If you are looking for adventure, then South Africa is the place to visit. Here are the top 10 adventure activities available in South Africa.
1. See the Big Five
See the Big Five in their natural habitat at one of South Africa’s many game reserves. Catch a glimpse of the elusive Leopard, drive through a heard of Elephant, quietly observe a powerful Rhino, gently pass the dangerous Buffalo and watch a pride of Lions eat their kill. Nature has never been so exciting!
2. Bungy jump at the World’s Highest Bungy
If you are looking for a thrill like no other, then bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, 30 km from Plettenberg Bay, on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape. This is the world’s Highest Commercial Bungee Jump at 216m, and an adrenalin junkie’s dream.
3. Swim with Great White Sharks
Get up close and personal with one of nature’s most feared predators, the Great White Shark. Shark-Cage Diving is not for the faint hearted, as you are lowered into a cage into the cold Atlantic Ocean to observe these magnificent creatures up close.
4. Dive with a Crocodile
You’ve done Shark Cage Diving, now try Crocodile Cage Diving; South Africa’s newest extreme activity! Located in the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, this adventure is for someone looking for something completely out of the ordinary. Experience the power of the Nile Crocodile from the safety of your cage.
5. Ride an Ostrich
For an unforgettable adventure be sure to ride an Ostrich while in the quaint village of Oudtshoorn in the Karoo. These birds may seem tame to you, but riding an Ostrich is a fast paced exhilarating adventure.
6. Take to the Skies Paragliding
Paragliding gives you a bird’s eye view of the spectacular scenery in South Africa, as well as a breathtaking adventure. Paraglide off Lion’s in Cape Town or get sky high over the lush vegetation of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Paragliding along the Garden Route is one of the best places to try this sport. Its many valleys, river’s, estuaries and beaches makes for an unparalleled Paragliding experience.
7. Kayak in the Ocean
Explore South Africa’s coastline in a Kayak. Get close to penguins while Sea Kayaking in Simonstown, explore the Knysna Estuary, or encounter whales while kayaking in Hermanus. Sea Kayaking is a fun and safe adventure for anyone comfortable on water.
8. Enjoy an Elephant Back Safari
Elephant Back Safaris are a once in a lifetime experience and a must do when visiting South Africa. Experience the thrill of riding on one of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. For those less daring, visit the Elephant sanctuaries where you can feed the elephants and learn more about these African giants.
9. Sand Boarding down Giant Dunes
Sand Boarding in South Africa is Africa’s answer to snowboarding. Sand Boarding has become very popular especially just outside Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Book tours Eastern Cape are often on the dunes around Betty’s Bay while the Maitland’s area just outside Port Elizabeth also has fantastic dunes perfect for sand boarding. A unique sand boarding experience can also be found on the old mine dumps of Johannesburg which also offer excellent conditions.
10. Hike Majestic Mountains
Hiking is the purest form of adventure in South Africa. There are many wonderful Hiking Trails in South Africa. Hike to the top of Lions Head or Table Mountain in Cape Town, or explore the many hiking trails in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains or lush coastline of the Wild Coast. The world-famous Otter Trail is found along the Garden Route at Tsitsikamma.