South Africa features the most diverse culture, a rich heritag, natural beauty and is also a dynamic adventure destination for any adventure junkie. Whether the travellers sense of adventure entails stepping off a precipice to experience the thrill of paragliding or a leisurely walk through a forest, South Africa offers many unforgettable experiences for adventure travellers.
South Africa’s extreme sports
Thrill seekers have the opportunity to go sand boarding down the dunes or dive into the deep sea and come face to face with a Great White shark near Hermanus, Cape Town. South Africa is home to the world’s highest abseil and bungee jump which is located at the magnificent Garden Route and, together with world class rock climbing and white-water rafting, there is plenty to satisfy even the bravest of the brave.
Adrenaline Junkies Activities
- Go mountain biking through the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
- Test your 4×4 driving skills in the hills of Montague
- Quad Bike through the Witches Forest in Knysna, Garden Route
- Feel the force of a waterfall on your face as you abseil down Table Mountain
- Jump into mountain pools during a kloofing experience
- Go Sand boarding along the spectacular Overberg region
- Surfing some of the top waves in Jeffreys Bay, Cape Town and Durban
- Hike the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal
- Cage dive and encounter Great White sharks
- Feel the adrenaline of the rapids as you go white-water rafting
- Thrill yourself with the world’s highest bungee jump at the Garden Route
- Follow a school of dolphins on your sea-kayak
- Go Quad Biking in a game reserve
- Enjoy the rush of kite surfing along one of South Africa’s great beaches
Shark Cage Diving at Shark Alley between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, Gansbaai
Close to the southernmost tip of the African continent, 5 miles / 8 kilometres out to sea, lies Shark Alley which is a popular hunting ground of the amazing Great White shark. Shark Alley is a channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock in Gansbaai which is protected from the worst of the southern Atlantic’s weather. Cage diving with sharks allows the adventurer to see eye in eye with these these magnificent beasts. To participate in shark cage diving, no scuba diving qualifications, experience or equipment is required.
Skydiving near Cape Town
On the way up in the aircraft, the view is breathtaking. To the South, Cape Town lies sandwiched between Table Mountain and the bustling Table Bay harbour. Further to the south, and to the far side of the mountain, lies False Bay, Hout Bay and the splendour of the South Peninsula as far as Cape Point. Adventure seekers have the chance to experience an amazing Tandem Skydive.
On a tandem jump, you are strapped to a Tandem Instructor with a special harness which is attached to a specially designed parachute large enough to support two people.
After only 15 minutes of ground briefing you will enjoy a spectacular 20 minute aircraft ride, experiencing the finest views of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
Then it’s action time! Out the door for a 120mph/200kph free-fall, falling about 25-30 seconds from 9,000ft or for about 35-40 seconds from 11,000ft. The Tandem Instructor opens the parachute at about 5000ft, and a peaceful 3-4 minute parachute ride to the ground follows.
Dining in the Sky with a thrill: Fourways, Johannesburg
Experience a unique and magnificent meal experience. Dinner in the Sky is by far the most exciting meal you will ever have. The table is hoisted 40m into the air by a crane where guests can feast on a three course meal.
Anything from breakfast, lunch or dinner in the sky, cocktails, meetings, parties, presentations, team building or sports events and maybe even a wedding in the Sky for the couple who is seeking a bit of an adventure can be arranged. This is undoubtedly the most amazing experience one will ever have.
Crazy Water Walking Balls
Water balls, crazy water walking balls, hamster balls, bubble balls or whatever name you like are the best fun in aquatic entertainment,by far one of the best water toys ever invented. The fun waterballs are a 2 meter in diameter plastic bubble sphere that a person climbs into and then literally walks on water.
On the water and inside the water walkers you can do just about anything you like…try your hand at running or balancing. Maybe you want to try bump into your friends in the other balls or for the more placid perhaps just take your MP3 player with and relax!
Experience the new and exciting Zorbing craze with us. It involves hurtling down a hill or rolling on water in an inflatable ball. It is a FUN, FUN, FUN ride! There are also some other great and unique options to choose from from the new Zero Gravity Rocket to a Foam Pool, and many more.
This article was a guest post written by Ryan Mackie of South African Hotels.com who specialize in Swaziland accommodation and South Africa.