Bucket List

SA’s Favourite Adventures!

 Abseiling Lion's Head or Signal Hill, Cape Town

With the Atlantic ocean below you and stunning views of Lions Head, Camps Bay and Robben Island around you, it is hard to beat the 112m abseil of Table Mountain. It is one of the largest commercial abseils in the world and a must for adrenaline junkies. Since the overall experience only takes about an hour to complete it still leaves plenty of time in the day to experience the other thrills available in the mother city. 

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Bungee Jump at Bloukrans, Natures Valley, WC

Bloukrans

The views of the Bloukrans Valley from Africa’s highest bridge are all the majestic and tranquil but throwing yourself off more than 200 metres down towards the river below certainly is not. Recognised as the ‘highest bungee from a bridge’ in the world, Bloukrans Bungee is sure to give you a head rush of note and all aspiring adventure travellers should give this one a try. 

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Kite-surfing up the West Coast

Love surfing? Why not take it to the next level in Langebaan? In this little sea side town's perfect beach side location on the warm windy waters of the Langebaan lagoon, professionals will assist you with your first kite experience, helping you nail that first jump as well! The West Coast in itself is one of the Traveller24's Top 10 Scenic routes in SA. Two-day, beginner lesson are about R2 600 per person.

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 Ceres Zipsliding

Ceres Ziplining

There are many zipsliding offerings in South Africa, but the one in Ceres is thrilling beyond. The slides aren’t the highest in the country, nor are they the longest, but they’re certainly some of the steepest – which makes for ultra fast ziplining action over the rocky Ceres Mountain slopes. Ceres Zipslide offers a range of slides from 328 feet to 951 feet in length.

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The Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Caving provides a real adrenaline rush and the Cango Caves is no exception. Head to the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometres north of Oudtshoorn, to explore  hidden chambers of these 20-million-year-old caves, cut deeply into the solid limestone rock layer. But don't for one second think you'll only be taking a scenic tour of the ancient stalagmite formations as the subterranean tours 

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Augrabies Falls, Orange River

Auragrabies Falls

The Augrabies Falls, fed by the Orange River, and located in Augrabies Falls National Park is a national park located about 120 km west of Upington in the Northern Cape Province is a sight to behold when in full flood. Hiking up to the summit of Moon Rock to see one of the park’s best views is a worthy little adventure and pretty inexpensive too.

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 Sterkfontein Caves

Sterfontein Caves

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, near Maropeng, is filled with fascinating discoveries and going caving in these limestone caves, means you can explore the places where the likes of "Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot” were first discovered. Certainly an interesting experience for the whole family.

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Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

Take the ‘Harties Cableway’ for an exhilarating ride on the longest mono-cableway in Africa and some fabulous view of the Hartbeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg mountain range. Great for nature lovers who will enjoy hiking the area but the is also an educational KidsZone and walkway ensuring a fun experience for the whole family.

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Zip 2000, Sun City

Zip 2000

Zip 2000 has world's fastest zipslide located in Sun City South Africa and it is also one of the world's longest zip slides
The Zip slide has an average speed of 120 km/h over two kilometers and reaching speeds up to 160km/h

 

Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris

Bill Harrop Balloon Safaris

An experience that has become quite legendary. Soar above the Cradle of Mankind, the Magalies River Valley and the Hartbeespoort Dam during this chilled Balloon Safaris. Passengers assemble at dawn in the Skeerpoort balloon launch area for a snack of hot drinks and biscuits before embarking on the hour long ride.

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Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is the world’s third largest canyon and exceptionally beautiful. Home to the aptly named God’s Window, this wonder situated near the Kruger National Park, the Mpumalanga Nature Reserve - adventurers can opt to go hiking, biking, fishing and abseiling, to white-water rafting, boat trips and much more.

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Iconic Otter Trail

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The Otter Hiking Trail found in the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park, Eastern Cape, is undoubtedly South Africa's most sought-after endurance trail. It is a five-day trail, commencing at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and stretching westward as far as the Groot River estuary at Nature's Valley, a distance of about 43km. Accommodation is provided in four beautifully appointed overnight camps. The first hike took place in 1968, making it the oldest official hiking trail in South Africa.

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 Drakensberg Amphitheatre Heritage Trail and Chain Ladder via Sentinel Climb

 

This popular trail to the Amphitheater escarpment in the Drakensberg is so rewarding. The hike involves a chain ladder which ascends the final 30 meter of cliff face in two sections. The Tugela Falls, the world's second tallest falls  - and the highest in Africa) - plunges 948m over the basalt face of the Amphitheatre as well as the highest point on the escarpment  - the Mont-Aux-Sources at 3283m are just some of the highlights of this extraordinary adventure spot in SA.

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Resource: Traveller24, YouTube,  Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway, Bill Harrop Balloon safaris, Zip 2000, Blyde River Canyon Lodge, drakensburghiker.co.za