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Sports crazy South Africa

South Africa is totally mad for sports. It’s an arena where all people come together to support their teams with virtually religious fervour.

Sports allows for tempers, tears, celebration and ceremony. Most of all, in South Africa, it involves a lot of noise. Whether you’re playing it or watching it, it binds the nation in euphoric cacophony. Bring on the vuvuzelas. Bring on the dustbin lids. Bring on the passionate screams from the crowds. Adrenaline and passion literally go into overdrive when a game is on.

And there are so many different sports to follow that you’d be hard-pressed not to get sucked into following at least one of them.

Rugby is, of course, probably what the country is best known for and, if you’re already a fan, you’ll know the level of rivalry between the Springboks (South Africa), the Wallabies (Australia) and the All Blacks (New Zealand). It seriously reaches a whole other level if you’re on home turf in South Africa though, and is something you definitely shouldn’t miss. Add it to your itinerary!

Wallabies vs Springboks lineout. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

Wallabies vs Springboks lineout. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

We can’t forget cricket and the tense matches between the local Proteas and the British or Indian teams though. Or soccer, for that matter. Especially since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when South Africa built its first (and subsequent) stadium devoted to football. It well and truly put the country on the world map as a world-class sporting venue with a world-class ‘welcome’ to match, Hundreds of thousands of global visitors experienced the colour of the land and the spirit of its people during the Cup, and the locals carried the competition ‘high’ with them months, if not years, afterwards. The name Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national squad, continues to ring loud and proud to this day, and remnants of the Fan Walk can still be seen in Cape Town.

FIFA World Cup fever. Fans watching a match armed with their vuvuzelas. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

FIFA World Cup fever. Fans watching a match armed with their vuvuzelas. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

And then there’s South Africa’s love of long distance. Athletics and endurance seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to South African competition. Ultramarathons are well-entrenched in both South Africa’s blood and psyche. Both the gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon (raced between Durban and Pietermaritzburg) and the slightly less grueling 56km Two Oceans Marathon that winds its way around the Cape mountains, draw competitors the world over, with some returning year-on-year. To witness their stamina on the road, and get a grasp on how long and diverse the courses really are, is something best done first-hand.

Entrants stride out in the 90km Comrades Marathon. Photo credit: www.thenorthface.com

Entrants stride out in the 90km Comrades Marathon. Photo credit: www.thenorthface.com

There are tons of other sports that locals are fanatical about too: golf, horseracing, boxing, swimming, motorsports, tennis, cycling, surfing… take your pick.

But, if you prefer sport that pushes your personal limits in an extreme way, South Africa has one of the widest ranges of adventure sports you can hope to do anywhere in the world. From aerial sports like skydiving, hanggliding, paragliding, parasailing, microlighting, flying fox and bungy, to water sports like white water rafting, wakeboarding and cage diving with Great Whites or crocodiles. From land-based sports like hiking, abseiling, caving and quad biking. The list goes on.

Paragliding with Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background. Photo credit: www.flickr.com

Paragliding with Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background. Photo credit: www.flickr.com

Don’t wait for some big sporting event to visit South Africa though – if sports is your thing, anytime is a good time to back a team. In this country, you will always find an exciting match on the go.

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Sports crazy South Africa

South Africa is totally mad for sports. It’s an arena where all people come together to support their teams with virtually religious fervour.

Sports allows for tempers, tears, celebration and ceremony. Most of all, in South Africa, it involves a lot of noise. Whether you’re playing it or watching it, it binds the nation in euphoric cacophony. Bring on the vuvuzelas. Bring on the dustbin lids. Bring on the passionate screams from the crowds. Adrenaline and passion literally go into overdrive when a game is on.

And there are so many different sports to follow that you’d be hard-pressed not to get sucked into following at least one of them.

Rugby is, of course, probably what the country is best known for and, if you’re already a fan, you’ll know the level of rivalry between the Springboks (South Africa), the Wallabies (Australia) and the All Blacks (New Zealand). It seriously reaches a whole other level if you’re on home turf in South Africa though, and is something you definitely shouldn’t miss. Add it to your itinerary!

