When it comes to holidays that comprise outdoor activities, then South Africa is one of the countries that will not disappoint. With its unique biodiversity, eco-tourism, and amazing culture, South Africa is one of the best places to visit. Another reason for South Africa’s popularity is the numerous avenues it provides for adventure loving tourists. It is also a place to try out some adrenaline pumping extreme sports such as shark cage diving, paragliding, helicopter rides, ostrich rides, surfing, abseiling, quad biking, and mountain biking and so on.
Though there are many hotspots in South Africa to try out amazing adventure sports, here are the most popular destinations of adventure junkies.
1. Cape Town
It is a place of mountains and seas and that is why it lists on the top for adventure lovers. Shark cage diving can be done at Gansbaai and Seal Island. Those who are interested in diving in the sea, there is no better place than Cape Town as there are numerous dive sites in the city including the Llandudno’s SS Maori shipwreck site, Miller’s Point, Granger Bay and more. Abseiling from the peak of Table Mountain is one of the most popular adventure activities in Cape Town. Kloofing which involves many activities such as swimming, sliding, boulder hopping and even jumping off cliffs is also popular but among those who are little braver than others. Paragliding is also popular in Cape Town. Those who wish to try a different water sport should go for kite surfing that is wakeboarding and kite flying will give you a high like never before. Other activities to go for are quad biking, rock cliff climbing, car racing and even sky jumping. A trip to Cape Town is indeed a must for every adventure addicts.
2. DurbanPhoto by Lori88, CC0 1.0
The third largest city in the country, Durban offers a variety of adventure sports. As it offers a gateway to the Indian Ocean, it is the ideal place to try out various water sports. Head to Golden Mile and visit the uShaka Marine World to go giving in the company of sharks. You can also go surfing at Bay of Plenty, North Beach or the beautiful Dairy Beach. If you wish to say hello to crocodiles, head to the Crocodile Creek. Try skydiving at Eston. For scuba divers, there is Blood Reef or the Aliwal Shoal which is a hotspot for marine life. Sodwana Bay and iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the dream location for snorkelers. Rocktail Bay and Cape Vidal is also perfect places to spot marine life. Those who wish to see sharks in the close vicinity should head to Protea Banks which is located close to the Shelly Beach. Hikers should try trekking at Drakensberg Mountains or the amazing Golden Gate Highlands. Try the challenging whitewater rafting at Tugela River and you will get the adventure of a lifetime.
Located in the center of the Garden Route, Knysna is one of the best places in South Africa and the prime location for adventure activities. Water sports are one of the main activities that can be indulged in Knysna. You can try wave jumping at the lagoons, paddle boarding, scuba diving, canoe trips, kite surfing, sailing and much more. There are also eco safaris which can help you explore marine life and also witness the spectacular sight of penguins, migrating whales, fur seals and more. Whale watching is amongst most popular adventure activities in Knysna. The town is also home to many forests, mountains, and even coastal regions which make it the perfect destination for biking enthusiasts.
4. Kruger National Park
What is a bigger adventure than walk in proximity some amazing wildlife? Home to many different species of wild animals and birds, you can spot as much wildlife as you wish, from the Lion King himself to giraffes. You get the rare sight of watching hundreds of animals, be it antelopes or hippos going about their daily life at the park. It is heard that you can actually hear the noise of a wild party going on with lions roaring and hyenas cackling. You can choose many activities at the park such as game drives, bush walking, foot safaris, wilderness and overland trails and so on.
The capital of Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn is a beautiful town and has a whole list of activities that adventure junkies will fall in love with. It was earlier famous as the Ostrich Capital of the world, there are still many Ostrich farms in the town which are open to tourists. If you are a small person, then you may even get lucky and get to ride on an Ostrich. Another attraction is the Cango Caves where you can go on a trail through tunnels and narrow passages which will require you to be on your knees or on your belly. Hot air ballooning in the Swartberg is another popular activity. You can also go mountain biking through the ranges.
Rohit is fond of adventure traveling and contributor at NextIsBest. He is a passionate traveler and absolutely loves the thrills that he experiences in each of his trips. Read his stories on Trans India travels to grab some inspiration for your next travel.