While South Africa is known for its majestic beauty, unforgettable safaris and inviting culture, active adventure enthusiasts will find that the destination also offers a myriad of outdoor activities to satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkie. From skydiving, walking safaris and quad biking to windsurfing, treetop ziplining and river rafting – there’s no shortage of heart-pounding moments to experience.
Shark Cave Diving
If you’re looking for the ultimate rush, try coming face-to-face with a great white shark! The Western Cape province is home to the three of most popular locations for great white cage diving: False Bay, about 30 minutes from Cape Town; Seal Island in Mossel Bay; and Shark Alley, the channel that runs between the Dyer Island seal colony and the mainland at Gansbaai. Watch sharks glide past your cage and bask in their size and strength. No scuba training is necessary and operators provide all the gear and guidance. All you need to bring are your nerves of steel.
Along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route lies Bloukrans Bridge in the Eastern Cape, where you will find the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world. Free fall 700ft in just over five seconds into the gorge below. Be sure to keep your eyes open so you can see the lush tree canopies and Bloukrans River. Don’t forget the helmet cam for this one!
Take the safari experience to new heights with an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride to spot wildlife and enjoy South Africa’s breathtaking landscape. In the Northwest Province you can experience an aerial safari in a hot air balloon over Pilanesberg National Park. Additional birds-eye views can be had near Johannesburg in the Magaliesberg and Crocodile River Valley. Escape the city before dawn, watch the sunrise and toast with a glass of sparkling wine to a new day of adventure and exploration.
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