Wallabies vs Springboks lineout. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

Wallabies vs Springboks lineout. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

We can’t forget cricket and the tense matches between the local Proteas and the British or Indian teams though. Or soccer, for that matter. Especially since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when South Africa built its first (and subsequent) stadium devoted to football. It well and truly put the country on the world map as a world-class sporting venue with a world-class ‘welcome’ to match, Hundreds of thousands of global visitors experienced the colour of the land and the spirit of its people during the Cup, and the locals carried the competition ‘high’ with them months, if not years, afterwards. The name Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national squad, continues to ring loud and proud to this day, and remnants of the Fan Walk can still be seen in Cape Town.

FIFA World Cup fever. Fans watching a match armed with their vuvuzelas. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

FIFA World Cup fever. Fans watching a match armed with their vuvuzelas. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

And then there’s South Africa’s love of long distance. Athletics and endurance seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to South African competition. Ultramarathons are well-entrenched in both South Africa’s blood and psyche. Both the gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon (raced between Durban and Pietermaritzburg) and the slightly less grueling 56km Two Oceans Marathon that winds its way around the Cape mountains, draw competitors the world over, with some returning year-on-year. To witness their stamina on the road, and get a grasp on how long and diverse the courses really are, is something best done first-hand.

Entrants stride out in the 90km Comrades Marathon. Photo credit: www.thenorthface.com

Entrants stride out in the 90km Comrades Marathon. Photo credit: www.thenorthface.com

There are tons of other sports that locals are fanatical about too: golf, horseracing, boxing, swimming, motorsports, tennis, cycling, surfing… take your pick.

But, if you prefer sport that pushes your personal limits in an extreme way, South Africa has one of the widest ranges of adventure sports you can hope to do anywhere in the world. From aerial sports like skydiving, hanggliding, paragliding, parasailing, microlighting, flying fox and bungy, to water sports like white water rafting, wakeboarding and cage diving with Great Whites or crocodiles. From land-based sports like hiking, abseiling, caving and quad biking. The list goes on.

Paragliding with Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background. Photo credit: www.flickr.com

Paragliding with Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background. Photo credit: www.flickr.com

Don’t wait for some big sporting event to visit South Africa though – if sports is your thing, anytime is a good time to back a team. In this country, you will always find an exciting match on the go.

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Photo credit: www.wikipedia.org

For more travel inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

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

Image source: SA-Venues

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.

south-africa-surfing

Image source: TNT Magazine

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.

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

Image source: SA-Venues

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.

south-africa-surfing

Image source: TNT Magazine

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.

Romantic South Africa

Whether you and your significant other enjoy sipping wine together at sunset or adventure activities, we’ve compiled a list of romantic experiences to suit all couples.

Hot air ballooning through the Pilanesberg National Park, is the most scenic and relaxing method of experiencing the game reserve which is home to the Big Five.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris is the only Hot Air Balloon Company which launches from within a national park, offering a truly unique experience. Tours depart early morning and offer a 4-5 hour experience including hotel pick-up, 45-minute ride, a sparkling wine celebration on landing and full English breakfast.

The Bachelor Australia embarked on this breathtaking journey over the National Park, drifting over the lush terrain with one lucky lady during his time in South Africa.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safari’s

Image source: Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris

A helicopter trip with your partner in South Africa is guaranteed to be a spectacular experience, the only difficulty is choosing a region! The Bachelor Australia treated one lucky lady to this 5-star experience at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town which offers a luxurious package including private helicopter ride, lunch and wine tasting at an award winning restaurant.

Helicopter Ride - 12 Apostles

Image source: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

If you and your partner are into adventure activities, South Africa is one the few countries in the world which allow cage-free diving tours with Tiger sharks in Protea Banks. Participants will need to have completed a diving course before the dive. This is a unique experience, which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences as seen on The Bachelor Australia. The White Shark adventures which take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and you’ll be able to experience the strength of the Great White Sharks launching out of the water to catch its seal prey safely from the boat.

