Active Adventures in South Africa

There’s no shortage of raw adventures and adrenaline-pumping moments in this thrill-seeker's paradise

By South African Tourism

White water river raftingSouth African Tourism

A white water rafting expedition involves a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in between. South Africa is one of the best places in the world for this kind of adventure.

Some of the better known rivers for white water rafting are the Orange River (Northern Cape and Western Cape), the Vaal River (Gauteng and Free State), Doring River (Western Cape), Blyde River (Mpumalanga), and the Umkomaas and Bushman’s rivers (both in KwaZulu-Natal).

Great White shark swimming very close to a cage in Gansbaai, South AfricaSouth African Tourism

While cage diving allows visitors the opportunity to witness a number of marine life forms, these excursions are most famous for offering close encounters with Great White sharks - some of nature's most powerful creatures.

Exploring the wild on a guided walkSouth African Tourism

A walking safari is a once in a lifetime experience. Visitors can savour the sites and sounds of the veld around them in the most direct way and get as close to wildlife as possible.

Exploring the wild on a guided walk through Kruger National ParkSouth African Tourism

Experienced rangers guide vistors through the African bush, allowing them to savour the remarkable flora, fauna and animals.

Man jumping at the Bloukrans Bridge BungeeSouth African Tourism

One of the most sheer and dramatic drops in the country is found at Bloukrans Bridge. Thrill-seekers from around the world visit the bridge to bungee jump from one of the highest sites in on continent.

Two people horse riding on the beach at sunsetSouth African Tourism

Riding on South Africa's flat sandy beaches is a favourite pastime for visitors to the country. Sunset and sunrise are good times to appreciate this different way of enjoying its shores.

People riding quad bikes through the Northern Cape, with giraffes aheadSouth African Tourism

Quad bikes, or all-terrain vehicles, are a great mode of transport for sightseeing off the beaten track. They can take you further and faster than your feet and allow access to places that ordinary road vehicles can’t teach.

Three men with surfboards on Chinsta BeachSouth African Tourism

Surfing is synonymous with South Africa, which is not surprising when one considers that the country has 2,000km of coastline.Add to this mix ideal weather for the greater part of the year, and it’s not surprising that so many talented surfers have emerged from South Africa to take on the world's best.

Drakensberg MountainsSouth African Tourism

With its vast landscapes and breathtaking views, South Africa has some of the top hiking trails in the world. From the Golden Gate National Park in the Free State to the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal or the Platteklip Gorge in the Western Cape, there is no end to the number of beautiful trails available to hike.

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