South Africa is more than just National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Wine Tasting. The rainbow nation is also a mecca for adventure seekers on land, in the water, and in the air. There are hundreds of thrilling things to do in this adrenaline seekers' paradise but here are some ideas to scratch the surface.
1.) Horseback Safaris
It's pretty incredible to see the animals of the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve from afar but it's even more exciting to see them up close. A horseback safari allows you to see rhinos, hippos, giraffes and more without being constrained by a vehicle.
2.) Rock Climbing
The South African Drakensberg Mountains are a rock climber's paradise. The region boasts array of routes, 3,300 meter high peaks, and breathtaking valley views.
3.) Mountain Biking
No matter where you are in South Africa, there are exciting routes to be found year round. Trips range from single-track mountain routes around Cape Town, escorted expeditions around the wine lands, and challenging circular routes in Harkerville Forest.
4.) Cage Diving
Visit the Gansabaai, the Great White capital of the world for a chance to see the ocean's most popular apex predator up close. Just two hours from Cape Town, Gansbaai is the only place in the world where sharks can be seen all year round.
The Cape Peninsula is a year-round hot spot for surfers. The numerous points and bays combined with huge swells and ideal wind patterns create ideal conditions 365 days a year.
6.) SCUBA Diving
Thanks to the vast coastline, South Africa has dive sites ranging from coral reefs to kelp forests. Divers are attracted to sites such as Sodwana bay, Aliwal Shoal, and Protea Banks to see whale sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks.
7.) Bungee Jumping
The Bloukans Bridge, located on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape, is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world. At 216 meters, this fall is not for the amateur adventure junkie.
8.) Zip Lining
Home to one of the world's longest and fastest zip lines, Sun City near Johannesburg offers visitors the chance to fly 2 kilometers at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour. Visitors can opt for a canopy tour at Tsitsikamma Falls or Drakensberg.
Abseiling, or rappelling, is an exhilarating activity that can be experienced at Table Mountain, the world's highest commercial abseiling point. Visitors travel up the mountain by hiking or taking a cable car and are rewarded with incredible Atlantic views during the 1,000-meter descent.
When it comes to paragliding in South Africa, the sky is the limit. First timers can take scenic tandem flights across the landscape in locations such as Table Mountain, Zululand, and Hermanus.