Tiger Shark Diving

Cape Winelands which are located in the Western Cape gives you and your partner the opportunity to sit back and relax with a wine in hand and watch the sun set in this picturesque region of South Africa.

Whether you’re in a couple or travelling with friends and family, the Cape has 18 official wine routes and 2 brandy routes which offer the 3 S’s; Scenery, Serenity and Splendid wines.

Wine tasting, wine making tours, excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively create an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Cape Winelands

This region was featured on The Bachelor Australia when Blake romanced one of the final three lucky ladies taking her to the stunning Delaire Graff Estate.

If you’re overcome with the beauty of the Cape and find yourself on one knee proposing to the love of your life, you’ll be glad to know the Cape is a popular location to celebrate your nuptials. Cape Winelands offer breathtaking backdrops, world class food & wine, accommodation, all in a romantic and historical setting.

After a big day of activities, whether it be hot air ballooning, diving with sharks or enjoying a glass of red while the sun sets over the Cape Winelands, there are plenty of luxurious hotels for you to lay your head down…in style!

Pilanesberg National Park is a fascinating location, born out of a crater of a long extinct volcano. The Ivory Tree Game Lodge as featured on The Bachelor Australia is located in the heart of Pilanesberg and offers excellent service, range of amenities and stylish interiors for a night of rest and relaxation. The lodge has a range of activities for you to take advantage of during the day including archery, quad biking and of course, safari.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Image source: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a unique Garden Route boutique resort which can be found in the treetops, as the name suggests. This five-star luxury resort offers unique lodges in the remote wilderness, wrap around decking and private infinity pools which offer birds eye views of the forest.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Image source: Tsala Treetop Lodge

If you’re looking for a luxury safari lodge, Singita Ebony located in the Kruger National Park has incredible views of the river where wildlife bathe and drink with all the features of a five star lodge. Each room at Singita Ebony has a private pool, open fireplace, indoor/outdoor shower and game-viewing deck.

Singita Ebony

Image source: Singita Ebony

Follow the links below to book your romantic experience in South Africa.

Hot Air Ballooning

Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
Tel: +27 14 552 5020
Email: suncity@mankwegametrackers.co.za

Helicopter Ride

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 437 9000
Email: horst@12apostles.co.za

Shark Diving

SHARKEXPLORERS
Telephone: +27 82 564 1904
Email: info@sharkexplorers.com

African Dive Adventures (include Tiger Shark Diving adventures)
Tel: +27 (0)39 317 1483
Email: afridive@venturenet.co.za

 Accommodation

Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Tel: +27 11 781 1661
Email: res3@anthology.co.za

The Tsala Treetop Lodge
T : +27 (0) 44 501 1111
F : +27 (0) 44 501 1100
res@hunterhotels.com
www.hunterhotels.com

Singita Ebony
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
Fax: +27 (0)21 671 6776
Email: enquiries@singita.com
http://singita.com/

Romantic South Africa

Whether you and your significant other enjoy sipping wine together at sunset or adventure activities, we’ve compiled a list of romantic experiences to suit all couples.

Hot air ballooning through the Pilanesberg National Park, is the most scenic and relaxing method of experiencing the game reserve which is home to the Big Five.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris is the only Hot Air Balloon Company which launches from within a national park, offering a truly unique experience. Tours depart early morning and offer a 4-5 hour experience including hotel pick-up, 45-minute ride, a sparkling wine celebration on landing and full English breakfast.

The Bachelor Australia embarked on this breathtaking journey over the National Park, drifting over the lush terrain with one lucky lady during his time in South Africa.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safari’s

Image source: Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris

A helicopter trip with your partner in South Africa is guaranteed to be a spectacular experience, the only difficulty is choosing a region! The Bachelor Australia treated one lucky lady to this 5-star experience at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town which offers a luxurious package including private helicopter ride, lunch and wine tasting at an award winning restaurant.

