8 of SA's best adventure activities

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South Africa is an adrenalin adventurer's playground. Beautiful scenery comes standard with mind-blowing adventure activities.

So if you’re one of those energizer bunnies who simply has to be out and about when on holiday, we’ve got a little round-up list to try in each of the major cities as well as the Garden Route.

Do you have any to add? Tell us in the comment section below and send us pics to pics@news24travel.com  

Cape Town

Caving, various locations

Explore the mysterious caves and caverns of the Western Cape with the Cape Peninsula Speleological Society. They hold regular cave exploration meets on the first Sunday of each month and occasionally over weekends, exploring existing caves, searching for undiscovered ones and learning new techniques.  

Caving is open to any reasonably fit person who does not mind getting dirty – and sometimes wet and muddy – but is looking for a different challenge in an environment not known to many people. It is, however, not recommended to anyone who suffers from claustrophobia.  

For more information check out the CPSS website

Bicycle Tours with AWOL, various locations

If you enjoy cycling, but don’t have enough space to bring your bike on holiday, this is the perfect solution. AWOL tours specializes in bicycle tours in and around Cape Town – covering everything from the city centre, surrounding townships and also the winelands.  

They cater for individuals, families and small groups wanting personalised tour itineraries, but also arrange larger group tours for organizations such as schools, universities and companies.  

Check out the AWOL website for more details


Located about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Durban, Oribi Gorge is a great spot for a day outing. While there’s lots to do in the way of hiking, picnicking and enjoying nature, the real drawcard is the selection of extreme activities hosted by Wild 5 Adventures. There’s a zipline, a waterfall swing, abseiling, white water rafting and paintball.

They are open every day from 08:30 to 16:30, check out the Oribi Gorge website for more details

Learn to surf, Addington Beach

Protected from big ocean swells and choppy waters, Durban’s Addington beach, just north of uShaka Marine World, is the perfect spot to learn the ropes of surfing.  Apart from one-on-one surfing lessons, LEARN 2 SURF also offers kids birthday parties and team building events.

They set up Gazebos on the beach with loungers and beach chairs where you can either choose to relax or take part in surfing lessons, beach volley ball and beach soccer/football.

Check out the LEARN 2 SURF website for more details.


Offroad Karting, Randburg

Have a penchant for speed? Enjoy getting down and dirty? Then offroad go-karting is an absolute must for you.  Xtracks in Randburg offers a 300 metre offroad dirt track.

Races are timed and lap times recorded. Standard races all include a test lap with a further 7 or 14 laps thereafter. Alternatively you put your own race spec together.

Check out the Xtracks website for more details    

Orlando Tower Bungee, Soweto

This is an oldie but a goodie. Leaping off one of Johannesburg’s most famous landmarks takes place from a suspension bridge spun between the two bright and colourful cooling towers 100m above ground level. Apart from the bungee jump, you can also opt to abseil, SCAD (suspended catch air device), or do the power swing.  

Check out the Orlando Towers website for more details  

Garden Route

Kloofing, Knysna

The Garden Route is awash with incredible natural beauty and all sorts of adventures to be had. Kloofing gives visitors the opportunity to explore the lush, forests and rich, brown mountain streams.  

GoVertical adventures offer an array of kloofing experiences, where you typically take a short, sunny hike above the forest canopy before a sharp descent into the gorge. From here you’ll be wading through fresh mountain pools, clambering over massive boulders, splashing through the river and hiking in the forest.

Check out the GoVertical website for more details.

Whiskey trail, Keurbooms

One of the best ways to experience the wild tranquility of the Garden Route is to undertake the multi-day Keurbooms canoe trail. It offers secluded overnight accommodation 7km upstream in a log cabin. Read Scott Ramsay’s Whiskey Trail piece  to find out more about the amazing experience and check out Cape Nature’s website for more details. 
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