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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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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.

More →

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

One thing I absolutely love about travelling is when I get to have experiences that totally challenge or change the perceptions of a place that I had before I visited it for myself.

Today was definitely one of those experiences.

While I know things have changed among the Townships of South Africa, I definitely didn’t expect to do a tour of Soweto by push-bike! Nor did I expect to be welcomed with endless warm-smiles by just about every local I came across.

I didn’t expect to be grooving on the street to a band of marimba-players, or have a djembe jam on Vilikazi Street and I definitely did not expect to go Bungee Jumping in Soweto!

Needless to say, I learned a lot about the New face of South Africa today and that the infamous Jo’burg townships are far from the scary and dangerous slum-areas that many of us who have never actually experi

enced them might perceive them to be.

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

One thing I absolutely love about travelling is when I get to have experiences that totally challenge or change the perceptions of a place that I had before I visited it for myself.

Today was definitely one of those experiences.

While I know things have changed among the Townships of South Africa, I definitely didn’t expect to do a tour of Soweto by push-bike! Nor did I expect to be welcomed with endless warm-smiles by just about every local I came across.

I didn’t expect to be grooving on the street to a band of marimba-players, or have a djembe jam on Vilikazi Street and I definitely did not expect to go Bungee Jumping in Soweto!

Needless to say, I learned a lot about the New face of South Africa today and that the infamous Jo’burg townships are far from the scary and dangerous slum-areas that many of us who have never actually experi

enced them might perceive them to be.

 

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Knysna Elephant

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Tim Charody and his Johannesburg Experiences

Top 5 South African Adventures

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5. Rafting in the Orange River

 

The famous Orange River has carved its way through the African landscape for centuries and is renowned for its canoe safaris and river rafting. The longest river in Africa, the Orange River travels all the way from Lesotho and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. The best way to experience it is to book a tour – there are a variety of tour companies that offer rafting, camping and meals over multiple days.

 

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4. Scuba Diving in Gauteng

 

Scuba diving never loses its mystique and diving in Gauteng is no exception. The Gauteng Province plays a large role in the local success of the scuba diving industry in South Africa, with some of the most popular scuba diving spots being Umkomaas, Durban and Sodwana Bay. Due to its immense popularity, there is no shortage of dive schools to choose from or dive spots to explore.

 

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3. Rock Climbing in Emgwenya

 

In the town of Emgwenya, or Waterval Boven as it was called prior to 2009, lies some of the world’s best rock climbing locations. With over 450 sport and 150 traditional rock climbing routes, there’s no shortage of adrenaline pumping activities to get your blood rushing. Be sure to check out the mountain chalets for relaxing accommodation after a tiring day.

 

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2. Skydiving in Cape Town

 

There is nothing quite like the rush of free-falling from hundreds of kilometers in the air – if you’re a seasoned adventure traveller, skydiving is always near the top of your to-do list. Situated a 40-minute drive away from the center of Cape Town, the skydiving drop zone features one of the best views in the world from altitude. After the big jump, you can also drop by one of the local wine farms in Stellenbosch or enjoy some seafood on the V&A Waterfront, just in case you need to get over the adrenaline rush!

 

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1. Rap Jumping at the Golden Gate National Park

 

If you’re a thrill seeker who hasn’t yet heard of rap jumping, you’ll be for an exhilarating experience! The close cousin of abseiling, rap jumping is a relatively new phenomenon for those who dare to run down the sides of rock faces and buildings. Popular South African rapp jumping spots include Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, however the picturesque sandstone landscapes of the Golden Gate National Park in Drakensberg are the perfect backdrop to fully immerse yourself within the thrilling experience.

Top 5 South African Adventures

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5. Rafting in the Orange River

 

The famous Orange River has carved its way through the African landscape for centuries and is renowned for its canoe safaris and river rafting. The longest river in Africa, the Orange River travels all the way from Lesotho and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. The best way to experience it is to book a tour – there are a variety of tour companies that offer rafting, camping and meals over multiple days.

 

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4. Scuba Diving in Gauteng

 

Scuba diving never loses its mystique and diving in Gauteng is no exception. The Gauteng Province plays a large role in the local success of the scuba diving industry in South Africa, with some of the most popular scuba diving spots being Umkomaas, Durban and Sodwana Bay. Due to its immense popularity, there is no shortage of dive schools to choose from or dive spots to explore.

 

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3. Rock Climbing in Emgwenya

 

In the town of Emgwenya, or Waterval Boven as it was called prior to 2009, lies some of the world’s best rock climbing locations. With over 450 sport and 150 traditional rock climbing routes, there’s no shortage of adrenaline pumping activities to get your blood rushing. Be sure to check out the mountain chalets for relaxing accommodation after a tiring day.

 

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2. Skydiving in Cape Town

 

There is nothing quite like the rush of free-falling from hundreds of kilometers in the air – if you’re a seasoned adventure traveller, skydiving is always near the top of your to-do list. Situated a 40-minute drive away from the center of Cape Town, the skydiving drop zone features one of the best views in the world from altitude. After the big jump, you can also drop by one of the local wine farms in Stellenbosch or enjoy some seafood on the V&A Waterfront, just in case you need to get over the adrenaline rush!

 

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1. Rap Jumping at the Golden Gate National Park

 

If you’re a thrill seeker who hasn’t yet heard of rap jumping, you’ll be for an exhilarating experience! The close cousin of abseiling, rap jumping is a relatively new phenomenon for those who dare to run down the sides of rock faces and buildings. Popular South African rapp jumping spots include Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, however the picturesque sandstone landscapes of the Golden Gate National Park in Drakensberg are the perfect backdrop to fully immerse yourself within the thrilling experience.