Enough is enough! The cold has kept us cooped up indoors for far too long. It’s high time to break free and take on the great outdoors. Whether you're itching for land-based escapades, aquatic adventures, or soaring through the skies, South Africa's got a wild side that'll make your heart race faster than a cheetah chasing its lunch. Not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it - we've done the legwork and uncovered the most jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping activities imaginable across our spectacular country. Plus, we've found some awesome spots for you to crash after your thrill-packed days of exploration. So, buckle up – Nature is calling, and it's about to get wild!
Mossel Bay: Where Seaside Adventures Await
Located along the picturesque Garden Route, Mossel Bay is a coastal gem that effortlessly marries natural beauty with rich history. This charming town boasts a sun-kissed shoreline where playful dolphins frolic in the warm Indian Ocean waters. But don’t let this quaint seaside destination fool you. From ziplining over the ocean to cage-diving with sharks or even sandboarding on the dunes, Mossel Bay is full of daring adventures to get your pulse racing faster than a caffeine shot on a Monday morning.
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The Mossel Bay Zipline is the longest over-ocean zipline in the world.
At approximately 1,100 meters in length, the Mossel Bay Zipline is the place to spread your wings and soar over the ocean at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The unforgettable views of the rocky cliffs and turquoise ocean, not to mention the adrenaline rush, are sure to take your breath away. We hope you’re not afraid of heights, because this is something you definitely don’t want to miss! After flying over the salty sea, you might be tempted to jump in. We say, “GO FOR IT!”. But why not take it up a notch with the toothiest, most jaw-some experience of a lifetime? We’re talking about Shark Cage Diving where you get up close to the Great White Shark in its natural habitat. Watch these imposing creatures gracefully glide through the water right before your very own eyes.
If the prospect of venturing too close to those formidable teeth leaves you feeling apprehensive, why not return to the safety of land and indulge in the exhilarating pursuit of sandboarding? Prepare to embark on the most extensive and awe-inspiring sandboarding descent in South Africa on the Dragon Dune. Employ your remarkable skills to maintain an upright stance upon your board, ensuring you retain your equilibrium and avoid any unintended landings on your posterior. Alternatively, should you wish to embrace your inner penguin, you may opt for a thrilling belly slide. Whatever your skill level, you can shred it on the dunes!
Where to Stay: Perna Perna Mossel Bay
After a day filled with exciting adventures, finding a comfortable place to unwind is paramount. Nestled atop a rugged hillside overlooking the picturesque coastal village of Mossel Bay, Perna Perna Mossel Bay offers an ideal year-round vacation destination. Discover the upscale self-catering apartments with open-plan layouts and well-appointed kitchens, ensuring seamless and stress-free getaways. The resort also features an onsite playground and a sparkling swimming pool, while the pristine beaches beckon just a stone's throw away.
Hartbeespoort: A “Dam” Good Place for Adventure
Located in the cradle of the majestic Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort is a delightful escape that effortlessly combines natural beauty with recreational charm. This enchanting town is set on the banks of a vast dam, where you can enjoy a plethora of activities, from hot air ballooning and mountain biking to exhilarating water rides.
“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why not take to the skies with Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safari for an adventure like no other? Light as a cloud, float gently above the treetops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley. After safely landing, savour a delectable and generous champagne breakfast at the exquisite clubhouse, pavilion, and restaurant. This exceptional, unique experience with almost supernatural views of the world will forever remain a cherished memory.
If you're up for an exhilarating challenge and a chance to witness Nature's grandeur up close, Vergenoeg is the place to be. Lace up those hiking boots and embark on a journey that promises unforgettable memories and chance encounters with the majestic Cape Vulture. As you embark on your hike, you'll discover a world of wonders waiting to be explored. But the real jewel is the trail along the ridge at the summit. It's like having a vulture's-eye view of the entire valley sprawled out beneath you – a sight that's nothing short of awe-inspiring. Our well-marked trails promise an unforgettable adventure - but, be prepared; the full route demands a certain level of fitness. However, the reward is worth every step.
