With a massive array of geographic and climatic regions and a lifestyle geared towards enjoying the great outdoors, it doesn't matter what kind of adventure you are chasing; you are sure to find it here. Except for skiing. We kind of suck at skiing because of the general lack of snow. In this article we look at five adventures you may not have considered for your holidays in Southern Africa.
Whether you are a novice or a full-blown adrenaline junkie, options abound on how you can deploy these mechanical beasts for your pleasure. Quad bike safaris are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a great way to leave the roads behind and move quickly through unspoilt nature that's difficult to reach by road or foot.
Visiting the Mpumalanga Province is a must do for any quad enthusiast. The province is home to the Drakensberg mountain range escarpment where the scenery rapidly changes from high lying Savannah to subtropical. The transition is spectacular and results in some of the most majestic views you could envisage, including the biggest green canyon in the world. The astounding variance in landscape and the sheer variety of quad trials available here are hard to match anywhere else in the world.
Would you jump from a 216m high bridge just for fun? You would be amazed how many people do. Bloukrans Bridge Bungee is the highest commercial bridge bungee jump, and one of the most popular, in the world. It's also a Guinness World Record location for the oldest person to bungee jump ever. If Mohr Keet could do it at the ripe old age of 96, why can't you?
Whether you're an experienced rider or a novice with aspirations for your first ride, there is a horseback adventure waiting for you at the beautiful Reunion beach just south of Durban on the subtropical KwaZulu Natal coast.
There’s nothing like a late-afternoon gallop on the beach, kicking up sand and surf or even a romantic ride for two as the sun sets. And if you happen to fall in, the water is warm and inviting. In summer the ocean temperature on this stretch can reach up to 27 degrees Celsius, and in winter will seldomly drop below 20.
If you wish to take to the skies for a birds-eye view over picture-perfect scenery, the Hartbeespoort Dam and Magaliesburg areas offer a stunning backdrop for hot air balloon flights. No name is more associated with this activity than Bill Harrop. Acclaimed as the best in South Africa, Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris are unassailably stylish. Armed with a cup of hot cocoa or champagne to defend against the pre-sunrise chill, this promises to be the most spectacular start to a day you could imagine. As you ascend slowly into the skies, the pre-dawn silence is only broken by the occasional blast of the burners or the faint calls of animals and birds far below.
You can't think of Cape Town without thinking of Table Mountain. The mountain is a hotbed of activity for nature lovers with many hiking and walking trails to choose from as well as mountain climbing and abseiling for the more adventurous. The picture-perfect backdrop to Cape Town also serves as an ideal launchpad for paragliding over the mother city. Taking off from either Signal Hill or Lion's Head, a tandem paragliding experience will give you an unparalleled view of the mountain, city and Atlantic seaboard before gliding down to one of the pristine beaches like Camp's Bay.