Get your adrenalin rush in South Africa
There are many fantastic photos shared on our Love South Africa Flickr group, as well as some fantastic photos shared on Instagram. Here are a few photos and a video of tourists enjoying some of South Africa's adventure tourism offerings.
If you're a horse-lover, experiencing South Africa on horseback is a must. Activities on horseback include exploring Noordhoek beach (pictured below), meandering through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, enjoying a wine tour, and smelling and seeing the magnificent Namaqualand region – this is especially wonderful during spring when the flowers are in bloom.
Canopy tours, or zip-lining, are also a great way to experience fresh air, natural scenery, and to get your adrenalin kick. A canopy tour involves sliding from one high-level forest platform to another along steel cables, suspended up to 30m above the forest floor. The first canopy tour to be developed in South Africa was in the Tsitsikamma region, but there are others in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
If the heights of canopy tours are a little too tame for you, then paragliding may be the adventure activity for you. Paragliding is a great way to experience South Africa's beautiful scenery. Most of our provinces offer this activity, and the Karoo heartland is said to be great for long-distance paragliding.
Caving is not for you if you are claustrophobic. Caving sites to look out for include Peers Cave, just outside Cape Town, the Kalk Bay Caves and Tartarus Cave. The Elgin Valley in the Cape Overberg region is characterised by majestic scenery and also offers caving opportunities.
The photos above and below are perfect examples of just how adventurous exploring the caves of South Africa can be. The caption for the photo below describes adventure caving perfectly: 'Me, flat on my stomach sliding through "the post box."'
For adrenalin-pumping water activities, try surfing at one of South Africa's fantastic beaches – Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is world-famous for its Supertubes, while KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town also offer great surfing opportunities.
If white-water rafting is on your bucket list, as it was for the photographer of the photo below, then the Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape all have some fantastic choices. The photo below was taken in Clarens in the Free State.
Kitesurfing is also available at many South African beaches.
And if any of the activities we've mentioned thus far are too tame for the adrenalin junkie in you, then test your resolve by bungee jumping the Orlando Towers in Soweto, Gauteng, where you can jump between two decommissioned cooling towers; or the famous Bloukrans bungee along the Garden Route – at 216m high it is the highest commercial bridge bungee in the world.
We love this Instagram video of a jumper's experience at Bloukrans:
So grab your training shoes and a wetsuit and come to South Africa to get your adrenalin pumping. Then share your photos with our Love South Africa Flickr group; we would love to see them.