Situated within the fascinating Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park, the Harties Watersports Centre is your gateway to a world of thrilling water adventures. Hop onto a tube and hold tight as you zip over the splashing water with exhilarating twists and turns that’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear. But that's not all; there are also jet skis revved up and ready to go. Feel the wind in your hair and the rush of excitement as you zoom across the water, leaving a frothy trail in your wake. Ready to dive in and make some unforgettable memories?
Where to Stay: Magalies Park
Imagine a slice of paradise nestled in the heart of the North West province – that's Magalies Park for you, the ultimate holiday destination. Spread across 120 hectares of picturesque parklands, this place is a haven for those seeking the very best. When it comes to self-catering accommodation this incredible resort is in a league of its own with a treasure trove of accommodation options that cater to your every need. It's not just top-notch; it's the pinnacle of comfort and luxury. From a dining experience that tantalises your taste buds to entertainment that keeps you on your toes, this resort has it all. Plus, the added bonuses of privacy and convenience, coupled with easy access to all the incredible attractions in the area, make it an unbeatable choice. This serene retreat is also located alongside the gorgeous Magalies River, with the majestic Magaliesberg as your backdrop. If you're yearning for a family getaway surrounded by the tranquillity of nature, Magalies Park is your answer.
Midlands: Your Outdoor Adventure Wonderland
Absolutely splendid for nature lovers, the beguiling Midlands simply calls out to all you adventurous souls! With its picturesque rolling hills, winding rivers, and bounteous farmlands, this place is like a dreamy canvas just waiting for you to splash on your colourful outdoor adventures. Whether you fancy soaring through the treetops on a canopy tour, navigating the rivers with some thrilling rafting, or having a blast at the ultimate adventure playground, the Midlands is your perfect, nature-filled haven.
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Nestled in the stunning KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Karkloof Canopy Tour is your ticket to an adventure that's as thrilling as it is awe-inspiring. First, you’ll briefed on safety and kitted out, then it's time to hop on a 4x4 ride up to the summit above the valley – where the real magic begins. As you glide above the treetops, prepare to be utterly mesmerised by the forest's beauty. There's a majestic 20-meter waterfall that'll leave you breathless and sweeping views of the sprawling Karkloof valley down below. But it's not just about the scenery; our guides are a treasure trove of knowledge about the forest's ecology, the colourful birdlife, and the lively Samango monkeys that call this place home. Wondering if you can participate in this adventure? Absolutely! Whether you're 6 or 80 years old, this thrilling tour is designed for everyone to enjoy. With a total of 12 platforms and 10 ziplines, including an exhilarating 200-meter slide, this adventure lasts for about two hours. And don't worry, there are refreshing pit stops along the way to keep you energised.
Get ready for an absolute blast when white water rafting with Four Rivers Rafting Adventures! It's not just an adventure; it's the highlight of your holiday, guaranteed to make your heart race. There are some seriously exciting grade 3 to 5 rapids that'll give you an adrenaline rush like no other. And guess what? They’ve got some of the best rivers in the game, including the famous Tugela River, to make your experience unforgettable. But don't worry, your safety is their number one priority. A team of expert guides will kick things off with a thorough safety briefing to put your mind at ease. You even get a chance to ease into the action with 45 minutes of smaller rapids, so you can get comfy with the boats and the water before you tackle the big ones. They also have all the safety gear covered – helmets, life jackets, you name it! All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a big splash of enthusiasm!
Checkpoint 103 is every adventure seeker’s dream! Feel the need for speed? Hop into the karts for an epic race. Bounce, roll, and laugh your head off in a hilarious game of bubble soccer. Unleash your inner warrior in thrilling paintball battles. Test your agility and conquer the challenging obstacle course. Take aim and show off your sharpshooting skills. Grab your bike and hit the awesome outdoor track. Scale new heights on the climbing wall. Rain or shine, the indoor play area is perfect for some family-friendly fun. And when it's time to refuel and recharge, swing by the fabulous Fuel Cafe. They’ve got snacks, hearty lunches, mouthwatering milkshakes, and the best cappuccinos in town. So, round up your friends and family to make some incredible memories together at the ultimate playground.
