Best Adventure Activities in South Africa

Best Adventure Activities in South Africa

South Africa is such an incredible country and offers something to everyone, especially thrill seekers.

From going diving with great white sharks to jumping off 216 meter high bridges, be sure to add some of these adrenalin-pumping spots around the country.


1. Bunjee Jumping

Bunjee jumping is a popular sport for adrenaline junkies, and South Africa has lots of places where you can try it. This isn't for the feint hearted but, if you really do want to challenge yourself and face your fears, this is something particularly adventurous and ticks those boxes.

There are many places you can go where you can partake safely, such as Bloukrans Bridge Bungy which is one of the world's highest commercial bridges at 216 metres above the Bloukrans River. It is situated at Bloukrans Bridge on the N2 Highway at the border between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape in the Tsitsikamma area of South Africa's Garden Route. 


2. Trekking

So, for some of you reading this, trekking might not sound like the most adventurous of activities. However, it can be much more challenging than people expect. Trekking in places like Hiking in the Drakensberg mountains can be the journey of a lifetime. There are many organized tours that you can choose to partake in which incorporate other activities along the way.

This hiking destination is one of the most popular in the country, however, there are numerous other options to explore fully prior to making a final decision. Alternatively, you may decide on a different location entirely. You could book a walking safari which can be a thrilling experience. Many people also combine trekking with raising money for a worthy cause, something to consider.


3. Safari

Ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with a whole host of wildlife? A safari could be one of the perfect choices for you on your trip. South Africa is a popular location for this due to having some of the best National Parks in the world including the Kruger. Many people opt to go on organized tours which are a safe way to see exotic wildlife like tigers, lions and elephants.

However, there is also the option of hiring a vehicle and creating your own route. Whichever one you choose, be sure to go fully prepared, with items such as a first aid kit, sun cream, insect repellent and even a jeep winch, just in case! Oh, and don’t forget your camera either as there will be a plethora of photo opportunities along the way.


4. Diving

South Africa has some of the best diving sites in the world, and also the chance to get close to incredible marine life like fearsome great white sharks. Top places to go diving include Sodwana Bay in Kwazulu-Natal, Shark Alley in Kwazulu-Natal, Avalanche Reef close to Port Elizabeth, Simonstown in the Western Cape and Storms River Mouth on the Garden Route.

You can even undertake this activity and combine it with marine conservation work helping wildlife and nature. Lots of volunteering programs in South Africa offer combo experiences like diving and making a difference. You can learn about the culture and traditions of the place you are visiting alongside supporting the protection of ocean life. South Africa's coral reefs and the ocean ecosystems need all the help they can get.

So, you could gain valuable diving experience while helping in such a significant way. And if that doesn’t sound like an adventure, what will? 


5. Skiing and Snowboarding

Whether you have ever been skiing or snowboarding before, it is something that you can enjoy while in South Africa and something most people don't even know you can do.

There aren't many locations to choose from, and of course,this does depend on the time of year. Tiffindell resort, which was voted the 19th best ski location in the world by CNN in 2014, is our top rated destination. Here, you could spend time perfecting or learning how to ski and snowboard. Alternatively, for the more experienced, you may even wish to become a qualified instructor. 

As we all know, partaking in these winter sports does come at a significant cost, so working in a ski resort could be the perfect solution for you. 


Other Activities

  • Skydiving (multiple locations)
  • Abseil down table mountain
  • Canopying in the Magalies
  • Water rafting on the Crocodile River
  • Hike the otter trail
  • Kayak with hippos & crocodiles in kwazulu-natal
  • Tubing in Magoebaskloof
  • Mountain biking in Sani Pass
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg
  • Zip-lining over the koekedouw river in ceres
  • Sandboarding on the West Coast
  • Horse-riding in the Magaliesberg mountains
  • Motorbiking in baviaanskloof
  • Gyro-flying in Limpopo
  • Surfing at Jeffreys Bay
  • Explore the cango caves


Whatever you choose to do and wherever you decide to go, there are many considerations before you set off. Be sure that you have a plan your trip and itinerary well in advance so you can include as many of the adventure activities as possible,

Have you ever been to South Africa? Do you have any recommendations to share? Let us know in the comments section below.