From diving with sharks to ice climbing - an SA province-by-province adventure guide for when this is all over

2018-10-19 15:06
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With a landscape dotted with mountains, rivers and wooded area - calling South Africa an adventure traveller's dreamland is an extreme understatement. In every province, there is something for thrill-seekers to get their hearts pumping and eyes popping.

Whether you jump off the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the Western Cape or you go ice-climbing in KwaZulu-Natal, there is something that will have you quivering in your boots no matter which corner of the country you find yourself in.

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Read on and find out how you can face death and laugh in South Africa:  

Western Cape

What: Highest bungee from a bridge in the world

Where: Bloukrans River Bridge N2, Khoisan Village Tsitsikamma

Cost: R1000

Restrictions: Maximum weight 150 kg, minimum age 14 years

Find contact details and more information here

What: Shark cage diving and viewing trip

Where: Gansbaai

Cost: Adult divers R1850, non-divers (viewing onboard) R1600, children (12 years and younger, viewing onboard) R1050, Transport R400

Restrictions: Exact times vary due to seasons, tides, sea and weather conditions, number of daily trips, shark activities, etc.

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Tandem skydiving 

Where: Plettenberg Bay

Cost: Tandem skydiving from approximately 12 000 feet R3450, beach landing from approximately 12 000 feet R4150

Restrictions: Subject to Weather conditions, pre-booking essential.

Eastern Cape

What: South Africa’s longest double zip line – 500 metres  long – 60 metres high

Where: Sundays River Valley, about 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth and just 20 minutes from Addo Elephant National Park.

Cost: Superman Zipline R400 per person, Zip line R320 per person

Restrictions: Strict weight limits apply: 20 - 110 kg, minimum height: 1.5 m

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Scuba dive and explore Suicide Reef

Where: Suicide Reef, just off of the Noordhoek Coastline, Port Elizabeth

Cost: Follow this link for more information.

Restrictions: Extensive. Follow this link to find out more. 

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Sandboarding in Oyster Bay

Where: Oyster Bay Lodge, St Francis Bay

Cost: R200 per board

Restrictions: n/a

Northern Cape

What: Whitewater rafting in Augrabies

Where: Augrabies Falls National Park

Cost: Contact Kalahari Outventures for more info

Restrictions: Ages from 10 to 60. A reasonable degree of agility is required for the short portage at the end of the trip.

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Hiking

Where: Diamond Coast hiking trail, Diamond Coast

Cost: Contact Noup for more information. 

Restrictions: A modicum of physical fitness is required. 

Find contact details and more information here.

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What: 'Bakkie skiing' in the Kalahari

Where: Thota Lodge, Kalahari

Cost: Contact Thota Lodge for more information

Restrictions: An open mind and balls of steel. 


What: Flyboarding on the Vaal river

Where: Vaal River

Cost: From R850 up

Restrictions: The minimum weight limit is 45 kgs and the maximum is 136 kgs. All bookings are subject to a minimum group size of 5. This package is for one adult and forms part of a group. Flyboarding is weather dependent. 

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Hang gliding

Where: Hartbeespoort Dam region

Cost: Tandem flights start from R1600 per person

Restrictions: Contact for bookings at least 2 weeks before flight

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Straightjacket Bungee jumping 

Where: Orlando Towers, Soweto

Cost: R900

Restrictions: Weight Limits: 35kg to 110kg

North West

What: Whitewater rafting on the Crocodile River

Where: Broederstroom

Cost: Contact paddlepower for more info

Restrictions: Important information

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Drift trikes

Where: Adrenaline Extreme, Sun City

Cost: R325 for 15 minutes


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What: Hovercraft 

Where: Sun City

Cost: R435 for 15 minutes


Free State

What: Quad biking

Where: 531 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens

Cost: Make a booking enquiry for more information

Restrictions: No under 14 allowed to drive their own quad

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Whitewater rafting

Where: Ash river

Cost: Make a booking enquiry for more information

Restrictions: Minimum 2 persons and minimum age is 6 years. 

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Skydiving 

Where: Bloemfontein

Cost: R1650 per person. Confirm with the provider


What: Big swing/gorge swing 

Where: Graskop

Cost: R350 per person, R700 for tandem for two

Restrictions: The maximum weight on a tandem is 130kg

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Kloofing/Canyoning

Where: Panorama Route, Sabie

Cost: R380

Restrictions: Minimum age: 12

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Rock climbing 

Where: Waterval Boven

Cost: Contact Roc 'n Rope Adventures for a quote



What: Aquarium diving with sharks

Where: uShaka Marine World, Durban

Cost: R197

Restrictions: Minimum age is 12

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Ice climbing 

Where: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Cost: Follow this link to inquire. 

Restrictions: Find out more here

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Surfing

Where: Ballito Bay

Cost: Make bookings here to find out. 



What: Mountain biking

Where: Kruger Mountain Bike Trail, Kruger National Park

Cost: R83 per day for adults, R42 per day for children

Restrictions: A certain degree of fitness is necessary; please remember appropriate comfortable bush clothing (neutral colours), insect repellent, binoculars, camera, correct footwear, hat, sun block lotion and personal medication.

Find contact details and more information here.

What: Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour

Where: Magoebaskloof

Cost: R625 per person

Restrictions: Maximum weight 

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