All nine of South Africa’s provinces offer a wide range of activities from deep sea diving and shark cage diving to mountain climbing and elephant-back safaris, fishing, surfing, hang gliding, hot-air ballooning, whale watching etc.
When visiting South Africa, whether you are young or old, there’s an adventure option within your fitness range that will add a lot of fun to your stay in South Africa. There are plenty of activities to choose from and the choice is growing all the time.
The daring, ultra-fit thrill-seekers opt for hair raising stunts such as bungee jumping, riding the rapids, diving with great white sharks, and leaping from the skies with parachutes strapped to their backs. Hikers follow adventure trails, climbers scale the mountain peaks, and anglers stand thigh-high in streams waiting for trout to snatch the fly.
Popular options for the less energetic traveller to South Africa include bird-watching, snorkelling and the ever popular hot air ballooning. South Africa’s near perfect climate provides ideal conditions for hot air ballooning, and it doesn’t require any exertion.
All you do is climb aboard a basket, wait for lift off, relax and enjoy fabulous birds-eye views of the countryside. The wind, the pilot and the crew do all the work, and at the end of the flight, a celebratory glass of champagne and scrumptious brunch awaits you.
For snorkelling – the cheapest way of exploring the rich marine life of the underwater world . Scuba diving is in a different league altogether, and you should be a good swimmer before thinking of taking the plunge.
You’ll also need specialised gear and a knowledge of the physical effects and potential dangers of the “foreign” environment. A course takes a minimum of five days and includes theory and practice sessions.
White water rafting can be either gentle or terrifying, depending on the river. Some, like the Doring in the Western Cape, are fast-flowing and steep. Others, including the Orange River, are calm and undemanding.
You need to be reasonably fit for the really wild rivers, but most people who can swim can cope with gentle conditions. Thrills and occasional spills, tranquillity, bird song, great scenery and good company provide the ideal ingredients for a memorable excursion.
No experience is required to ride or to take part in a horseback safari, and in the saddle you’ll probably get closer to game than you would on foot or in a vehicle. Novice riders quickly gain confidence, and those who’ve tried it say that the combination of riding and game-viewing is irresistible.
Elephant-Back Game Viewing
Shark Cage Diving
Where: Gansbaai / Mossel Bay
Canoeing on the Orange River