Helicopter Ride - 12 Apostles

Image source: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

If you and your partner are into adventure activities, South Africa is one the few countries in the world which allow cage-free diving tours with Tiger sharks in Protea Banks. Participants will need to have completed a diving course before the dive. This is a unique experience, which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences as seen on The Bachelor Australia. The White Shark adventures which take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and you’ll be able to experience the strength of the Great White Sharks launching out of the water to catch its seal prey safely from the boat.

Tiger Shark Diving

Cape Winelands which are located in the Western Cape gives you and your partner the opportunity to sit back and relax with a wine in hand and watch the sun set in this picturesque region of South Africa.

Whether you’re in a couple or travelling with friends and family, the Cape has 18 official wine routes and 2 brandy routes which offer the 3 S’s; Scenery, Serenity and Splendid wines.

Wine tasting, wine making tours, excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively create an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Cape Winelands

This region was featured on The Bachelor Australia when Blake romanced one of the final three lucky ladies taking her to the stunning Delaire Graff Estate.

If you’re overcome with the beauty of the Cape and find yourself on one knee proposing to the love of your life, you’ll be glad to know the Cape is a popular location to celebrate your nuptials. Cape Winelands offer breathtaking backdrops, world class food & wine, accommodation, all in a romantic and historical setting.

After a big day of activities, whether it be hot air ballooning, diving with sharks or enjoying a glass of red while the sun sets over the Cape Winelands, there are plenty of luxurious hotels for you to lay your head down…in style!

Pilanesberg National Park is a fascinating location, born out of a crater of a long extinct volcano. The Ivory Tree Game Lodge as featured on The Bachelor Australia is located in the heart of Pilanesberg and offers excellent service, range of amenities and stylish interiors for a night of rest and relaxation. The lodge has a range of activities for you to take advantage of during the day including archery, quad biking and of course, safari.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Image source: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a unique Garden Route boutique resort which can be found in the treetops, as the name suggests. This five-star luxury resort offers unique lodges in the remote wilderness, wrap around decking and private infinity pools which offer birds eye views of the forest.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Image source: Tsala Treetop Lodge

If you’re looking for a luxury safari lodge, Singita Ebony located in the Kruger National Park has incredible views of the river where wildlife bathe and drink with all the features of a five star lodge. Each room at Singita Ebony has a private pool, open fireplace, indoor/outdoor shower and game-viewing deck.

Singita Ebony

Image source: Singita Ebony

Follow the links below to book your romantic experience in South Africa.

Hot Air Ballooning

Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
Tel: +27 14 552 5020
Email: suncity@mankwegametrackers.co.za

Helicopter Ride

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 437 9000
Email: horst@12apostles.co.za

Shark Diving

SHARKEXPLORERS
Telephone: +27 82 564 1904
Email: info@sharkexplorers.com

African Dive Adventures (include Tiger Shark Diving adventures)
Tel: +27 (0)39 317 1483
Email: afridive@venturenet.co.za

 Accommodation

Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Tel: +27 11 781 1661
Email: res3@anthology.co.za

The Tsala Treetop Lodge
T : +27 (0) 44 501 1111
F : +27 (0) 44 501 1100
res@hunterhotels.com
www.hunterhotels.com

Singita Ebony
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
Fax: +27 (0)21 671 6776
Email: enquiries@singita.com
http://singita.com/

South Africa for thrill seekers

South Africa is a Mecca of adventure activities and the following activities are bound to get your pulse racing.

Abseiling in South Africa
Where: Table Mountain in Cape Town
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial abseil

Table Mountain in Cape Town is located 1000m above sea level. Scaling down this 260 million year old natural wonder of the world will get your heart racing, boasting its status as the highest commercial abseil in the world – you’ll definitely earn some bragging rights as an extreme thrill seeker!