Where to Stay: Midlands Saddle & Trout
When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay in the Midlands, you're in for a treat at Midlands Saddle & Trout. The charming rustic country vibe is perfect for savvy travellers and holidaymakers who want top-notch accommodation without breaking the bank. Located near Mooi River, this magnificent resort is your go-to spot for self-catering getaways that tick all the boxes. Think cosy comfort, delectable cuisine, a soothing wellness centre, and of course, that famously warm and welcoming Midlands hospitality. You'll feel right at home! Whether you're up set for relaxation or up for adventure, this gorgeous resort has you covered. So, pack your bags and head on over for an unforgettable countryside escape.
Durban: Where Beachy Adventures Begin
Ah, Durban, the jewel of South Africa's sunny east coast with its vibrant city and delightful subtropical climate. Now, let's talk about the beach. Durban's got the famous Golden Mile, a stretch of sandy paradise with the Indian Ocean's warm waters just a stone's throw away, it's a beach lover's dream come true. But wait, there's more! Durban is also a playground for thrill-seekers. Fancy gliding along the beachfront on a segway, taking in the picturesque views and discovering hidden gems of the city? How about a bit of underwater exploration in an aquarium? Perhaps an exhilarating ride along the beach on a majestic horse? Well, you’re in for a treat because Durban has it all.
Have you ever thought about exploring the vibrant city of Durban in a unique and thrilling way? Dive into a whirlwind of fun with Segway Gliding Tours! Not only will you capture panoramic ocean views and cityscapes, but you'll also glide through Durban's rich history and vibrant culture. Perfect for thrill-seekers and curious cats alike, this tour transforms the everyday into an unforgettable adventure. Want to level up your Durban experience with a dash of fun? Then, get ready to roll!
If you’re an ocean enthusiast, then put uShaka Marine World at the top of your to-do list. This aquatic wonderland has an array of magical encounters and experiences just waiting to be explored! Imagine strolling on the ocean floor, surrounded by the magical underwater world. Well, you can, with the Ocean Walker experience! Get up close and personal when feeding Spotted Eagle Rays. While you’re spending time with your new underwater companions, remember to also take in the dazzling coral reefs and the symphony of gleaming fish around you. These memory-making experiences will leave you in awe!
Saddle up and get ready for an unforgettable beachside adventure with Gary’s Beach Rides. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first timer, there's no better way to embrace the beauty of the coastline than from the back of a friendly steed. Beautiful Warner Beach, just a stone's throw away from Durban, is a little stretch of paradise that boasts some of the widest and longest beaches you'll find in KZN. Now, here's the million-dollar question: What's the best way to soak up this stunning scenery? Well, it's on the back of a trusty horse, of course!
Where to Stay: The Palace All-Suite
After all the excitement of your adventures, it's time to kick back and relax, right? Well, we've got just the spot for you – The Palace All-Suite, and it's not just any place; it's a slice of heaven right on Durban's Golden Mile. These self-catering apartments and suites aren't just any old rooms; they're the bee's knees! They're super popular with holidaymakers and travellers like you who appreciate top-notch accommodation. Plus, we're just a stone's throw away from the Suncoast Casino, so you're in the heart of the action. You’ll also have full access to a luxurious pool with a seriously stunning entertainment area. Fancy a bit of pampering? We've got an onsite spa that'll have you feeling like royalty. If your tummy starts rumbling, you'll be spoiled for choice with two fabulous onsite restaurants. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or a small family adventure, we've got you covered. And the best part? The beachfront is practically on your doorstep! Can you say, "beach day, every day"?
