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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.

Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.

Top 5 Best Places to visit in South Africa

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5. Hermanus

A popular seaside down situated two hours from Cape Town on the Western Cape, Hermanus is most famous for being a whale watchers dream. Between August and November, whales can be seen every day along the coastal area of the town. If whale watching is too serene for your tastes, try your hand at cage diving with Great White Sharks on the nearby Dyer Island!

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4. Garden Route

One of the most beautiful scenic routes in South Africa, the Garden Route is located on the south-eastern coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. The route is home to ten different nature reserves that house almost 300 species of birds as well as seals, dolphins and whales. The best way to experience the trip is to hire a car, although you could also catch a ride on Africa’s last remaining passenger steam train, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe.

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3. Kruger National Park

Kruger is Africa’s oldest wildlife park, established in 1898. If you’re after a classic safari tour, the park boasts the highest variety of wildlife in Africa including hippos, giraffes, cheetah, crocodiles and more. If you’re after a camping experience, there are plenty of camp sites and bushveld camps to set up at or if you’re looking for more civilized accommodation, a chalet or cottage could be your ticket.

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2. Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch was established in 1679, making it the second oldest town in South Africa. One of the main reasons it made this list was due to the incredible wine route it contains – 44 cellars can be found in what has been dubbed ‘Cabernet country’. If you’re a fan of wine, be sure to stop by some of the cellars to experience tastings and fine dining within the beautiful gardens.

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1. Swartland

Tucked away within a secluded stretch on the Western Cape, Swartland houses one of the most extensive and pristine beaches in South Africa. The area is also well known for its vast vineyards and the sparse fields that burst into wild flowers during the spring, which have become something of a tourist attraction.

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

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Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

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Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

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Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

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Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.

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