The activity operates on a daily basis weather permitting and the total activity takes 45 minutes to an hour. This includes demonstration of the abseil, putting on the equipment, abseil and short hike to get back on top of the mountain.

If you’re a thrill seeker or looking to try something new and different, the 112m vertical descent offers breathtaking aerial views of the city of Cape Town and the surrounding beaches; definitely an activity to tick off the bucket list!

Book your abseiling adventure here.

Abseiling on Table Mountain

White River Rafting
Where: Doring River in the Western Cape
Scare factor: Not for the faint hearted

South Africa offers white water rafting expeditions involve a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between. As you enter each powerful section of white water you’ll feel your pulse racing and sense of balance tested. Then it’s out of the power zone with a sense of accomplishment as you drift into flat water again. If you do happen to take a tumble, be happy in the knowledge that your white water tales will have more of an edge.
If you are after challenging rapids to test your skills, look no further than the Doring River, located in the Western Cape or expeditions along the Blyde River which is known for its intensity.

South Africa gets the majority of its rain during the summer months between October and April, making these months premium white water rafting periods (outside of the Western Cape, which experiences winter rain).

Book your white water rafting adventure here.

White Water Rafting

Bloukrans Bungee Bridge
Where: Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial bungee bridge

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

Established in 1990, Face Adrenalin has been operating for 24 years with a 100% safety record. The 216-metre Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

If you think this activity maybe too extreme for you, in April 2010, Mohr Keet set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to bungee jump by taking the plunge off the Bloukrans Bridge at 96 years old!

Book your bungee jump here.

South Africa for thrill seekers

South Africa is a Mecca of adventure activities and the following activities are bound to get your pulse racing.

Abseiling in South Africa
Where: Table Mountain in Cape Town
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial abseil

Table Mountain in Cape Town is located 1000m above sea level. Scaling down this 260 million year old natural wonder of the world will get your heart racing, boasting its status as the highest commercial abseil in the world – you’ll definitely earn some bragging rights as an extreme thrill seeker!

The activity operates on a daily basis weather permitting and the total activity takes 45 minutes to an hour. This includes demonstration of the abseil, putting on the equipment, abseil and short hike to get back on top of the mountain.

If you’re a thrill seeker or looking to try something new and different, the 112m vertical descent offers breathtaking aerial views of the city of Cape Town and the surrounding beaches; definitely an activity to tick off the bucket list!

Book your abseiling adventure here.

Abseiling on Table Mountain

White River Rafting
Where: Doring River in the Western Cape
Scare factor: Not for the faint hearted

South Africa offers white water rafting expeditions involve a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between. As you enter each powerful section of white water you’ll feel your pulse racing and sense of balance tested. Then it’s out of the power zone with a sense of accomplishment as you drift into flat water again. If you do happen to take a tumble, be happy in the knowledge that your white water tales will have more of an edge.
If you are after challenging rapids to test your skills, look no further than the Doring River, located in the Western Cape or expeditions along the Blyde River which is known for its intensity.

South Africa gets the majority of its rain during the summer months between October and April, making these months premium white water rafting periods (outside of the Western Cape, which experiences winter rain).

Book your white water rafting adventure here.

White Water Rafting

Bloukrans Bungee Bridge
Where: Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape
Scare factor: World’s highest commercial bungee bridge

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

Established in 1990, Face Adrenalin has been operating for 24 years with a 100% safety record. The 216-metre Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

If you think this activity maybe too extreme for you, in April 2010, Mohr Keet set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to bungee jump by taking the plunge off the Bloukrans Bridge at 96 years old!

Book your bungee jump here.

Reconsider South Africa:  The Video

 

videoFrameThe latest ad from South African Tourism highlights what makes a trip to South Africa so compelling by highlighting the authenticity and friendliness of the South African people.

Join traveller James O’Driscoll as he experiences the warmth and hospitality of his South African hosts and builds genuine connections with the people, places and experiences that make up a truly unforgettable holiday.

Reconsider South Africa: The Video

 

videoFrameThe latest ad from South African Tourism highlights what makes a trip to South Africa so compelling by highlighting the authenticity and friendliness of the South African people.

