FINDING ADVENTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA
TOP 5 ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
South Africa is a country most famous for the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, Kruger National Park, award-winning winelands and beautiful beaches, mountains and savannas.
With over 16 million visitors in 2018, it’s no wonder visitors flock to the country to experience the celebrity beaches, abundant game (of course we are home to the Big 5), extreme adventures, early fossils, spectacular landscapes, vibrant cultures and delicious cuisine.
Not only this (yes, we’ll keep blowing our own horn), South Africa is also an adrenaline-junkie’s dream destination. There is adventure waiting at every turn, wherever you go – it won’t be boring!
1. Great White shark Cage Diving, Hermanus
This is an adventure activity perfect for the family or couple in search of an adrenaline rush. It is an incredible experience and a wonderful opportunity to encounter this misunderstood and endangered creatures in their natural habitat. Great White Shark cage diving happens all year round and with sharks spotted all year long, visitors keep coming back for more unforgettable memories. Jaws left many of us skeptical but there are a number of reasons why it’s worth taking to the seas with the sharks (hint: conservation plays a role).
2. Abseiling, Table Mountain
Abseiling, also called rappelling, is available in most areas of South Africa. But if you’re looking for the best spot, Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain has the highest commercial abseil in the world. This thrilling experience is only made better by the beautiful surrounding views of Robben Island, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The “long drop” is about a kilometre above the city and a thrill you won’t forget anytime soon.
3. Bungee jumping, Bloukrans Bridge
The Bloukrans Bridge Bungee is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world! At 216 metres above sea level, this adventure activity is not for the fainthearted and definitely not for those with a fear of heights. It is found along the scenic Garden Route and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Other activities, like sea kayaking and canopy tours, are also available here if you want to keep the adrenaline rush going!
4. Kite Surfing, Langebaan
Kite surfing is considered the easiest water sport to learn. Langebaan in the Western Cape makes for the perfect location in South Africa when it comes to this sport. Flat waters and consistent wind make it perfect for any kite surfing beginner. Langebaan is also home to the annual Downwind Dash race, which sees hundreds of participants every year.
5. Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The park is themed around the gold rush of 1886 and the resort offers a variety of entertainment for young and old. Besides a good amount of thrill rides, tours and the opportunity to mine gold, there is also 4-star accommodation and a casino available.