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South Africa - Free the adventurous spirit within
July 8, 2018, 5:10 pm

From skydiving, quad biking, windsurfing, treetop zip lining, international cycle races and sporting events to relaxing strolls along perfect promenades and even a quiet game of golf – there is no shortage of adventures in South Africa in some of the world’s most beautiful settings. Whether you are after exhilarating moments or a relaxing new hobby, these are some of South Africa’s most popular action and outdoor activities:

Bridge Bungee from Bloukrans Bridge:  Bloukrans Bridge Bungee is one of the world's highest commercial bridge bungee at 216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River.  In 1990, the Bloukrans River Bridge became the first African bridge for bungee jumping.  In 2003, Bloukrans bungee was recognised as the world's highest commercial bungee jump.

Moses Mabhida Stadium Big Rush Big Swing: Moses Mabhida Stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup soccer games in 2010, and is a work of art. For the ultimate ride of your life, visit the 'Big Rush Big Swing' at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as this is the world’s only stadium swing and the biggest swing of any kind, anywhere. Jump into the void 106 meters above the world cup football pitch and swing out in a huge 220 meter arc under the iconic arch.

Swing clients have the added benefit of walking up the arch from where they can stop and admire the spectacular view of Durban and the Indian Ocean.

Dive with the great whites:  Explore the scenic ocean life with Great White shark-cage diving, breaching and surface viewing on an excursion to Seal Island False Bay. Other marine animals often sighted on the Seal Island trip include whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks. When you are next in Cape Town exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world, why not add a little adventure to your trip and book a Cape Town shark-cage diving trip in False Bay. Shark-cage diving has become one of South Africa's top experiences and is an adventure you will never forget. 

Raft down the Orange River: The Northern Cape's Orange and Vaal Rivers are ideal for canoeing and rafting. The 2 340km long Orange river is considered a favourite with its long stretches of water punctuated by rapids. This river rafting adventure is rated as one of the best entry level rafting adventures in South Africa. Feel the flow from the Maloti mountains in the Drakensberg while paddling through the Richtersveld desert. Let the experienced team of river guides open your hearts to the Richtersveld and natural surroundings of The Orange River.

Aabseiling in Knysna’s Storms River Gorge:  Abseiling involves using specialized equipment to make a controlled descent down a jagged cliff face. This adventure can be found on the cliffs of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The unique abseiling vantage points includes amazing views of incredible mountain rock faces, valley and gorges.

Abseiling in Knysna provides the opportunity to make a breath-taking descent on a totally exposed cliff with the waves crashing into the rocks below. Another option is the Storms River Gorge, an area filled with exciting adventure sports. There are adventure combination packages that include an amazing 100m abseil into a stunning valley, a tube ride down the river and finally, an invigorating cycle to the Storms River village.

Other abseiling combination packages can be found inland near the Hartbeespoort Dam. Those who are keen to try abseiling, but who do not feel quite up to the challenge of a 100m drop, can test their limits at the abseiling spots around Crocodile River.

Surfing in Jeffreys Bay (J'Bay): At the heart of the Eastern Cape's Sunshine Coast, Jeffreys Bay is rated one of the top 10 surfing spots in the world and is considered a surfer's haven on the Sunshine Coast. South Africa's premier wave is at Supertubes, a right-hand point break that is internationally famous for its consistency and length of ride. But Jeffreys Bay, with its beautiful beaches, has more attractions to offer than just surfing. Tourists can unfurl their towel on the sand at Dolphin Beach for relaxation.

With its many surf shops and restaurants, Jeffreys Bay is also a great place to simply hang out and indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Or get active and take part in a multitude of outdoor activities such as learning to surf, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, sand boarding, whale and dolphin watching, diving or beach horse rides. 

Horse riding: Regardless if you are a professional or a beginner, horse riding in South Africa is an incredible experience. Traveling across long sandy beaches, lush vineyards or mystic mountains on horseback is an entirely unique experience. Discover the diverse wildlife, birdlife and many picturesque South African treasures whilst horse riding. There are countless places to enjoy horse riding including the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and the Western Cape. There are also quite a few South African horse riding trails tailored for the disabled or otherwise handicapped.

The horse riding safaris in the country's game reserves allows visitors to get incredibly close to the wildlife in the area.

The Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo have sweeping grasslands that offer fast riding opportunities, while the mountainous areas can be explored at a slower pace. Bokpoort Horseback Adventures in the eastern Free State has short rides near a farm or multi-day trails that embrace the Lesotho border and head up into the beautiful mountains.

The Amadiba Adventure Project Trail is a horse-riding trek through the remote northern coastline of the Wild Coast.

Walk the Otter Trail: The Otter Trail follows the magnificent Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. It follows the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. The Otter Trail is justifiably hailed by many to be the top hiking trail in South Africa.


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