Join traveller James O’Driscoll as he experiences the warmth and hospitality of his South African hosts and builds genuine connections with the people, places and experiences that make up a truly unforgettable holiday.

Road Tripping in South Africa
South Africa is a great country to drive around because of excellent roads and infrastructure. So get hold of a new user-friendly book that suggests some great road trips – all perfectly manageable in a sedan – and discover some new destinations.

12 May 2014 by Kate Turkington

Road Tripping South Africa (Map Studio), available at good book stores nationwide, suggests some fascinating off-the-beaten track detours that will give you the opportunity to discover a South Africa away from the regular tourist destinations. Written by a number of top local travel writers, each ‘journey’ is divided into useful sections that give you information on everything from driving time, distances and maps, to highlights and all the necessary tourism contact details.

The book also suggests what to pack (you’ll learn an essential Afrikaans word, ‘padkos’, which literally means ‘road food’), from a fully charged mobile phone, to water, toilet paper and a sat nav (most rental cars have them).

Maybe you plan to drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town? Instead of zooming along the N1 – the major national road – take your time and enjoy some of the many potential detours along the way.

What about a picnic in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park; a visit to St Augustine’s Priory; soaking up the Karoo landscape; stopping for a night at the Mountain Zebra National Park and going hiking; goggling at South Africa’s oldest grapevine in the historical town of Graaff-Reinett (buy some hand-knitted or hand-woven mohair goodies here); enjoying some of the world’s finest stargazing at Sutherland (but be warned, it’s freezing in winter); and lots more scenic, historical and culturally fascinating places, before you finally roll into the Mother City?

If it’s wildlife you’re after, you could choose the Ultimate Safari Route that takes you from St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal, through Swaziland to the Kruger National Park.

If it’s wildlife you’re after, you could choose the Ultimate Safari Route that takes you from St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal, through Swaziland to the Kruger National Park. On this route you can go from one game reserve to another (with no boring bits in between) for 10 whole days. Other options include a golf road trip; a surfing road trip; Route 62 and some of the country’s most wildly scenic passes; a tour around Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route; admiring glorious scenery and swimming in as many waterfalls as possible; a journey along the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast (some of the most beautiful and deserted beaches in the world); or an Anglo-Zulu Battlefield route.

KwaZulu-Natal

Handy tips are given for each route, helpful historical nuggets, and an ‘On the Side’ box for each route that suggests even more things to do and places to go.

All the information you need to know about driving conditions, pet- and child-friendly ratings, the best time to visit and some suggested background reading is also provided.

So as we say in South Africa, ‘put foot’ – in other words, foot down on the accelerator and off you go…

The Swartberg Pass in the Western Cape

Road Tripping in South Africa

South Africa is a great country to drive around because of excellent roads and infrastructure. So get hold of a new user-friendly book that suggests some great road trips – all perfectly manageable in a sedan – and discover some new destinations.

12 May 2014 by Kate Turkington

Road Tripping South Africa (Map Studio), available at good book stores nationwide, suggests some fascinating off-the-beaten track detours that will give you the opportunity to discover a South Africa away from the regular tourist destinations. Written by a number of top local travel writers, each ‘journey’ is divided into useful sections that give you information on everything from driving time, distances and maps, to highlights and all the necessary tourism contact details.

The book also suggests what to pack (you’ll learn an essential Afrikaans word, ‘padkos’, which literally means ‘road food’), from a fully charged mobile phone, to water, toilet paper and a sat nav (most rental cars have them).

Maybe you plan to drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town? Instead of zooming along the N1 – the major national road – take your time and enjoy some of the many potential detours along the way.

What about a picnic in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park; a visit to St Augustine’s Priory; soaking up the Karoo landscape; stopping for a night at the Mountain Zebra National Park and going hiking; goggling at South Africa’s oldest grapevine in the historical town of Graaff-Reinett (buy some hand-knitted or hand-woven mohair goodies here); enjoying some of the world’s finest stargazing at Sutherland (but be warned, it’s freezing in winter); and lots more scenic, historical and culturally fascinating places, before you finally roll into the Mother City?

