Adventurous and relaxing things to do in South Africa

Get adventurous in South Africa and witness the most incredible sights in the country with these top activities.

South Africa is ideal for many types of travellers. Nature lovers can experience a safari on the ground or in the air, those who like a thrill can try shark-cage diving and those who crave relaxation have beaches and wine aplenty.

South Africa is one of those countries that combines the best of every holiday into one with magnificent sights and animals.

We’ve compiled the best things to do while in South Africa so you don’t miss a thing.

Top things to do in South Africa


Go on safari

South Africa has a number of parks and game reserves where you can spot your favourite wild animals in the wild.

Some safaris are a week or more long while others are day trips. Some even include sunset or glamping.

Pick the one that suits your needs and travel style - there’s bound to be at least one.


Visit Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is where you can find the big five animals – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. You can see many other mammals and birds as well.

It is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and is popular for safaris, which are full- or half-day experiences. Bushwalking is also an option. If you're a real animal lover, you can also spend a few days taking in the park's wildlife.


Catch a cricket game

Cricket is a widely watched sport in South Africa.

You can see a live game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban which is where the South African national team plays.


Get your adrenalin pumping on a shark dive

South Africa is known to have a number of sharks, including the great white shark.

For adventurous and daring souls, shark dives are available in Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, Cape Town and other towns.


Hit up the local beach

South Africa has some glorious beaches that are among the best in the world.

The picturesque white sand stretches along much of the coast with dramatic ocean views.

Some of the top spots to check out are Muizenberg Beach for multicoloured huts and Clifton 4th Beach and Trafalgar Beach for unspoiled paradise.


Take in the views off Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a famous attraction for visitors in Cape Town. The mountain overlooks the city and provides great views.

It is a mountain with a flat surface that you can hike up or you can take a cable car to its summit.


Go kayaking with wildlife

It goes without saying that South Africa is an animal lover’s paradise. Outside of going on safari, one of the best ways to get up close and personal with its native creatures is by kayaking.

On the water, you can see boulder penguins and hippos. Choose to kayak down the Storm Rivers Gorge for an adventurous day out among quiet pools, deep caves and ancient forests.


Ride in a hot air balloon

After you’ve gone on safari on the ground, take things to the next level and safari from the skies.

A hot air balloon ride gives you a bird’s eye view of the land and the herds as they interact with one another. Popular rides take off from Pilanesberg National Park or Magaliesberg.


Sip on fine wines

South Africa isn’t just famous for its adventure and animals, but also for its wine.

Vineyards have been around since the 1600s and are mainly around Cape Town.

So between your adventurous activities, kick back and take a day to enjoy some of Africa’s finest wines at a nearby winery.

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