Affordable Adventure in South Africa

South Africa is a paradise for those travellers with a thirst for adventure! There are plenty of outdoor activities in South Africa which will get the heart racing, but won’t break the bank. You can hike a mountain, surf a wave, dive with sharks, take on South African mountain bike trails or even jump off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at The Big Rush.

When visiting South Africa there is no excuse not to take a good long walk. No matter where you are staying there is ample opportunity to get out there and get moving. In Mpumalanga, some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (which offers lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several world class trails on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. If you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option – with a cable car offering amazing views of Cape Town you could always treat yourself on the way down! Another great hiking option is the Garden Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain ranges.

Mpumalanga Trail

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Surfing is an integral part of South African culture. From the colder Cape waters to the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean, young and old mingle at popular surf spots from early morning until sundown with a single goal – to pick the best wave of the day and ride it all the way to the beach. Big wave surfers should try their skills at extreme surf spots such as Kalk Bay Reef on False Bay and Dungeons in Hout Bay. Such sections of water should, however, only be attempted by those who know what they are doing.

For the beginners, South Africa offers a choice of surf schools that will have you out there in the breakers, learning to surf and making new friends in no time at all! If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing.


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The Big Rush Rope Swing asks adventurous travellers to take a leap of faith by stepping off the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Big Rush is listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! Those brave enough to take the leap will face a 60 metre free-fall at a speed of over 120kph. If you’re travelling with people who don’t share your taste for adventure, they can watch your jump from the comfort of the Base café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop – so don’t forget to smile for the cameras! The stadium jump will set you back $74 (AUD) and takes place daily from 9am – 5pm, weather permitting.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go shark cage diving on the Great White Trail. Great White sharks are seasonal animals so get yourself to the Cape in June, July or August where you’ll not only have an excellent chance of seeing them, but also to watch them breach and hunt. SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences. The White Shark adventures take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town and is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and as well as getting close and personal with these sharks in their natural habitat you’ll be able to witness the power of the Great White Sharks as they launch themselves out of the water to catch their prey safely from the SharkExplorers boat. Prices start from $158 (AUD).

Great White Shark Diving

In South Africa, mountain biking has become a tremendously popular sport, and there are new trails opening up all the time. There are some timeless classics though, in glorious surroundings. The Cederberg Mountains and the Drakensberg within sight of whales at De Hoop or in the forests of Knysna. Mountain biking in South Africa offers options for all skill and fitness levels. Some trails and tracks are as short as 10km, while others, like the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Bike Trail in Clanwilliam, can take you over 170 km of the most dramatic rocky terrain you could wish for!

These affordable adventure activities are bound to make your South African trip a memorable one.