South Africa is known for its expansive beaches, towering mountains and its animals that roam the game reserves throughout the country. However aside from game drives, beach days and wine tasting trips there are a number of unusual African adventures on offer.
Fly in a jet in Cape Town
Thunder City in Cape Town offers guests the opportunity to fly in ex-military jets. Experience views of Cape Town, the cape point peninsula and Robben Island from the pit of a supersonic jet.
Ride an Ostrich in Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn gives tourists the unique opportunity to sit on an ostrich, ride that ostrich or for the brave, participate in an Ostrich derby! A visit to an Ostrich farm will also showcase the ostrich eggs, baby birds and the history of the Ostrich boom in the Western Cape.
Climb a frozen waterfall in the Drakensberg
Experienced climbers can ascent the frozen waterfalls of Giants Castle Massif in the winter months. Ice-climbing in this exquisite mountain range boasts some of the best views in the world.
Sand board down a dune in Betty’s Bay
Sand boarding down the dunes in Betty’s Bay is immensely exhilarating. This fun activity is easy to learn and can be done standing, sitting or lying down (all depending on how much sand you plan to eat during your trip).
Go zip-lining in Sun City
The world’s longest and fastest zip line can be found in Sun City, South Africa. This 2000m long zip line is done at an average speed of 120km per hour resulting in a spine-tingling experience.
Dive with sharks in Durban
Diving with tiger sharks in the warm waters off Durban allow swimmers to experience a close encounter with these giant predators – without the need for a cage!
Abseil off cliffs in Knysna
The stunning Knysna heads on the Garden Route offer a unique abseiling experience. The 220 metre rock face cascades down into crashing waves and a stunning view over the Knysna lagoon can be seen from the cliff.
Swim with crocodiles in Oudtshoorn
At the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn guests are submerged below water in a metal tank. Here you can look into the eyes of a massive Nile crocodile.
Jump of the Orlando Towers in Soweto
Bungee jumping, swinging, freefalling and base jumping are all offered at the Orlando Towers in Soweto. The towers are old cooling towers that are now home to this myriad of amazing activities.
Janine Mare is a regular contributor for a number of travel-related blogs and websites. She currently dedicates all her time to the South African Tourism Company where she works developing hotel write-ups and travel articles.