Cape Town: Answer the Cape’s Call to Adventure
Cape Town isn't just a place; it's an experience that combines Nature's wonders, a rich historical tapestry, and a buzzing modern vibe. Adrenaline junkies get ready to dive into your next coastal adventure. Ever tried tobogganing? It's an absolute blast! And don't get us started on snorkelling – the underwater world here is like something out of a National Geographic documentary. If you're more of a pedal-pushing explorer, we've got you covered too. Jump on a bicycle and join one of our thrilling tours to explore this vibrant city up close and personal.
“If we were meant to stay one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
Get ready for the ride of your life at Cool Runnings – the coolest downhill tobogganing track in all of Africa, right here in beautiful Cape Town! Picture this: You're perched at the summit, about to hurtle down a 1,25 km track filled with twists, turns, and all sorts of jaw-dropping excitement. Here, there’s none of that uphill climb nonsense. You’ll be whisked to the summit with a nifty cable ride, so you can save all your energy for the thrilling descent. As you zoom down, you'll conquer 17 corners, S-bends, and even dash through a tunnel. And the best part? The views! You'll be treated to panoramic vistas of Cape Town that'll take your breath away. So, gear up for an adrenaline-pumping day filled with stunning scenery and loads of fun.
If you're looking for the ultimate eco-friendly wildlife adventure, look no further than Seal Snorkelling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay. This isn’t just any snorkelling experience; you get to be up close and personal with the playful seals! And guess what? They’re not just about the fun (although there's plenty of that!). They’re also all about conservation and research too. So, when you choose to snorkel here, you're not just having an awesome experience; you're also contributing to the protection of these incredible creatures. If you're all about getting salty and immersing yourself in the natural world, this is hands down the best thing to do in Cape Town.
Cape Town has a rich history and vibrant culture that’s waiting to be explored with AWOL Tours. Not just any old tour - it's an indescribable journey through Cape Town's past and present! You kick off at the lively Waterfront, and from there, you'll pedal your way through the bustling inner city. You’ll be visiting some seriously iconic spots. First up, the historic city centre – it's like taking a step back in time. Then, venture into the colourful Bo-Kaap, and trust us, there's no better way to experience this place than by indulging in some mouthwatering Cape Malay cuisine. But the adventure doesn't stop there. Cruise your way to Green Point, catching glimpses of modern marvels like the Green Point Stadium and Eco-Park along the way. And for those who are history buffs, you can even swing by the Castle of Good Hope. So, if you're ready to roll along Adderley Street, explore the Company Gardens, or pedal through St. George's Mall, hop on a bike and let’s ride!
Where to Stay: Riviera Suites
Looking for top-notch, affordable self-catering accommodation in Cape Town? Well, look no further than the fantastic holiday apartments at Riviera Suites in Sea Point. We get it; quality matters, and that's exactly what this resort is all about. Whether you're a discerning traveller or a holidaymaker on a budget, they've got the perfect spot for you. Let's talk location – and boy, do they have a winning one! Riviera Suites is located right on Sea Point's famous Millionaire's Mile. That means you're surrounded by the very best Cape Town has to offer – think vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, mouthwatering restaurants, and fantastic sporting facilities. The fun is right on your doorstep! The icing on the cake? The uninterrupted sea views and breathtaking mountain vistas. Your amazing holiday starts right here!
“Nature proves the ending is just as beautiful as the beginning.” – Unknown
Well, there you have it, folks! South Africa is an adventure playground just waiting for you to dive in and have a blast. So, what are you waiting for? Nature is calling, and it's time to answer with an adrenaline-packed adventure. Whether you fancy the coastal charm of Mossel Bay, the serene beauty of Hartbeespoort, the country vibes of the Midlands, the vibrant city of Durbs, or the iconic allure of Cape Town, one thing's for sure – you're in for an adventure you'll remember forever! Get ready to lace up your hiking boots, hop on a bike, or dive into the ocean – the great outdoors is your playground.
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