South Africa has a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, and a place where diverse cultures meet. This vibrant country easily makes it to the top destination people visit in Africa.
The amazing wildlife in South Africa has given rise to unlimited safari options. Undertaking a jeep or walking safari to spot animals up close is a common venture in the country. Although it is fun and exhilarating, this activity is not the only one you can enjoy.
According to several reports, South Africa has become a preferred travel destination among adrenaline junkies. Offering many other adventure activities besides safaris, the country makes up for an active vacation.
Some of the most daring and extreme activities can be found here. Whether it is bungee jumping from the highest point or swimming with sharks, you can find almost all sorts of adventure sports in South Africa.
If your trip idea involves a lot of thrill, here are top 8 activities you must try in South Africa:
1. Paragliding in Cape Town
Experiencing South Africa’s beauty from a height while soaring in the air is an opportunity of a lifetime. One of the best ways to experience this is by paragliding. This activity is offered throughout South Africa but is particularly spectacular in Garden route.
The Garden route region boasts picturesque estuaries, lagoons, valleys, coastlines, and forests. From unique vantage points, you can view the breathtaking beauty of South Africa through paragliding.
Moreover, spots like Plettenburg Bay, George, Knysna, and Sedgefield offer gorgeous vistas during paragliding.
2. Kayaking in KwaZulu Natal
River cruises are serene and interesting where you can spot various animals from the comfort of your boat. But what happens when you take away the comfort and add thrill to it?
Kayaking along with crocodiles and hippos, some of the most dangerous animals, is an adventure often chosen by daredevils.
During kayaking, it is just you in a tiny boat, gliding along the brazen water while hippos and crocodiles surround you. The best place to go kayaking is in the estuaries of St. Lucia in KwaZulu Natal. Home to more than 800 hippos, 1000 crocodiles, and several species of sharks, kayaking in St Lucia is exhilarating.
Additionally, during the activity, you can observe the beautiful coastlines of South Africa and wetlands blooming with life.
3. Bungee Jumping from Bloukrans bridge
Although Bungee jumping can be done from any part of the world, South Africa still manages to attract many avid bungee jumpers. One of the best destinations to bungee jump in the country is from the Bloukrans Bridge.
The bridge is located on the Western and Eastern Cape border and appears tranquil. However, it is also the highest commercial bungee jumping spot, measuring at a staggering 216 meters or 709 feet. As you plunge from such a height towards the river below, you experience nothing but a pure adrenaline rush.
Bloukrans is among the famous attractions and gets crowded easily and thus, early booking is recommended.
4. Hiking the Otter trail
Otter trail is a multi-day trail that is ideal for enthusiastic trekkers and hikers alike. It is also one of the oldest and iconic hiking trails in South Africa. Running along the stunning coastline between the Storms River and Nature’s Valley, you can experience the first-hand beauty of the country through this hike.
The hike starts from Storms River Park and finishes in Nature’s Valley. Along the journey, you can swim in lakes and rivers, walk in the thickest of the forests, camp under the stars, and relax on the beautiful beaches.
Moreover, you can spot the flora, fauna, and wilderness of South Africa closely without any disturbances.
Covering 45km in 5 days, you are up for an exciting hike that offers constantly changing scenery and aesthetic landscapes.
5. Snorkeling in KwaZulu and Knysna
Due to the spectacular sea life of South Africa, there are various locations available for snorkeling. One of the most preferred spots to snorkel, however, is Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu Natal.
Voted as the third-best snorkeling destination in the world, Sodwana Bay attracts many tourists every year. More than 1200 species of fish have been identified in the Bay.
On the other hand, for a magnificent snorkeling experience, head to Knysna situated in the scenic Garden route. Here, you are met with pint-sized seahorses that are abundant in the warm water estuary of Knysna. Along with this, you are met with shipwrecks, various coral reefs, and colorful invertebrates.
6. Shark cage diving in Gansbaai
Shark cage diving falls under extreme sports and involves intimidating white sharks. However, much of this activity is centered around educating tourists about sharks as they are one of the most misunderstood creatures.
Getting up close and personal with the most feared predators is a terrifying but life-changing event. In South Africa, the finest place to undertake shark cage diving is in Gansbaai. Located close to Cape Town, Gansbaai has the highest concentrations of white sharks.
To keep the sharks at bay, you will be inside a sturdy steel cage that is lowered inside the water. The one-of-a-kind adrenaline rush can only be felt when sharks start swimming around your cage.
No matter how frightening this activity sounds, shark cage diving is safe as the steel cage ensures you stay protected.
7. Ziplining in Kareedouw river and Sun City
Ziplining offers a unique way to see the stunning natural scenery of South Africa. There is a wide variety of ziplining operators in the country situated in different locations.
Yet, one of the best places to zipline is in Ceres over the Kareedouw river. Ceres lies in the center of the western cape and is regarded to have the county’s most picturesque towns and farms. The zipline takes you over the Kareedouw river and in between the Skurweberg rocky mountain range.
Sun City has the world’s original extreme zip line and is also prominent for being the longest zip line. With speed topping off to 150km/h, this ride offers the perfect dose of adrenaline.
Ziplining is a perfect activity for families wanting to try something out of the ordinary.
It is impossible to complete a list of adrenaline-filled activities without mentioning skydiving. Jumping off a plane and feeling like a bird can only be felt through skydiving.
Getting a view of incredible South Africa from more than 1000 meters above is nerve-wracking yet equally fascinating. South African sky diving has a huge following and a well-established commercial sector that helps skydivers experience the absolute thrill of this extreme activity.
Since you can skydive from anywhere across the country, there isn’t one particular place to pinpoint. For starters, Cape town has beautiful views of the city where one has the opportunity to see the massive Table Mountain and Table Bay harbor.
Some excellent place for skydiving also include False Bay, Robben Island, Cape West Coat, and Langebaan Lagoon.
It is always better to enjoy various activities during a trip that can take away the monotony and add excitement. As South Africa continues to provide the top stirring and riveting activities, experiencing some (or maybe all) of them is worthwhile.
If you are a true adventure seeker, don’t miss out on the activities mentioned above during a South African vacation.
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