stop just because winter, in some parts of the world, has arrived. Ice fishing is a great reason to get out of the house and there are plenty of places in the country where you can try it out.

Climbing volcanoes in Hawaii

The islands of Hawaii are brilliantly diverse. Here, you can find tropical rain forests, cool alpine regions, arid deserts and sunny beaches, but there’s only one activity on our minds – climbing volcanoes.