Adventures in South Africa

Oma H. Barnett

South Africa is an ideal destination for adventurous travellers. The country offers fine weather and exquisite landscapes, which is ideal for various activities. The country boasts of its popular attractions such as magnificent beaches, spectacular mountains, and vast game reserves, which presents limitless options for tourists.

If you are searching for an exciting holiday and an unforgettable experience, you can consider the following choices:

• Shark Cage Diving

Witness the underwater world of the great white shark while you are in a cage. The perfect time to go on a shark cage diving is anytime between the months of April to October. Cape Town has numerous diving operators to provide you the thrilling experience. You can engage in the sport in locations such as Dyer Island, Gansbaai, Hout Bay, KleinBaai, Mossel Bay, Seal Island and Simon’s Town. You do not need diving skills because you are inside a durable cage during the entire viewing time.

• Soweto Bungee Jumping

You will experience a fusion of adventure and tourism when you jump off tall structures, apparently to your certain doom, only to be saved at the nick of time by a flexible bungee cord. The exciting activity commences with a top view of the township and followed by the bungee jump, base jump and tower swings from the top of a 100-meter Orlando Towers.

• Tree Top Canopy Tours

If you like to go on a hike, you will surely enjoy this canopy tour, which is an innovative version of swinging with vines. You will admire the breathtaking view of the forest as you travel along the steel cables. Moreover, you can increase the speed for the adrenaline rush or decrease the speed for the viewing experience. Biologists developed the concept of this canopy ride to study the trees and plants.

The tree top canopy tour allows you to see the birds, cliffs, flowers, and rock formations. Venues of the tour include Tsitsikamma Forest on Garden Route, Karkloof Forest near KwaZulu Natal, Magaliesberg Mountains near Johannesburg, and Dragon Mountain in Drakensberg.

• Skydiving

Tandem free fall jumping accompanied by professional skydivers is ideal for first timers. The Parachute Association of South Africa regulates the sport in the country. You can join a course in Accelerated Free Fall to learn the parachuting skill while you are on the ground.

• Hot-Air Ballooning

Hot-Air Balloon ride is fun and safe. Civil Aviation Authority controls the hot-air ballooning activity by requiring insurance, pilot’s license, operating certificate, and operator registration. In general, air balloon ride starts before sunrise. You will receive coffee/tea and biscuits/muffins as you watch and wait for the staff to inflate the balloon.

• Ostrich Riding

You can go for a wild ride on an adult ostrich in Oudtshoorn, where the Safari Ostrich Park is located. Ostrich farmers created and managed the ostrich park. There are about 150 ostrich wandering in their natural environment.

• Elephant Back Riding

Elephant Back Safaris are gaining popularity because it gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to marvel at the splendid sights. You will ride the back of an elephant with a qualified elephant handler. The duration of the ride is about one hour and thirty minutes.

• Dune Boarding

If you would like to spend an exciting vacation, you should not miss dune boarding or sand boarding. You can slide down sand dunes with your sand boards. There are available tour providers in the country, which arrange combined activities such as dune boarding parties, sand boarding, and surfing. The location for the sand boarding accommodates both the beginners and skilled sand boarders.

• Caving

Tourists are drawn into the unique experience of caving. You will discover several caves ranging from small to huge underground passageways. Cango Caves is one of the well-known caves in the country. You can avail a guided cave tour, which will take about two hours to complete.

South African adventure is a great activity for people who love the outdoors. There are other activities for the adrenaline rush, which you can try while visiting this fascinating country such as cycling, golfing, hiking, scuba diving, skydiving, surfing, and water rafting.

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