Adventure Holidays in South Africa

With over 3,000 kilometres of coastline, majestic mountain ranges, a predominance of rivers and lagoons and a climate that suits the outdoors, South Africa is a premier adventure activity destination.

Reputable South African travel specialists have dedicated tours that allow visitors to experience the inordinately rich choice available to adrenalin junkies.

An African adventure vacation does not have to be confined to an African safari, it can embrace all sorts of challenging activities like abseiling, kloofing, hiking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as the ultimate ‘Big Five’ South African safari.

Even in the bush, tourists need not be limited to traditional 4x4 game viewing as horseback and elephant back safaris have become the latest trend and offer sublime game viewing opportunities as these animals do not scare the game away.

World class rock climbing

South Africa’s rock climbing is deemed the best in the world and when you consider the choices available it is no wonder professional climbers come from all over the globe to try their hand at the local ascents.

The Cedarberg, Hex River Mountains, the Table Mountain Range and the Helderberg are all easily accessed from Cape Town and boast some of the most challenging and scenic climbs in the world. The Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal is another area preferred by local and international climbers and hikers and is a quick trip from the city of Durban.

Outstanding mountain trails

There are literally 1,000’s of kilometres of outstanding mountain trails to conquer, but some of the highlights include the 5-day Otter Trail on the Tsitsikamma Coast, the Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve near Swellendam and the Amatola Hiking Trail that ends in Hoggsback in the Eastern Cape.

Challenging day hikes on the Table Mountain chain that forms the backdrop to the city of Cape Town are plentiful, but it is strongly advised to take a guide if you are not familiar with the often perilous terrain.

Powerful white water challenges

South Africa boasts a number of powerful rivers that make ideal white water challenges. The Orange River, which forms the northern border with Namibia, is arguably the most popular. It runs through one of the most arid yet stunningly beautiful deserts known as the Richtersveld, and the area just below the Augrabes Falls is known to be particularly rough.

Shipwrecks and sharks

The KwaZulu Natal coast provides great diving opportunities, with the Aliwal Shoal the jewel in its crown. Situated about 5 kilometres off the coast at Umkomaas, the reef has a stunning and colourful array of sea life as well as a couple of shipwrecks. The Shoal is also the preferred breeding ground of the ragged tooth shark between August and November, a time when local divers flock to the seas to witness this unique annual event.

Whether you are intent on discovering the riches of South Africa on a self drive safari or in a group, add a little extra to your dream vacation and opt for an adventure activity day tour - you won’t be disappointed.

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