If it’s wildlife you’re after, you could choose the Ultimate Safari Route that takes you from St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal, through Swaziland to the Kruger National Park.

If it’s wildlife you’re after, you could choose the Ultimate Safari Route that takes you from St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal, through Swaziland to the Kruger National Park. On this route you can go from one game reserve to another (with no boring bits in between) for 10 whole days. Other options include a golf road trip; a surfing road trip; Route 62 and some of the country’s most wildly scenic passes; a tour around Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route; admiring glorious scenery and swimming in as many waterfalls as possible; a journey along the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast (some of the most beautiful and deserted beaches in the world); or an Anglo-Zulu Battlefield route.

KwaZulu-Natal

Handy tips are given for each route, helpful historical nuggets, and an ‘On the Side’ box for each route that suggests even more things to do and places to go.

All the information you need to know about driving conditions, pet- and child-friendly ratings, the best time to visit and some suggested background reading is also provided.

So as we say in South Africa, ‘put foot’ – in other words, foot down on the accelerator and off you go…

The Swartberg Pass in the Western Cape
Hit a six in Cape Town once the cricket wraps up

If you’ve spent an hour or two checking out the international series in South Africa, you’d know it’s been a pretty exciting tour – finely balanced after two Tests, with the Aussies hoping to finish the tour on a high with a win in Cape Town.  And if you’re looking to follow the team’s footsteps, and make sure you hit Cape Town for a six, we’ve lined up some of the top things for you to do while in the Mother City.
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Hit a six in Cape Town once the cricket wraps up

If you’ve spent an hour or two checking out the international series in South Africa, you’d know it’s been a pretty exciting tour – finely balanced after two Tests, with the Aussies hoping to finish the tour on a high with a win in Cape Town.  And if you’re looking to follow the team’s footsteps, and make sure you hit Cape Town for a six, we’ve lined up some of the top things for you to do while in the Mother City.
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Our commitment to Conservation

South Africa is a place of beauty and depicts so vividly the majestic nature of its wildlife. A huge part of that wildlife is the rhino and although a rhino may look quite indestructible (it’s the second largest animal on land and weighs on average two tonnes!), populations have plummeted in the past and now there are fears that the rhino is facing renewed risk of extinction. As the demand for rhino horn increases in the Far East there has been a rapid increase in poaching of the beautiful white and black rhinos.

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Our commitment to Conservation

South Africa is a place of beauty and depicts so vividly the majestic nature of its wildlife. A huge part of that wildlife is the rhino and although a rhino may look quite indestructible (it’s the second largest animal on land and weighs on average two tonnes!), populations have plummeted in the past and now there are fears that the rhino is facing renewed risk of extinction. As the demand for rhino horn increases in the Far East there has been a rapid increase in poaching of the beautiful white and black rhinos.

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Gone glamping: The best ways to camp in style in South Africa

Sleeping under the stars is one thing. But doing it in a king-size bed with gourmet meals and air conditioning sure beats a sleeping bag. More →

Gone glamping: The best ways to camp in style in South Africa

Sleeping under the stars is one thing. But doing it in a king-size bed with gourmet meals and air conditioning sure beats a sleeping bag. More →

Extreme South Africa: The adrenaline enthusiast’s hit-list

Tempted to take things to the extreme? You’re not alone. Thousands of people head to South Africa to get their blood pumping and their adrenaline racing with extreme sports each year. Here are our picks of the best places to satisfy the thrill seeker in you.

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Extreme South Africa: The adrenaline enthusiast’s hit-list

Tempted to take things to the extreme? You’re not alone. Thousands of people head to South Africa to get their blood pumping and their adrenaline racing with extreme sports each year. Here are our picks of the best places to satisfy the thrill seeker in you.

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